Like every special interest group, gardeners have their own language. They often turn up in advice from old hands and can leave new gardeners baffled. Take compost heaps: the pride of some gardeners and the bane of others. After wet winter in many parts, those who have a compost heap may find it is on the nose. Continue reading
Escaping from Sydney a few days before New Year’s Eve, a motley group of friends and family headed to South America for a month of adventuring. First Peru and Machu Picchu, then cycling in Cuba for 2 weeks, followed by 10 days sailing the Galapagos. A triple bucket-list trip!
Sometime back, I received a call from a Scottish woman asking for my professional help. The lady – let’s call her Morag – asked whether I trimmed hedges as she needed urgent help cutting one in her back garden. I was asked to do the trim as her husband – let’s call him Don – was suffering from severe back pain and was unwilling to climb their wobbly wooden ladder. Continue reading
If I had a shelf of gardening books to choose from, a ‘Companion to Wildlife Gardening’ would not have grabbed my attention. I think of myself as being reasonably knowledgeable on the subject, but I found the book to be a very accessible and enjoyable read and I have happily come away with a list of plants to acquire and changes to make. Continue reading
I suppose there will be some who’ll say they’ve seen far worse. But this new front ‘garden‘ (to use the term very loosely) really is the pits. Continue reading
Florilegium: Sydney’s Painted Garden is the exhibition of the efforts of The Florilegium Society of The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney. ‘Contemporary paintings of plants at the Museum of Sydney’ sounded most alluring to me, so I was going! I had quite high expectations, and it quite exceeded them!
In Aleppo, Syria, bombed almost daily by various armies, a man and his young son grew plants and flowers against impossible odds. But it couldn’t last. Continue reading