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A perfect start   01Sep08
Today's perfect sunny day seems the ideal time to start my garden musings.
Early spring blues   11Sep08
The bright reds, oranges and yellows of my spring garden need the cooling contrast of blue.
In the limelight   22Sep08
In early spring, the whole landscape seems cloaked with a fuzz of luminescent, lime-coloured leaves.
Easy-care shrubs   07Nov08
Once upon a time, most gardens featured a deciduous spring-flowering shrub or two.
Salvias in bloom   16Nov08
Versatile and beautiful shrubby salvias are beginning to bloom.
Acanthus and kin   24Nov08
My parents gave me Acanthus mollis for my first garden on the basis it couldn't be killed.
Trees!   05Feb09
There are some beautiful trees in bloom at the moment in Sydney.
Befriend Begonias   02Mar09
Cane-stemmed Begonia cultivars are summer stars for foliage and flower power in Sydney gardens.
Fab Fuchsias   17Mar09
With the arrival of autumn, Fuchsia plants are starting to look good again.
The many types of Plectranthus provide some of my favourite autumn flowers for shady spots.
More begonias   18Apr09
Shrub-like Begonia are easy-going plants with a prolonged flowering period for shady spots
Sassy Sasanquas   26Apr09
Sasanqua camellias are in full bloom everywhere, to the delight of gardeners and birds alike.
Autumn daisies   10May09
I always think of spring as being when daisies are in bloom, but there are quite a few members of the Asteraceae family which appear now.
Autumn leaves   17May09
Though we don't experience the full splendour of autumn leaves found in cool regions, we can still have a good display.
I have recently discovered this congenial group of flowering plants, which has some excellent shade-loving specimens.
Winter greenery   14Jun09
During the winter months, I really appreciate the evergreen shrubs which give structure to my garden.
A feast of berries   21Jun09
Berry-bearing plants can bring colour into our autumn and early winter gardens.
Hot winter colour   27Jun09
We are very lucky to be gardening in Sydney, where a host of winter-blooming plants can cheer us through the dreary days of June and July.
Fragrant winter-flowering plants can get us out into the garden in July!
More winter flowers   26Jul09
The Acanthus family contains some attractive shrubs for winter blooms.
There are Salvias for every season and some of the most brilliant ones flower in winter.
Perhaps August should be redefined as the first month of spring in Sydney?
I am enjoying some hot-coloured flowers in my spring garden.
The azalea question   27Sep09
Evergreen azaleas are one of the classic icons of Sydney gardens, but I only have two very old specimens.
Purple snow   25Oct09
The wonderful flowers of Jacaranda trees are starting to appear.
Shady whites   01Nov09
My garden has entered something of a white phase at the moment.
The garden created by Wendy Whiteley in Lavender Bay in Sydney, is a semi-tropical oasis, using plants that thrive in our climate.
Hydrangea shrubs provide months of colour with their big heads of blooms, as long as they get enough water!
Gardenia memories   13Dec09
The beautifully perfumed Gardenia evokes memories of Christmases past.
A holiday reminded me of the attractions of this small semi-tropical flowering tree.
Some robust little shrubs are in bloom.
This one blooms in late summer.
Butterfly bushes   07Feb10
I have two different sorts of 'butterfly bushes'.
The colour orange   21Feb10
At the moment, orange flowers catch my eye.
Mistaken identities   07Mar10
There are several plants in bloom at the moment that are often thought to be Salvias.
Deep purple   11Apr10
There are some stunning purple flowers in bloom at the moment.
More autumn leaves   09May10
Mother's Day sees us get close to the peak of autumn-colouring leaves in Sydney.
Dusky leaves   30May10
The use of dark-tinted foliage can add drama and interest to garden borders.
Plant sculpture   12Jun10
Plants with dramatic shapes can provide form and interest during the winter months.
Leaves of gold   20Jun10
Golden foliage can brighten up a gloomy winter's day.
A stroll through a tropical rainforest gave me some ideas for Sydney gardens.
Buds of spring   18Jul10
Even in the depths of winter, we can see the promise of spring in buds forming on trees and shrubs.
I spent a pleasant morning in the garden at Eryldene.
Sunny Sunday   01Aug10
Sunday was a beautiful day to be in the garden!
Winter white   08Aug10
White flowers in the winter garden can create a satisfying vignette.
Pretty in pink   29Aug10
Pink seems to be the colour of early spring.
Baby leaves   12Sep10
September sees the unfurling of beautiful baby leaves everywhere.
An afternoon visiting gardens brings delight and inspiration.
A weekend in the country reminds me of valuable gardening lessons.
Tough customers   24Oct10
Tough and undemanding plants from my parents' garden are favourites in my own.
This weekend I discovered a new nursery and found some plant treasures there.
Spots and splashes   07Nov10
Leaves variegated with spots and splashes of colour bring an intriguing touch to gardens.
Dreaming spires   14Nov10
This time of year sees the rising of spires of flowers in the garden.
Hydrangea time   21Nov10
Meet a rather different member of the genus Hydrangea.
A bunch of flowers with some green carnations reminded me of the fascination of green blooms.
Summer garden blues   06Feb11
We have endured one of the hottest weeks on record in our gardens, but plants have still provided solace.
Bright whites   27Feb11
There are some brilliantly white flowers illuminating my garden at the moment.
Warm autumn flowers   13Mar11
In March there are many flowers of autumn hues to give a seasonal display in Sydney gardens.
A shift of season   27Mar11
Late March brings a welcome shift of season in our Sydney gardens.
Scented leaves   24Apr11
Scented leaves can evoke memories and uplift the soul.
Autumn carpets   15May11
I enjoy seeing carpets of fallen leaves and flowers in autumn.
Beautiful bark   22May11
This is a good time of year to admire some beautiful tree trunks!
Baby blooms   17Jul11
Miniature-flowered camellias are a delightful addition to the winter garden.
Pondering on trees   24Jul11
Trees are a vital element of gardens and our wider landscape.
On bare branches   07Aug11
A profusion of blooms on bare branches announces that spring is almost here.
Fluffy flowers   14Aug11
Some flowers just demand to be touched!
September shrubs   11Sep11
September sees some beautiful and easy-going shrubs come into bloom in Sydney.
As one gets older, there is the need to rethink aspects of one's garden.
Give autumn-coloured flowers a background of deciduous leaves.
Good standards   16Sep12
Standard plants have a lot to offer in the garden.
A visit to the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney gives ideas for spring plantings.
Two flowering trees are creating a wonderful display in Sydney at the moment.
Hydrangea blues   10Feb13
My Hydrangea plants are going to be pruned sooner rather than later this year.
A dead tree can live on in the garden.
Joy of autumn   09Mar14
Early autumn is my favourite time of year!
A nursery in Sydney's north-west specialises in plants for shady spots.
Consider camellias   22Jun14
This is the time of year to enjoy Camellia flowers.
Many plants from East Asia bloom now.
Camellia time   31Jul16
Sydney has the perfect climate for Camellia japonica.
Fuchsias revisited   20Nov16
This year I've learned to grow fuchsias better!
Tough low hedges   15Jan17
I have been admiring some fab hedges this week.
New plantings   23Apr17
April is a great time to plant!
Forgotten shrubs   04Feb18
Some stalwart shrubs for Sydney.
Camellias in Sydney   24Jun18
These plants grow to perfection here!
Celebrating trees   29Jul18
National Tree Day was held on 29 July.
Autumn glory   26Apr20
Tibouchina brings colour to autumn gardens.
Salvias in autumn   10May20
Autumn is the best season for salvias!
Citrus bounty   28Jun20
Citrus fruit give bright colour in winter.