Jonquils and other narcissus

Jonquils are in full bloom in my garden and the scent from a bunch I’ve picked is wafting through the kitchen. Jonquils are thought of as spring bulbs but these fragrant, yellow-flowered bulbs bloom in winter in my garden. In warmer zones than my Tasmanian garden they can begin to flower in late autumn.

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Walk and talk class in Sydney

A new Walk & Talk class series, starting in Sydney on Friday June 22, will see industry professionals take horticulturists, students and green thumbs through a series of latest innovations. It will also provide a platform to brainstorm and work together to reclaim the built environment.

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Centre of plant innovation

An artist impression of the centre of plant innovation. Image Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

A new centre of innovation in plant sciences will be built at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annum in Sydney’s west.  A $60million package will fund building the state of the art centre that will become the home of the national herbarium of NSW.

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Hidden gem of Ku-ring-gai: Seven Little Australians Park

“Before you fairly start this story, I should like to give you just a word of warning. If you imagine you are going to read of model children…you had better lay down the book immediately…Not one of the seven is really good, for the excellent reason that Australian children never are…There is a lurking sparkle of joyousness and rebellion and mischief in nature here, and therefore in children”. Ethel Turner, Seven Little Australians

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Water in the garden

Water in the garden has a long history, as long as gardens themselves. Any history of gardens and gardening will show that the Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Chinese, Roman, Japanese, Persian, Mughal, Aztec, French, Italian, Dutch and Spanish gardens all featured water prominently in their designs.

 

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Love leaves a memory that no one can steal

Thank you…To Mark and Faye Leveson, for letting us into your lives and for allowing us to bring to you what we do best – to make a garden in memory of your son, Matty. While we know that nothing can replace Matty our entire team hope this token of creation will help you slowly find some form of normality in your lives.

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Sophie’s Patch [Part 3]

Designing your garden to be kid friendly is the first step towards encouraging kids to get outside. The reality is that parents must love to be outside in order to pass that love on to their kids. If your favourite activity is sitting on a couch watching TV, chances are that your kids will consciously or unconsciously model that. It may be that in encouraging your children to get outside and love being in the garden, you will also rediscover the joys of gardening.

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