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Spring flowering, Australian natives edition.

Now that I’m a suburban homeowner with a garden that needs looking after, strange as it still feels, I’ve been experimenting with planting Australian natives. Many of them are drought-tolerant and suited for the variable climate patterns of southern Australia: beating sun, dry spells, strong winds, torrential rains, light frosts.  Continue reading »

Full bloom (Oct 3)

Waratah love

White waratah in flower at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

Some Australian flowers are better than others. Fact.

I’m partial to the protea family, which produces iconic gaudy flowers like banksias and grevilleas, and last year I planted one of the most iconic of the bunch: a waratah.  Continue reading »