There aren’t too many places in the world where you can see over 50 species of wildflowers in flower during the course of a 2hr bush walk. One of these places is the south west of Western Australia where I am lucky enough to live. The area is an international biodiversity hot spot covering 300,000 square kilometres and although some spots within this area are “hotter” than others you don’t have to travel very far to get an idea of the botanical diversity we have on our “doorstep”. Continue reading
When I last visited Singapore two years ago, the Gardens by the Bay which opened in June this year was just a building site but now it has been transformed into a botanical wonderland. It is tempting to think of the Gardens as a type of Disneyland but this would dismiss the serious aspects of the project which include extending the Garden City theme of Singapore and providing education on environmental issues. Continue reading
Ever since I heard Patrick Blanc’s presentation on vertical gardens at the Australian Landscape Conference held in Melbourne in 2007 I have had a narrow view of what constitutes a vertical garden but the wide variety of vertical garden styles on display at the Singapore Garden Festival (Singapore GF) has caused me have a rethink. Continue reading
It’s easy to forget that you have a Canary Island bellflower in your garden until Jack-and-the-Beanstalk like, a new shoot appears and quickly rockets up to 1m in height within days. That’s exactly what happened in my garden.
Last week I spent a few very worthwhile hours attending the second Landscape Expo to be held in Perth. It seemed to have much more of a buzz than the first one that was held two years ago. The Landscape Expo is a trade fair that is held over two days for those involved in the landscaping industry. I am always amazed at the number of people now employed in the Continue reading
I recently went bushwalking in the Monadnock National Park, named for the huge granite rocks that have resisted erosion and now stand isolated and proud of the surrounding land. The walk was a 16km round trip between two of these outcrops – Sullivan Rock and Mt Cooke. The route we took is part of the Bibbulmun Track, a walk of nearly 1000km from the hills near Perth to Albany on the south coast. Our starting point for the walk was the Sullivan Rock car park, about 40km south east of Perth on the Albany Hwy. Continue reading
I’ve been going to Perth Garden Week every year for more years than I care to remember but I always find something new, interesting or inspiring to make Continue reading
The International Garden Festival (IGF) held at the Chateau de Chaumont in the Loire Valley in France should be on the ‘bucket list’ of anyone who is interested in gardens and in particular in garden and landscape design. The festival is held over nearly 6 months from late April to mid October and showcases 20 or more designed gardens. Continue reading
I’m sure every gardener has a spot where they put plants waiting to be planted, plants they can’t bear to get rid of, potted plants that need recuperating, cuttings to Continue reading
I have just returned from a trip to Walpole on the south coast, which happened to coincide with the flowering of two iconic Western Australian trees – the red flowering gum, Corymbia ficifolia, and the WA Christmas tree, Nuytsia floribunda. Both are spectacular when in bloom. The red flowering gum has flowers in the red spectrum including vermillion, crimson or cream and shades in between, while the Christmas tree has striking yellowy-orange blossom. Continue reading
The south-west of Western Australia experienced a wetter and cooler spring than normal but in the first week of December, suddenly summer was upon us with a few days with temperatures in the high 30s. This was the cue for the Stephanotis seedpods which I had laid on the ground about a year ago to burst open. Continue reading
I went up to Kings Park last week and it was looking absolutely stunning with all new wildflowers flowering around the carparks. It’s obvious that all the effort and money put into getting it ready for the CHOGM meetings has really paid off.
While I was there I bought a fantastic little book called Kings Park’s Special Trees. Continue reading