I made a table!

 ‘How hard can it be?’ I asked myself when I began this winter project. Watch the slideshow here to see how it all came together. There’s a touch of Van Morrison to ease the pain, so make sure the sound’s on. Naturally I made the whole building process more complicated by using wooden rafters from the…

A different kind of gardening

Today, I raked rocks. Now that’s something I never thought I’d say! I didn’t want to put too many plants outside because rain was predicted and they’d get too soaked on a cold day. So I raked rocks to clear spaces for decorative paving stones later on. That activity didn’t last long for some reason…

and we’re back!

Yep, my succulents are leaving home and returning to the garden. I’ve been worried about kicking them out, as there have been frosts predicted but now I think it’s time. The first buds are appearing on the cherry tree and a few of the sedums in the ground are starting to look like little plants…

Whoa, we’re half way there …

The garden table and I are making progress. The top is still in two halves, awaiting attachment of the centre steel succulent planter. This takes two of us to manouevre and sadly my project assistant is not feeling well, so I have to wait. (patiently of course) Just in case my zealous sanding caused them…

Oh kalanchoe, oh kalanchoe

And the learning continues … My kalanchoes started turning pink. I was worried that I had starved them of important nutrients and that they were fading away. But no. My mentor explained that this is what they do. Phew! And then I noticed little ‘bells’ forming, which Vicki tells me will become flowers. How exciting….

We’re on the eve of construction

After a lengthy hibernation, I’m back in action and ready to work. The garden plants don’t need me much in this winter hiatus, so I’m now concentrating on structural elements. And a sunshine day today seemed the perfect time to prepare for the Great Table Top build. We (by ‘we’ I mean Jon) found some…

And accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone …

The frost is coming and it’s time to move. Tomorrow morning we’re expected to hit minus temperatures, and so, embracing the idea that damage control starts with prevention, I have dismantled the garden. For its own good. Many of the pots contain plants that are not frost hardy, so they’re now inside, spread around various…

Oh very Young

Who knew these young ones could be so delightful? And who knew leaf propagation actually worked? Lots of people I imagine, but it’s still a surprise to me.  In January, various leaves lay around on kitchen paper for a while and then grew roots. I put them on dirt, and they grew little plants, the…

(Just like) Starting Over …

… only better. Once again, we arrived home after a trip to Newcastle with a car load of succulent goodies. My mentor Vicki, who can’t help being generous, had nursed many plants for me, plus I’d bought several from Margaret’s plant lady, Fran. My friend Sharon also gave me some, as did mum, along with…

Cause you’re amazing…

What a wonderful visit Jon and I had to the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens  this week.  A not for profit venture staffed entirely by dedicated volunteers, it’s an oasis of thoughtfully designed areas that showcase many different types of plants, tended with much skill, and love. It’s amazing to see how much work has been done…