Georgia Whyte

About Georgia Whyte

I am here to learn a) how to grow green things and b) how not to kill them. Up until now, these seemingly simple goals have proved extremely difficult and my 25 year past is littered with dead herb gardens, murdered bonsais and most recently, massacred flower bulbs (apparently you can’t leave them in a laundry for three years and then try to plant them). If you are a black thumb, a lazy gardener or a garden novice…this is the place for you. Come along with me as I try (key word: try) to convert my tiled inner-west Sydney courtyard into a garden.

Book review: The Bee Friendly Garden

My claim to fame is that I love books, and I have a (novice’s) garden. So this review is coming to you from a beginner gardener, veggie eater, flower lover and book reader who took this book as I take most garden information – an opportunity to learn something that might help me keep my plants happy. And wow, did “The Bee Friendly Garden” help me learn! Continue reading

Happy birthday Cate and Ben

I have two wonderful friends with birthdays in late August. They happen to be dating, and also happen to live together (around the corner from me, yay!). Cate I find easy to buy for, as we have been friends since we were 15. Ben, however, was a slightly different story. I am TERRIBLE at buying gifts for boys. It absolutely stumps me. And since I pride myself on giving thoughtful gifts, this was quite a dilemma. Continue reading

Green is the new black in Melbourne

A few months ago I took one of my regular trips down to Melbourne to visit a close girlfriend who lives there. Over the three days I was there, I was struck by how green Melbourne was. Not that it has more parkland that I remembered or that it was mindblowingly sustainable – but that at the moment green seems to be the new black. Terrariums in cafes, rooftop veggie gardens in the city, living cacti necklaces…you name it, it’s there, and accessible for the average tourist. Continue reading

Rant

So I have a confession to make. I have fallen off the wagon. Two, in fact: the blogging one and the gardening one. The last few months have been very busy (says everyone, always) and I can only guess the early darkness and subzero temperatures (okay, maybe not quite subzero) have put spending time in the garden in the too hard basket. As fun as it is watering the garden by fairylight in your dressing gown, I have lately been preferring to watch David Attenborough from the comfort of my cosy bed. Continue reading

Making an airplant terrarium

Terrariums are the new black, as you will know if you have been anywhere near a garden blog or plant show in the last year or so. They can be tailored to every kind of indoor décor and are relatively self sufficient. Plus, they’re the cutest things in the whole damn world and you just want to cuddle them. Continue reading

How to take a cutting

My general impression of taking cuttings has always been that to make it work you had to cut a bit off a plant, stick it in water on a windowsill until it grew roots and then chuck it in a pot. Except that never, EVER worked for me (except with succulents, which you have to be seriously trying to sabotage for them not to grow). So I decided that growing things from cuttings is a skill that only magicians can do, and every time I wanted a cutting from a plant I got my personal magician (Grandma) to do it for me. My Grandma is 84, and I am 25. I decided it was high time I learnt how to do this myself. Plus, who doesn’t love FREE PLANTS. Continue reading

Hello gardeners!

Hello gardeners! My name is Georgia and I am here to learn a) how to grow green things and b) how not to kill them. Up until now, these seemingly simple goals have proved extremely difficult and my 25 year past is littered with dead herb gardens, murdered bonsais and most recently, massacred flower bulbs (apparently you can’t leave them in a laundry for three years and then try to plant them). Continue reading