Bluestone paver edging

Bluestone paver edging

It might just be a quirk of vocabulary, but I like feeling as though our house has a garden rather than a yard. Gardens are visually interesting and beautiful year-round, or at least that’s my dream. I like the design element of planning out plants, borders and pathways (I’d quite like to be a landscape architect in one of my many unlived parallel lives) and it’s rewarding when you see all your hard work begin to pull together.   Continue reading »

Texas Pete, habanero plant.

So you want to grow chili peppers indoors.

It’s quiet around here lately. Sorry. Jamie and I are having our spirits crushed by our #1 summer (now autumn, now winter) project — stripping and repainting the exterior walls on our house — and it’s making me feel overwhelmed by all things home-related at the moment, even my beloved plants.  Continue reading »

Birch gold

Colour change

Right now we’re in the three-week spell that’s peak autumn. Hobart, like every other city throughout temperate Australia, has many deciduous trees planted alongside the evergreen natives. This means you get the best of both worlds: green and lively all winter, fragrant in spring and brilliantly-coloured in autumn.  Continue reading »

Delicious summer harvest

It’s brag-posting time, because our veggie patch’s first summer with newly built beds and square-foot garden plans was a smashing success. It’s beginning to get out of hand! Jamie couldn’t bring himself to pick off the weaker seedlings when we initially planted them, bless him, so we’ve spent this summer eating every flavour of zucchini and offering up football-sized specimens to our dumbfounded friends.  Continue reading »

Succulent planter

Succulents + a bargain plant stand

My succulent collection is growing! No, but really. All these little squirts were outgrowing their containers, so I knew it was time to consolidate them into a single large planter.

I treated my succulent collection to a new planter and plant stand.  Continue reading »