Throughout January, our Melbourne weather was not what we’re used to. The temperatures swung wildly – 44 degrees on one day and 20 the next – while rainfall came in three waves. Early on was a little bit (not uniform), then mid-month brought 10mm (not to be sneezed at). And then in the last four days the heavens opened, the sun disappeared, and everywhere got soaked. Avalon recorded more than 100mm and the day temperature dipped, in places, to 19 degrees and even 15. Continue reading
I am excited to tell you, dear reader, that I have been invited to lead a tour ‘In the Footsteps of the Plant Collectors’ to one of the most botanically diverse areas on earth, Yunnan Province in China. A number of our most treasured garden plants such as roses, magnolias, rhododendrons, poppies and many others come from this floral treasure trove. Continue reading
Plant disease threats just keep getting bigger and nastier and more widespread. If you haven’t heard of Xylella before, you’ll soon wish you still hadn’t. Although burying horticultural heads in sand is what gets us into these biosecurity messes. Continue reading
Can our world afford cut flowers? What’s the true cost of all those Valentine’s Day roses and bouquets that will soon begin to wilt? Continue reading
I want to tell you something about a very ordinary little garden. At ground level it is mainly a mess of weeds, but standing tall and proud amongst these weeds is an abundance of flowers. Again, nothing particularly special. Nasturiums in winter, orange cosmos in summer, together with red geraniums, orange crucifix orchids, pale peach gladioli and the brilliant purple shock of tibouchina. Continue reading
Australia’s shorebirds are preparing to leave on their extraordinary migration north, some as far as eastern Siberia. Here’s an interview with a Eastern Curlew, explaining how it’s done.
If you love the crisp nights and foliage blaze of autumn in Australia you will be completely wowed by autumn in a cold climate. Autumn in the northern hemisphere is a dramatic burst of foliage beauty as nature puts on a grand finale show. Continue reading
I’ve offered to write a review of this book, simply because I enjoyed it. Such books don’t always live up their hype but this is one I’m happy to add to my collection. And whenever I can get to London again I have a new list of gardens to see.
The large spotted gum tree in my little back yard sheds its bark each year and, after ten years of living with it, I finally learned a valuable life lesson from it. Continue reading
Air Bonsai is a new, intriguing and endlessly fascinating way to grow bonsai as it floats in mid air and slowly turns. Continue reading
Here’s one of my recently completed projects – a patio garden make-over after a kitchen and family room renovation. I love it when existing clients call me when they are doing a renovation. I already know their garden style, family lifestyle, how they use and enjoy their landscape, color palette, and the land’s orientation to sun and shadow. Continue reading
Our cities need more trees, but does that mean we should be prepared to cut some down? Continue reading