Whew! I apologize for disappearing for so long. A family member has been ill for several months, and I haven’t had time to post. Things haven’t really calmed down, but I’m going to try to get back in the groove of writing more regularly so, here goes: Let’s talk about new plants for 2015. Or more specifically, new plants that can survive Minnesota’s horrifyingly cold, Zone 4 climate. For those of you who live where it’s even colder, I’ve got a few plants that are hardy to Zones 2 and 3. If you live in much warmer climates, you have the opposite problem. So you’ll want to check to see how much heat the plants I’m talking about can take before you buy them. Continue reading
Proving that good landscape design is not always just about plants, Michael Bates of Bates Landscape has made his own exquisite landform garden in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. Continue reading
While the recent Sydney hailstorm damaged buildings, spare a thought for those gardeners throughout the Inner West whose little courtyard gardens were seriously trashed. Continue reading
It seems that seed libraries, which allow users to ‘borrow’ seeds for planting and then return some that that collected from the plants they’ve grown, are illegal in some US states, as they include ‘giving away’ under their definition of selling seeds. Continue reading
Wombat Park near Daylesford in Victoria is open 2 and 3 May 2015 and the autumn colours will be gorgeous. Don’t miss this one! Continue reading
If natural, Australian style gardens are your thing, you’d have to go a long way to find a book more inspiring than Phillip Johnson’s ‘Connected – The Sustainable Landscapes of Phillip Johnson’. From the moment you pick up this exquisite book, you won’t want to put it down; everything from the cover onwards is beautifully presented and the talented Claire Takacs’ photography makes you hungry for more with every page. Continue reading
I had one of those lovely discoveries on the weekend. And social media made it seem all the more serendipitous. I had been befriended a couple of days earlier via Instagram by the ‘The Potting Shed’ in Bowral but, as is often the case with social media, that knowledge existed in one part of my brain but not in my reality, until I found myself two days later in the village of Burrawang for a feast thrown by some friends of mine. The following day, after a short sleep in an anonymous motel in Bowral, Continue reading
Could you feed a garden hose that’s twice as long as your height through a hole barely bigger than the hose itself? And in the dark? In essence that’s how many hawk moths sip their nectar, so research biologists are making artificial flowers by 3D printing to learn how they do it.
Growers and gardeners all over the country are excited about their salvias at the moment. Autumn/fall is a great time for this genus, with plants in full bloom bringing a riot of colour into the garden .
After a 20 year career in television production, Julie Hickson decided enough was enough and that it was time to devote herself to her art. In 2006, she began to experiment with making stencils to add a distinctive form to her work and using them to explore line and space on canvas. Also called ‘pochoir technique’, stencilling is the oldest form of print making. Continue reading
My garden (and of course my partner’s) will be open for the public on the last weekend in May 2015, (the 30th and the 31st) which is the final weekend of openings for Open Gardens Australia (OGA), and the impending event started me thinking. Continue reading