Fit for the Climate

In the very south of South Australia, at the bottom of the Eyre Peninsula, we spent a couple of  days in Port Lincoln. The climate there is a so-called Mediterranean climate, so rain falls in the winter and the summers are very hot and dry.  We were astounded at how green everything was after the…

Arid Botanics

As you might guess, the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden in Port Augusta, South Australia,  is devoted entirely to plants that grow in the driest parts of this continent. To the casual observer, the arid areas might seem dull and lifeless, but there’s plenty to see: discovery requires careful observation. The Botanical garden was established…

Silverton

Only 26 km from Broken Hill is the historic almost-ghost town of Silverton. Its origins also lie in the silver mining industry and in fact, silver was discovered there first.  In 1885, 3000 people lived there. Now there are 50, mostly artists and people who cater to the tourist trade. When the mines became established…

National Tree Day.

It’s National Tree Day in Australia today, a day when folk are encouraged to plant a tree. We have planted 19 trees on our suburban block to add to the five we inherited, so although we won’t be planting a tree today, I think we’ve managed to add something to Australia’s tree count. The special…

Into the Outback

Following our March road journey to Melbourne and back, and encouraged by the enjoyment we experienced on that occasion, we set out  just over two weeks ago to South Australia, a trip that covered 4500km, and provided us with many wonderful experiences,  from strikingly diverse scenery to dining on delicious seafood and much else in…

Singing Saul

This week I’m departing from the topic of gardening because I’ve just had a wonderful weekend during which I had the privilege of singing, along with 599 other people, in the Sydney Opera House. Each year, for the last thirteen years, Chorus Oz has provided enthusiastic choristers with the opportunity to take part in a…

Tropical Glasshouse

Recently, whilst enjoying the Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne, we visited the Tropical Glasshouse. I’ve thought long and hard about writing a post about the glasshouse, because what I know about tropical plants would fit on – I was going to say a tropical plant leaf, but they seem to have quite large leaves, so it…

Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

It was a dull day in April when we visited the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, but our enthusiasm was not dampened by the louring clouds as we wandered around the 38 hectare site with its Autumn leaf-covered lawns, its lofty trees and waterways. The RBG was founded in 1846 and is an idyllic oasis…

Traversing the Flat Land

Our recent touring holiday, a journey of about 3 500 km, took us on a round trip to Melbourne and back, stopping at eight different towns and seeing a lot of Australian countryside in the process. From arid marginal land to rolling countryside of glorious green on the coast, we covered a lot of ground,…

Lambley: late Autumn Garden.

I’ve been inspired by David Glenn’s Lambley Garden in Central Victoria ever since I became a serious (but uneducated in the science of horticulture) gardener about eighteen years ago. I’ve bought quite a few plants from there by mail order. So it was with much anticipation that I approached Lambley a couple of weeks ago, during…