What do you do when a new housing development is proposed immediately behind your house and your outdoor entertaining area? Well you stop flailing your arms around in despair and you get creative, that’s what you do! Continue reading
There is just so much to take in at the Chelsea Flower Show. So here is some more of the fun, fashion, flowers, fascination and fantastic gardens that makes Chelsea so special. Continue reading
On a glorious sunny Spring day in London the Chelsea Flower Show delivers again. The pinnacle of horticultural endeavours and exhibitors were on display and I was certainly impressed by the gardens on show. Continue reading
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
The other day I found myself amidst a wonderful spontaneous moment, a moment that reminded me of the importance of stopping to embrace life’s experiences in the midst of busy times.
I was working on a garden design for the rehabilitation centre and I had taken the opportunity to get out of the office and sit in the ward’s dining room in front of the windows that looked out onto the garden area I was working on. Continue reading
Some garden projects just leave me in awe. One such project is the Jessie Mary Vasey Labyrinth located at Austin Health’s Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital in Melbourne, the first hospital labyrinth in Victoria. This is a special place that offers respite, refuge and reflection.
Why do we throw so much out when we just need to tap into our creative thinking and we can make some bespoke items for the garden? I really enjoy upcycling, recycling and reusing and I think it is something that we can do more of in our gardens. Now I’ll admit that this style isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m a fan of it. Continue reading
Backyards are havens for children’s creative play and imaginative adventures and the humble cubby house is often the central hub of these activities. So here’s how to create a cubby or play house for a bush setting that could easily fit into any backyard. Continue reading
I love a good sensory garden and how they can delight and heighten our senses, how they can evoke fond memories and how they can draw us in to be immersed within the garden. Immersed in a visual, audible, olfactory, gustatory and tactile kind of way! Continue reading
My biggest challenge as a passionate gardener is actually stopping in my garden to fully enjoy it all, and by stopping I mean for longer than 10 minutes! You see I’m a chronic doer. Lazing on the couch inside all day long is not my thing! Continue reading