Book review: A New Leaf

A New Leaf invites us to turn over a new leaf with a spotlight on 20 houses around the world with an emphasis on plant life.

Book review: The Plant Clinic

“We have strayed far from the rhythms of nature.” Erin Lovell Verinder.

This is an important book to guide us back to using plants for healing and well-being.

Book review: The City Gardener

The City Gardener explores 20 private gardens created by Richard Unsworth and demonstrates how inspired design can optimise the space we have.

Chateau life…

I don’t think you could ever tire of rolling down a French country lane through ivy-covered woods, with glimpses of a stunning french chateau in the distance. In fact, it’s not hard to see how you could fall in love, dream of buying it and live half the year in France.  Well Australian couple Suzie…

Garden reading…

Two excellent garden books out by Thames and Hudson.

A look inside the private gardens of Victoria and a stunning collection of gardens of Adelaide Hills, Australia.

A Garden Chat – Petrina Blooms

Welcome to the first of a series of chats with garden folk, with a special focus on those who grow flowers for cutting purposes. Our first chat is with Petrina Burrill of Petrina Blooms who grows a whole lot of blooms in her suburban garden in Ivanhoe, Melbourne. Such a treat to hear from this…

Garden party dining for Melbourne

What a treat awaiting us in Melbourne. Like walking through the pages of House and Garden magazine, The Commons at Ormond Collective is an alfresco garden sanctuary with a garden style straight out of Europe. The sprawling gardens have been enhanced with topiary and burgeoning florals. Foxgloves and hydrangeas spill out of basketry, wooden troughs…

Growing flowers in small spaces

I’ve had notions of growing our own cut flowers for a while now but I was always waiting until I had a patch of ground. When the round-about of life stopped this year, we had just moved to an inner-city terrace house with limited growing space. Like many during this unsettling time, the need to…

Dried flowers: a chat with author Bex Partridge

This stunning book, Everlastings: How to grow, harvest and create with dried flowers  is a celebration of the life of flowers, showcasing the ethereal beauty of dried flowers. Author, Bex Partridge takes you on a journey, starting with practical advice on how to pick flowers both at your home and outdoors, with in-depth descriptions of…