How to upcycle – DIY Video

Last week I decided to get creative and up-cycle this old cast iron pot that was given to me by a colleague at my work. I love finding old objects and repurposing them in the garden. I thought it would make for a fun and inspiring DIY video for you all. If you have any old pots lying around in the garden have a go at turning them into a colourful planter pot. You never know what you might be able to create!

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By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs

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NATURE’S PIC OF THE WEEK! – A Pop Of Orange

G’day everyone,

Here is ‘Nature’s Pic of the Week’!

A few weeks ago I posted a photo of this Geranium ‘Fancy’ that I had re-potted. At the time, I had no idea as to what colour the flowers would be. Over the last few weeks I have been keeping a close eye on this plant, waiting for the buds to ‘pop’ open. When the buds opened I was pretty excited to see these vibrant orange blooms and how well they matched my pot!

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By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs

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Boots Off Monday – A Mystical Morning

G’day everyone,

Here are the top 5 highlights from my garden this past week!

The garden is looking absolutely beautiful at the moment with all of the spring flowers and new growth. Everyday there will be something new to discover in the garden!

  1. This year I have decided to grow most of the vegetables by seed. It will be interesting to see the difference in the quality of the plant and produce as we progress through the season.

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  1. Planted up against the chicken coop are two Cercis ‘Forest Pansy’trees which have been espaliered over a period of two years. Last year they flowered for the first time giving a small display, however, I have been blown away with the mass display of flowers this year. They are a great small growing tree that can be used in a vast range of planting situations. So if you’re looking for a new feature tree, I would highly recommend one of these!

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3. The Glechoma hederacea ‘Ground Ivy’ I purchased a few months ago is growing very fast and is going to need re-potting in the next few weeks. I have plans to pot it up into a 30cm wire sphere hanging basket. What also caught my attention, beside the amount of growth it has suddenly put on, is the petite purple flowers. This is the first time it has flowered!

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  1. It has taken a few years and a few winter prunes to get the weeping cherry tree to the stage it is at now. This year I decided not to prune the branches, mainly because I wanted to enjoy the blooms. It has been exciting to see this tree slowly develop and flourish. There are another two weeping cherries that have had a big winter prune and will take two years to develop a similar branching network. But it is always worth the end result!

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5. During the early hours of the morning is my favourite time to stroll around the garden and take in the landscape, today it was particularly beautiful.

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By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs

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BOOTS OFF MONDAY – Celebrations!

G’day everyone,

Here are the top 5 highlights from my garden this past week!

  1. A few weeks ago I wrote about my Veltheima bracteata bulbs that were flourishing under my  tassel tree, Acer negundo var. violaceum. However this week I want to share with you the beautiful blooms that the A. negundo is currently showing off. These delicate pink tassels will last a few weeks until they fade in colour, then eventually drop from the trees branches. You can spot this tree from a mile away due to the amount of flowers!

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2. The blue bells, Scilla hispanica, have emerged from the soil in the last two weeks and are now in full flower. Over the course of the last few years I have slowly been able to build up the numbers of these bulbs. Each year once they have duplicated I divide them and plant another clump in the garden beds. They are a fantastic forest floor bulb, under-story plant, in shaded garden beds and are make an impressive display in spring.

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3. Every few months I tend to have a habit of posting photos of these blue Echium candicans flowers! I simply can not help it, they are beautiful plants and they are a great way to encourage bees into the garden for pollination. Currently in the garden there are over 13 plants of Echiums planted and 4-5 different species. They are great as a cut flower and last for awhile in a vase.

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4. I have purchased a lot of annuals and perennials for upcoming hanging basket projects. I want to brighten up the veranda by adding some wire baskets with a mixture of different plants. One plant in particular I have chosen is the Ivy geranium. They are vibrant, tough, have low water requirements and have the potential to cascade 40 -50cm! I can not wait to show you all the finished product!

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5. A few days ago I had the honor to be a bridesmaid to my cousin and help celebrate the next big chapter of her life. I want to share with you the beautiful bridal bouquet! In this arrangement you have Cineraria Silver Dust foliage, Eucalyptus cinerea foliage, lisianthus flowers, freesia flowers and apricot roses.

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By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs

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