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THE LOVE OF LIBRARIES

THE LOVE OF LIBRARIES

‘I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.’ Eleanor Roosevelt.  Dorothy Parker was certainly correct in her quote about curiosity, and thank goodness for that.   Such wise

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ROSE FOLLY

ROSE FOLLY

Sometimes you see another person’s  garden and think, ‘Oh my word, I think I’ll rip all my stuff out and create something like this …well try to anyway.’ This is how I feel about Helen Chadwick’s garden, just up the road from me.  It is a little piece

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MILLY’S GARDEN VISIT IN BLACKHEATH

MILLY'S GARDEN VISIT IN BLACKHEATH

‘Could we please go somewhere without  Des, Pauline?’  This  pathetic plea came from Milly, who lives in the shade of her famous boyfriend, Editor Des. ‘Well of course we can Darling’, I said. I decided she might enjoy a walk to Campbell Rhododendron Garden in our  Blue

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LUKE’S LEMONADE STAND

LUKE'S LEMONADE STAND

Hello, Editor Des here, Well I was walking up to the Blackheath Rhododendron Festival  today when I spotted  one of my neighbours selling home made lemonade. It was opposite the swimming pool in Memorial Park. Actually Fergus was minding the shop while  the prop, propri…the owner Luke popped

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EDITOR DES ON A NATURE RAMBLE

EDITOR DES ON A NATURE  RAMBLE

Hello, Editor Des here. Well it’s springtime where I live in the Blue Mountains. All the flowers are out and the  birds start  singing so early  they wake me up while I’m still dreamin’. I thought it might be a nice time to go on a little

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LAUREL’S LITHODORA

LAUREL'S  LITHODORA

Like most people, I have a  garden full of plants given to me by friends and neighbours.  They are all very special. Some years ago I went on an outing to the home of Laurel Phillips, a life-member of our local garden club at Blackheath, in the

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SPARROWS OF BLACKHEATH – CHERRY BLOSSOM TIME

SPARROWS  OF BLACKHEATH - CHERRY BLOSSOM TIME

There were  some  special (feathered) visitors at Blackheath recently, stepping off the Cherry Blossom Express from Sydney. And goodness me, what a sight greeted them! A misty day, but utterly lovely nevertheless.   Oh the joy of burying one’s beak in those blossoms by the platform. Just

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LOVE YOUR BONNETS, GRANNY! (Aquilegias)

LOVE YOUR BONNETS, GRANNY! (Aquilegias)

How very beautiful are old-fashioned aquilegias, or colombines.   They are also known as granny’s bonnets. Bees love them.                   Here is an interesting piece on the plant’s name, published in 1927; A new explanation of the derivation of

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Lily-of-the-Valley; So Sweet and Gentle.

Lily-of-the-Valley; So Sweet and Gentle.

Lily-of-the-valley (convallaria) is surely the most ethereal of the spring flowering bulbs, with a delicate fragrance.  The botanical name is from convallis, which is Latin for valley. It thrives in a cool, semi shaded position.  Here is some cultivation advice published in 1930, but which is just as relevant

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AJUGA; HERO OF THE GARDEN!

AJUGA; HERO OF THE GARDEN!

Because much of my garden is in at least semi-shade  I grow lots of the shade-loving ground-cover ajuga. Its bronze foliage contrasts well with silver grey lambs ears or dusty miller.  It will thrive in the most challenging of locations.   After good spring  rain recently  the

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