Huge Plant Un-boxing: Tesselaar Plants (VIDEO)

Have you ever been hesitant to buy plants online? I have been taking a step into the world of ‘online plant shopping’…. As a Horticulturist and working in a retail nursery it is hard to buy plants online as you can not personally pick out the best of the crop. You put your trust in the company to make sure you receive the best of the best.

So who did I put to the test? Tesselaar.
‘Tesselaar is a unique blend of the growing and marketing of cut flowers, bulbs, plants and perennials.’ – Tesselaar Online.

Plant Quality:
If you have seen the video featured above you will quickly learn that I was very impressed by the size of the bulbs provided. The overall quality and condition of the plants I received were a 10/10! They were great quality.
Tesselaar are some of the best online plant suppliers in regards to their plant packing for transport. Each plant was carefully placed in the box so they were not squashed, damaged, broken and they were very secure. So you do not need to worry about them moving around during the delivery process! Once again I give them a 10/10.


Tesselaar’s plant catalogues change seasonally making it easy to find new plants to add to your garden or plant collection. Plant availability is affected by the season and the correct planting time throughout the year. Tesselaar is one of the biggest bulb suppliers online and have been releasing new and wonderful varieties for many years. However, if you are searching for a big range of perennial shrubs, trees, etc, there are other online stores which can provide more options. However the overall range is 7.5/10.
Delivery Time:
Delivery was a little slow from when the order was first placed and to when I received my order. This was due to certain items not being ready to be dug from the soil to be packaged. Which is completely understandable. In the Horticultural industry availability is always weather dependant and if the environmental conditions do not comply this can cause delays. Beside the slight delay my plants were delivered without being damaged and an invoice was provided with a lot of detail. So I give the delivery service a 9/10.

If you have been contemplating buying plants online but you might be hesitant, I recommend doing your research beforehand. If you have discovered a nursery you wish to buy from, take a look at their media platforms e.g Facebook, Instagram, Websites etc. As this is the equivalent to a face to face greeting. You can get a great understanding of a company by how they represent themselves online and possibly what to expect when you receive your plants. If you have considered buying from Tesselaar I would highly recommend them. I have purchased from them a few times and I have not been disappointed.

I hope you find this video and review entertain but also helpful.
Until next time happy gardening! By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs ©BMHPhotographyTheGardener’sNotebook2018




“A garden requires patient labour and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfil good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them. ” Liberty Hyde Bailey

Picardy Gardens is a hidden gem in the Gippsland region of Victoria. The gardens were created by Bryce and Marian Somes, who found the perfect plot of land for their dream home and garden. They begun designing the gardens and started construction in 1992. The grounds and buildings are heavily inspired by French architecture and landscape design. Which has been executed brilliantly. Walking through the farm gates the first building you see is a magical barn which is decorated in antique trinkets. The barn looks as if it were built centuries ago but it is no older than 20 years!


The gardens have been designed to take the viewer on a journey through the grounds via ‘green-rooms’. These green rooms are achieved by using trees which have been espaliered to make fences or by large screening plants that create n enclosed space with one or two entrances. “The hedges give structure to the massed plantings of perennials and happy accidents.
This is one of the finest examples of a french inspired garden I have seen in Australia. The gardens awaken in the spring with an explosion of colour from bulbs and spring flowering perennials. I can only hope to visit this garden again soon!picardy (6)Until next time happy gardening! By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs ©BMHPhotographyTheGardener’sNotebook2018

Huge Plant Haul! – Video




Do you ever find yourself visiting a new nursery, spending a few hours to look around and then you find yourself walking out with almost everything in the store? 

This is the aftermath of visiting 3 nurseries in one day. The nursery shops are: Cloudehill Diggers, Tesselaar store and Garden Express. I was most impressed with Garden Express as I was not aware there was a retail shop open to the public. Take a look at what plants I picked up from my travels in the video above!

Until next time happy gardening! By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs ©BMHPhotographyTheGardener’sNotebook2018

Kurinda Rose Nursery

Located in the heart of the rolling hills of the Gippsland region of Victoria, Kurinda Rose Nursery is a rose lovers dream! I first discovered this nursery over a year ago and have travelled here on many occasions to see what might be in bloom. On this recent trip I purchased three new roses to add to my ever growing plant collection.

There are hundreds of roses to choose from ranging in categories of bush roses, climbers, standards and old world. The prime time of year to make a visit is from October right through to February. This is because you have a greater chance of seeing the roses in full flower. The nursery sits amongst farmland, so as you enjoy shopping through an assortment of roses, you have a magical view to look out on. There is also a great little gift store which I have picked up some of my favourite garden features. My most recent find where my metal sunflowers seen in the background of a video I filmed for Plantnet. I also picked up my metal hanging basket (link) from this nursery too.
The nursery is open Wednesday through to Sunday. During the week their hours are 9am – 5pm and weekend days 10am – 4pm. If you are looking for a day out and a new nursery to add to your list, this might be one to consider!

Until next time happy gardening!
By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs