Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! There are simple things that we can do everyday which can help take a step in the right direction. As gardeners, Horticulturists, one of our biggest concerns is the decline of the humble bee.

Day 5: Kamikochi

Kamikochi is a small rural town but hundreds of people flock to it every year for a very good reason. This area of Japan is famous for its running sapphire coloured rivers, autumn colour, thick forest hikes/walks and abundance of wildlife.

Boots Off Sunday: Garden Update

I have kicked my boots off and I have had a quiet weekend in the garden. The garden is happy with all the rain we have had over the last few days.But I have been sitting inside, trapped in the house looking out to the garden.... Wishing to be out there planting. But with heavy…

Plant Culture: Plectranthus argentatus

Family: LAMIACEAE Scientific name: Plectranthus argentatus Common Name:  Silver Spur Flower Full sun or shade? Can be grown in all day sun. Plectranthus argentatus is native to the tropical rain-forests and rock outcrops of Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. Even though it's native habitat is very different to southern Australia it can be grown successfully in a vast…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Awakening

I love autumn mainly because as the weather cools the wild mushrooms begin to emerge and awaken from their long slumber. Fungi (mushrooms) have always been a fascination to me and I have always loved to capture them through my camera lens. A few years ago I did a blog post featuring a series of…

PICARDY Gardens

  “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…

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…