My rainbow of summer flowers | Saltbush Avenue

My rainbow of summer flowers

How was your summer? Summer 2015, if necessary. Mine: amazingly fast and unfortunately finished. The sun sets just before 6pm now, and the scent of woodsmoke is in the air. I wish I’d accomplished more in the warmer weather, but at least my summer flowers put on a great display.  Continue reading »

Hot tips for the veggie garden | Saltbush Avenue

Hot tips for the veggie garden

Jamie and I love the veggie garden, because we get to tinker with things outdoors and occasionally there’s free food. Sometimes I think it’s an elaborate game of chance, regardless of how many afternoons have gone into it, but I’ll highlight three things it’s got going for it: two DIY improvements and one particular plant that we’d recommend to anybody.  Continue reading »

Life with a greenhouse

Our house is pretty okay, but our tomato seedlings are living in the lap of luxury since Jamie built them a greenhouse. He loves his outdoor projects and he loves growing veggies; combine the two and you might just end up with the bitchinest veggie garden imaginable.  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 »