The current spate of high winds in Australia especially is going to cause more devastation with many of our big trees. And yet this needn’t be the case, if better care was provided while the trees were in their formative years.
When we purchased our garden, Timandra, in 2008, there was already a garden on the upper level of the property. The previous owners had formed this garden out of many different plants that mostly grew from seed, under a considerable tree canopy that was still establishing when we bought the property. Continue reading
Did you know that the environmental impacts of concrete are out of control and that the worldwide consumption of concrete is on its way to being four times greater in 2050 than it was in 1990? Did you also know that concrete is the most widely used material on earth? Continue reading
As an avid tree lover, and even hugger, it disappoints me to see news broadcasts showing trees that have toppled during yet another major storm. And I have real concerns about what I am seeing with the root mass of these trees. Continue reading
I have become aware of issues that are arising in client’s gardens following the erection of new fencing. The fences that are causing the problem are probably the dearest; but they are causing destructive wind turbulence and damaging plants and gardens. Continue reading
This is a subject that is very dear to my heart. I get quite passionate about the subject so do apologise if I offend any readers. I have been a sustainable garden advocate now for at least 20 years – well before most people even considered what sustainable gardens really meant. So I have put a lot of mental energy into working out why I think the way that I do about how we design gardens and how we manage them into the future. I was also the only owner/designer of a garden that was accredited with Ecotourism Australia for its sustainability credentials. Continue reading
It is the lack of through-breeze that is probably the most significant factor in whether a frost will settle in your garden. My former garden in the Clare Valley of South Australia is situated in a low lying pocket in a region that is relatively high in altitude. Because of the topography of the region, this garden is situated in a dumping ground for gale force winds from the west. In order to reduce the impact of these winds, windbreaks had to be planted along the western boundary. Continue reading
For those of you who have followed my posts, you will know that I am an ardent fan of foliage plants. Australian grass-like plants certainly fit into this realm, and are used regularly in my garden designs and landscaping. The late Christopher Lloyd first kindled my instinct for using grassy plants in my designs about 15 years ago. He was particularly fond of the Miscanthus plant group, which I also love. But here the tale is about our indigenous plants. Continue reading
Through many years of hands-on gardening and observing others in the pursuit of gardening perfection, I have come to the conclusion that many of us are a rather competitive lot. In a nice way, of course! Continue reading
I must first thank the many people who commented about the plight of Jerome – and they were all such positive cat comments. (The heartache of pet ownership Dec 5, 2012). I was wary initially that I would get people saying that Jerome got what any cat deserved i.e. cruelty, because of the attitude that some in our community have towards cats. But the genuine gardening public didn’t let me down; I feel that all true gardeners have a respect for all animals which I feel was apparent in the many comments shared. Continue reading
Commonly called the ‘Austral Bugle’, Ajuga australis is an easy to grow plant and deserves to be better known. It is an Australian native, but is often confused with Ajuga reptans which is an herbacious plant native to Europe. Continue reading
Reading the eclectic diversity of articles by GardenDrum authors about gardens and gardening, it has become pretty evident to me that a lot of true gardeners are also great animal lovers. It seems an automatic impulse or desire in us that we graduate froma love of plants to all creatures as well. Continue reading
Research is being undertaken by several universities into the effects of glyphosate on soil biota. Concerned consumers are being told it now stays in the soil for a number of years even if applied only once.