Why don’t Flame trees flower more often?


Brachychiton acerifolius is an amazing medium sized tree, when it flowers!!! Unfortunately I think I can safely put it in the same flowering category as Gymea Lilys, which is difficult… Doryanthes excelsa flowers on average after 7 years, Brachychiton acerifolius Read more ›

Importing soil to your new native garden


This image is of a new garden design project for a home that is currently being constructed, and I have been asked to come in early! This doesn’t happen that often, usually I don’t get to site until the house Read more ›

Natives for Pots and Containers 3


I think that this topic will be a continuing theme as I regularly see excellent examples of native species growing in pots or containers everywhere I go. There are many reasons for growing native plants in large pots, one of Read more ›

Why are Kangaroo Paws so hard to photograph?


I have found photographing Kangaroo Paws to be extremely frustrating, which is a great shame as they are one of my favourite native plants. They are showy, have long lasting flowers, a weeping leaf habit mixed with the striking vertical Read more ›

Tough as nails: Actinotus helianthi


It was bound to happen at some stage, I am beginning to double up on topics on my blog posts argh! it is slightly annoying but at the same time I am learning more about native plants all the time Read more ›

Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve


Every spring the Sutherland Australian Plants Society Group hold a day of Spring walks in Sir Joseph Banks Native Gardens in Kareela. I have been meaning to visit this native garden for years t is fairly local to me and Read more ›

Portfolio: Gordon Garden Design


This is stage 3 or the final stage of a large garden I have been working on in Gordon. The rear of the property backs onto bushland which is quite weedy, the space itself held several large indigenous trees but Read more ›

Sandstone Plinth Bird Bath


This is the 2nd style of my plinth bird bath series, a half sawn and half picked sandstone pedestal. I am very excited about this base, it is solid sandstone  220mm x 250mm x 750mm and in perfect visual balance Read more ›

Happy Wattle Day: Acacia cognata


September the 1st is National Wattle day, did you know that? I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t until fairly recently…whoops! Wattle Day has quite a long history going back to when the Wattle became our National emblem, you can read Read more ›

Acid Drops: Leptomeria acida


This was a new discovery for me on a recent bush walk on  the northern  Illawarra escarpment, and even just looking at the images agin now makes my mouth water…..yum sour berries, not everyones cup of tea but at the Read more ›