When I started working at a nursery after completing an environmental science degree I was horrified. Plants that I had noted down on plant surveys as being nasty weeds in the bush were being sold. Plants like English Ivy (Hedera helix), that I had struggled to eradicate from my garden, and Agapanthus (Agapanthus praecox), which … More Environmental weeds and education
After a few weeks away on holiday, we were interested to see how our garden would be. My parents looked after it whilst we were gone, but with barely any rain there was not surprisingly a couple of casualties: a Banksia spinulosa dwarf that I had put in recently died and my Xerochrysum bracteatum ‘Dargan Hill Monarch’ is … More Garden update: ripening fruit, pickling peppers, and caterpillars
I am sometimes asked why I love Australian native plants so much and why do I want to plant the majority of our garden with them. So I thought I would write a post about why I’m partial to them. Why not?! Firstly, why can’t I take a liking to them and plant them throughout … More Why Australian native plants?
I often feel embarrassed about our unfinished garden. Of course, no garden is ever finished, but some of our garden has never really began. We moved into our property almost 5 years ago, and at the beginning we didn’t really have that much spare time to do anything because we were both busy working full-time, … More Unfinished business
I remember growing up hearing the term “green thumb”, usually in reference to my maternal grandmother or aunt, who took a keen liking to plants and who always had a nice garden. As a youngster, I thought that it must be something that you were born with and since I didn’t really take a keen … More Why it’s never too late to have a “green thumb”
After a cooler than usual spring, we have finally had an increase in temperature and with that we have had an increase in insect visitors to our garden. On a warm day I really enjoy just standing in the garden with my camera and seeing what insects are about. Many of them are too small … More Increase in temperature = increase in insects
Last month I was asked to speak at the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne’s Kangaroo Paw Symposium about the value of kangaroo paws for wildlife habitat. I thought I would put an overview of my talk here for others to read. Creating habitat for wildlife is something that is very close to my … More Value of kangaroo paws for wildlife habitat
Two weeks ago we acquired two beautiful Miniature Schnauzers who are still teenagers. We have thankfully found that they are not actively destructive, however, being teenagers they do love to roar around the backyard chasing each other in a boisterous fashion. It is quite entertaining to watch, however, we have realised that we need to rethink … More Adapting a garden when new dogs arrive
It has been quite a bit of time between posts, but not a massive lot has happened in our garden since my last post. We did, however, lose our much-loved dog to old age about a month ago. The garden doesn’t seem to be the same without her asleep in the sun. It has been … More Spring weather is finally here!
Last weekend I decided to visit a garden only half an hour’s drive away from Melbourne with a couple of friends – the garden of Attila and Michele Kapitany in Narre Warren North. The garden is almost entirely made up of succulents. I must admit that we don’t have many succulents in our garden, but I … More Open Garden – Attila & Michele Kapitany’s succulent garden