Hidden Design Fest 2018

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This year is the first time I have managed to make it to AILDMs “Hidden Design” garden festival, where you get to have a nosey into some of Sydney’s private landscaped designed gardens….ohh what a treat! I didn’t get to Read more ›

Some like it hot! Buckinghamia celsissima

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All this hot weather has certainly been of benefit to the Ivory Curl trees in and around Sydney, they are blooming themselves silly! This photos in this blog post are of a specimen in my mums garden in Wollongong, the Read more ›

My obsession with Breynia ‘Ironstone’

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Technically this is Breynia cernua ‘Ironstone Range’ and I absolutely adore it, these images are taken in a friends garden, he is a very talented “master” gardener and treats his Breynia ‘Ironstone’ mean….and it loves him for it 😉 I have written Read more ›

Sweet: Grevillea ‘Blood Orange’

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I am generally not a massive fan of the large flowering Grevilleas, mainly because they encourage the wrong birds, well not the wrong birds but birds who already have a plentiful source of food. However when someone asks for a Read more ›

Portfolio: Mount Keira Garden Design Revisit

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My, my look how things have grown 🙂 this garden has completely filled out and become the luscious, illawarra escarpment semi-rainforest garden it was always meant to be! In the image above you can see the turf paver area is Read more ›

Portfolio: Garden Design West Wollongong

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This front garden in West Wollongong was created to function as a place for peaceful relaxation and observation, it also needed to have careful consideration in regards to levels and access to the front gate and letterbox. Originally the front Read more ›

The happiest Daisy: Pycnosorus globosus

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Billy Buttons is a native daisy with an immense power to make anyone smile, there is something about its large bright yellow ball flowers standing to attention in a showy clump that is irresistable. To top it off it has Read more ›

The ‘New’ formal Native Garden

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When most people think of a formal garden the first images that spring to mind are rows of neatly clipped Buxus borders with some Robinia topiary and maybe a screening Camellia hedge. These are some of the easiest plants to Read more ›