Redwood Forest – Sequoia sempervirens

Standing along side these Redwood giants I am completely absorbed and astonished by them. The Redwood, Sequoia sempervirens, plantations were first established in the 1940s by the Board’s forest hydrology research program in Warburton, Victoria. With many other conifer species already found growing in the Cement Creek area the research team endeavoured to collect comparative data on each of the species.

Redwood Forest 2-2In this plantation there are over 1476 Redwoods planted in a grid, thus giving the illusion of rows and rows of never ending trunks! The smallest Sequoia sempervirens in this plantation is recorded to be approximately 20 metres high and the tallest reaching 55 metres. Standing beneath them and looking up to their canopies is a magnificent sight. However, compared to their siblings across the other side of the world in America and Canada, these trees would look like babies. Especially if you were to measured them up against those found growing in those other countries. But regardless of size they are a very beautiful tree. Their emerald green foliage contrasts beautifully against the rough red wood of their trunks. If you find yourself travelling towards Warburton take a moment to go visit this National Park.Redwood Forest 2Redwood Forest

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


Cathedral Range Hike

This particular weekend I found myself doing something a bit spontaneous. I travel to the Cathedral Ranges to do a hike on these spectacular mountain ridges. I travelled with two others on this hike, which you will see them in the slideshow of photos. We decide to explore the southern side of the range by hiking the Razorback and Sugarloaf Peak trails. Both trails are ranked at a high level of difficulty due to the steep, (unassisted) rock scrambling along exposed ledges.



We departed from the campsite at 2pm, we hiked for a total of 4 hours until be reached the summit of the Sugarloaf Peak. Along the way we were rewarded with spectacular views and an extreme sense of adventure as we climbed some very steep boulders. That is where I was grateful for my bouldering skills. The alpine flora was beautiful to see but the geographic landscape was jaw dropping. This isn’t the tallest mountain I have climbed but it was the most ‘sketchy’. At the highest point this ridge is approximately 900 metres. But it might not be the tallest mountain I have hiked but with a drop of over hundred metres right on the ledge, it sure was scary at some stages. You truly feel the altitude with this hike. If you are interested in climbing this mountain I would highly suggest taking a look at this website link, provided is all the information you will need!


Overall we hiked for 6-7 hours and walk/climbed 15km, with that comes a lot of photos. Check out the slideshow of photos below!



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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