The Undervalued Link Between Colour and Scent

My nose tells me that there must be a genetic link between flower colour and flower scent, but it’s not something written about at all in the garden literature.  Maybe I’d find something in the literature pertaining to breeding for the florist industry, but I don’t know where to look. Continue reading

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When the language falls short

Its that time of year when even the most depressing of hardware garden centres is underservedly graced, for just a few weeks, with the ambrosial – the paradisiacal – the entirely matchless – scent of boronia. Continue reading

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Originality is overrated

There’s this thing going on the The States at the moment, where they stick their pots of annuals and perennials full of….well…sticks.  It may well be happening elsewhere, but its been a while since I’ve been elsewhere. Continue reading

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A Sigh of Horticultural Happiness

Just back from the USA, and lingering in a state of garden bliss. In no other two- week period of my life have I accessed such a broad spectrum of garden aspiration and achievement (except, perhaps, running the same tour last year).  Continue reading

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Thinking inside the sphere

Just clipping my English box given the cool and cloudy weather, thus minimizing the post-clip burn that can decimate these otherwise bullet-proof plants.  Box manifests in three forms here – spheres; long, lumpy curvaceous grubs; and low formal hedging forming arcs around raised veg beds. Continue reading

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The Stuff You Stumble Upon

Just on a quick dash to the Adelaide Hills for a wedding today, and driving through Stirling this morning, there was an audible gasp from the drivers seat as this roundabout came into view. Couldn’t work out what I was looking at – what plant created this hovering laminar effect, about 1.5 above ground. Continue reading

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