Using re-purposed items in the garden is not just about being more sustainable. It is also a great way to add character to the items in your garden, save money and can be a lot of fun.
My messy garden is a magical and alive place, which manages to delight and surprise me daily. It is a garden which is happy to keep growing and flowering, even if I tend to neglect it. Too much neglect and it becomes a jungle, but that is all part of the joy of gardening in the subtropics.
The colour we use in our gardens, be that foliage or flowers, is highly personal but is also key to creating the mood of the garden. We see soft pinks and whites as romantic, reds and yellows as vibrant, and blues and purples as relaxing. Continue reading
It is early September as I write – spring! Today was over 30ºC, as were quite a few of our supposedly winter days. Brisbane, admittedly, is not overly cold at any time but I have never experienced over 30 degrees on a winter’s day. It has been the hottest one on record, and we are far from alone there. Continue reading
Weeds have a place in a healthy diet at any time of year, but during the colder months as coughs and colds set in, nature supports us by providing an abundance of seasonal weeds which are ideal to support our immune system. Continue reading
I recently had the immense delight to be present at the launch of ‘A Delicious Bunch’. Held at a tiny but wonderful culinary-themed bookshop (A Scrumptious Read), the event was anything but lacking in colour and joy! Much like the book itself really, not to mention the author! Continue reading
“I have some new plants, I’ll just wait till the end of winter to plant them”. I hear this often. My reply is always “No! Plant them now.” Continue reading
I have written here before about my miserable efforts to grow vegetables. Nothing has changed. I am however growing more and more food in my garden. My family eat numerous subtropical edibles and lots of weeds. Not so many carrots and zucchini but plenty of highly nutritious greens. Continue reading
I was delighted to read this book, as weeds are such a favourite topic of mine. This book will now spend more time in easy reach than it will on the bookshelf. Continue reading
When a friend was recently telling me all about her parterre garden in Armidale I was somewhat horrified for her, until she kindly pointed out what a very different climate Armidale is to where I am in Brisbane. I have never really enjoyed the look of those amazing parterre gardens, mazes and formal hedges of the grand European gardens. I am a professional gardener and they always bring to mind endless hours of hedge trimming resulting in aching arms and backs!!!! Continue reading
A Beekeeper’s Year: a practical guide to caring for bees and beehives is a beautiful book. The front cover picture made me want to read this book, and the photography throughout was beautiful, engaging and very helpful. I am not a bee keeper, nor do I really intend to be although I like the idea of it. In spite of that I really enjoyed this book. It is interesting, highly readable and I learnt a lot about bees. Continue reading
At the moment my love for my dogs and my love for my garden are in serious conflict. A conflict that my poor beloved garden seems to be losing. Continue reading
Yes it does happen. Like us, plants are living creatures and their days are numbered. For some their number of days may be a very large number, for others not so large, but regardless what that number is, no living thing is truly immortal. Continue reading