While it is true that our New England gardens go dormant in winter (mostly – see Witch Hazel), there are a few reasons to keep an eye out for problems as a result of our damaging weather. Snow and ice can cause significant damage to trees and shrubs, and every winter I learn of broken branches and snapped trunks from clients. Continue reading
Whilst travelling in South America, we came across this intriguing plant by the name of Llareta – the Spanish name for the Yareta – Azorella compacta. It was highly conspicuous on the rocky and seemingly infertile mountainsides in Peru, Bolivia and Chile. Only growing at high altitudes between 3200 m and 4500 m., the plants are in some cases reputed to be as much as 3000 years old! Continue reading
Prison gardens are not new, but this vegetable gardening program in San Quentin is really changing lives and futures for many prisoners. Continue reading
I’ve been gardening since I was a little girl, and I’ve always seen it as the art of surrounding myself with beauty. Being in Idaho, we have pretty harsh winters. Nothing like the polar vortex in the Midwest, but it does get quite cold. And as most people know, snow is not a garden’s best friend. Continue reading
Are you plants being eaten – TO THE DEATH? Not by caterpillars and snails, but the furry critter kind that can, by repeated eating, kill even a mature tree or shrub. Whether they’re rabbits, deer, possums or elephants….help other gardeners by sharing your local knowledge in the GardenDrum WORLDWIDE SURVEY ‘What’s eating you..and your plants‘
Scrambling, twining, creeping vines whichever way you look at them, have always been popular for a multitude of reasons not least as they are usually fast and ‘flower heavy’. The following is by no means the only way they might grow for you, its just an idea on how I’ve worked subtropical and tropical climbers into coastal gardens, usually out of the wind facing winter north (southern hemisphere) or south (northern hemisphere), in pretty good organically enriched soil and with adequate summer water. Continue reading
Although we’ve known for a while that living near green space improves people’s mental health, new research show that this improvement persists for years, making it better than winning the lottery.
Every year I find magic right in my garden after a snowfall. Saturday’s snow was just the right consistency for creating ‘snow flowers’ that last awhile. A little wet so it lingers and when you shovel, you have to pause. What are ‘snow flowers’ you ask? I learned about this concept in a novel I read years ago. The title and author long forgotten, but the idea that in ancient Japan villagers held an annual ‘Snow Flower Festival’ nestled in my memory like a precious jewel. Continue reading
Vitoria-Gasteiz in the Basque area of northern Spain is home to a huge new external greenwall. It’s even got trees. Yes, in a GREENWALL. And wow, you should also see the lighting! Continue reading
Compared to ground cover plants, pavers and decorative gravels, turf is more cost effective. The recent economic downturn has seen the sale of turf boom. Why? It is the lowest cost choice for home owners and landscapers to cover the ground. Recently, at the International Erosion Control conference on the Gold Coast, an independent economic expert presented a cost analysis of turf compared to other erosion control surfaces. When compared to other ground cover surfaces and other erosion control techniques, turf was the most cost effective alternative based on percentage of cover and effectiveness. This has major implications for the home gardener and general landscaping. Continue reading
I thought readers would like an update of what the Friends of La Trobe’s Cottage have been up since last time I blogged. Our two major garden projects have finally been completed. The cottage is interpreted to the early 1840s using the George Alexander Gilbert’s painting of View of Jolimont, Melbourne, Port Philip 1843-44 and using that picture we have reinstated the lattice on the front veranda steps and the little veranda outside the dining room window. Continue reading
Sydney – don’t forget to bring your best home-grown tomatoes to the Royal Botanic Garden on February 2 to enter in their Tomato Festival ‘Best in Show‘ competition. Register by Thursday, January 30. These heirloom tomatoes growing outside the Palm House should ripen right on time for the Tomato Festival. Will yours?