A WORLD OF WHEELBARROWS

A WORLD OF WHEELBARROWS

Where would we gardeners be without our wheelbarrows? I have early memories of being carted out in one by my older siblings. They have always provided fun for kids. I was interested to  discover that the development of the wheelbarrow began in China around AD200.  Chuko Liang,

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A HOPLESS FROG IN MY GARDEN!

A  HOPLESS FROG IN MY GARDEN!

In 1984 my darling mother Myra was suffering from the ovarian cancer that took her life.  While I  was visiting her in Tasmania I noticed a  cheeky little frog on her bedside table. ‘He cheers me up’, she said.  I could see why; he was adorable. Froggy

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MOTHER NATURE’S QUILTS AND CARPETS

MOTHER NATURE'S QUILTS AND  CARPETS

AXMINSTERS OF THE EARTH OK, eyes down, gardeners and nature lovers! I know there are wonderful carpets of blossom in spring,  but autumn is definitely the  main period for appreciating Mother Nature’s work. It’s one of the main reasons I moved from Sydney to the Blue Mountains

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KADOORIE FARM AND GARDENS

KADOORIE FARM AND GARDENS

ORIGINS OF THE FARM Following the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during World War II, many farmers were destitute and unable to produce sufficient food for the enormous influx of refugees. In 1951, Hong Kong businessman Lord Lawrence Kadoorie and his brother Sir Horace Kadoorie, formed an

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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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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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An Old Weber Never Dies.

An Old Weber Never Dies.

As with most Australians, the  ubiquitous Weber bar-b-que was part of my life for many years. And yes, it even produced our Christmas turkey on a couple of occasions. But somehow we lost our passion for bar-b-ques and the old Weber was retired from service. We tried

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THE STORY OF THE SPIDER STUMP

THE STORY OF THE SPIDER STUMP

WARNING…..INCLUDES CONFRONTING SPIDER PICTURE! It wasn’t until my friend  Dianne told me about her battle to get rid of ivy in her new garden that I realized my own ivy problem had become super-serious.  Stupidly, I  had deliberately  spread the variegated variety around. I’d considered it more

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Divine Daphne

My garden  in the chilly Blue Mountains has acid soil, which is why I grow azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas…..and daphnes. At last count I had nine…..sorry, ten. What could be better than a shrub that flowers in mid winter and has one of the most heavenly perfumes imaginable?

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Hello Possums!

Hello Possums!

    ‘Hello Possums!’   has long been Dame Edna Everidge’s affectionate greeting to her audience. They are definitely very cute….in their place!   Once  my husband and I awoke  before dawn to the tinkling of glassware and thought a burglar  was making off with our crystal goblets. We

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