Amber is ADORABLE. And her friend Olivia. Watch as they make grass caterpillars and snakes – a great project for all kids (and adults!)
In warm temperate to subtropical areas, agapanthus have been the gardener’s friend for decades. Cheap to buy and easy to propagate, drought tolerant, low maintenance and reliably flowering through November and December, agapanthus can be found in most suburban gardens through east coast Australia. But I’ve just removed the last of mine as this previous stalwart is now an ugly liability. What happened? Continue reading
Well know garden author Anne Latreille will talk about her latest book Garden Voices and, in particular, landscape designers and architects who have worked in NSW, such as Craig Burton, Walter Burley Griffin, Bruce Mackenzie, Vlad Sitta, Betty Maloney and Jean Walker this Thursday 20 February, 6.30pm at Berkelouw Bookshop, 12-14 Park Rd Mona Vale. To book, phone 02 9979 2112. More details at Berkelouw Books.
Once upon a time there were two sisters, Big Pink and Big Red. As the older one grew strong and fair in the sunshine, with flaming red locks, so the other, younger sister shrivelled and faded away, cursed by the dreaded Pelargonium Rust Fairy, who perhaps had been overlooked when the invitations to the plant launch went out. Should we wait for the handsome Prince Antifungal to arrive, or shall we wave a sad goodbye to Big Pink forever? Continue reading
The huge Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle brings an early spring – and a spring in the step – to many in the USA’s Pacific northwest. The high-quality show gardens (21 this year) are always a highlight, and it’s very interesting to follow what are the latest landscape design trends in the USA. This year’s theme was ‘Art in Bloom‘. Continue reading
Urban heat islands threaten our health, our ability to reduce our carbon output and the very liveability of our cities. An urban heat island describes the way that urban, and increasingly also suburban areas no longer cool down overnight, causing such summer heat stress among our more physically vulnerable elderly, children and homeless people that in some Australian states the death rate from heat stress is now higher than the road toll. Today I’m talking with Steffen Lehmann who is leading a new three year research project which will identify the extent of our heat island problem, what’s causing it, and how we can change public policy and what we do ourselves to fix it. Continue reading
Tomatoes and rhinos don’t often come together in the same sentence, or day for that matter. Friday in the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney was an exception with tomatoes, those magnificent and colourful beasts of the fruit and vegetable world, playing to the crowds alongside that equally ‘colourful’ and magnificent of wild beasts, the rhinoceros. Continue reading
You can use paint or texture finishes to add pizzaz to a drab area, disguise ugly bits and pieces that detract from your garden, unify a group of disparate elements or create colour focal points. Whether your garden makeover is on a big or small budget, one of the best parts about using paint in your garden makeover is that it’s not permanent. You can even do a complete colour makeover every season if you want to give your garden a fresh new look. Continue reading