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Hello and welcome to iGarden. Anyone who knows me will know that I am 'The Compulsive Gardener' - I love everything about gardening.

Allow me to share some of my enthusiasm and interests in gardening with a focus on the plants I know best and those that do especially well in my own Sydney garden.

This is more than just about plants: it's also about the people involved in gardening; their books and gardens; planting schemes; choosing appropriate plant types; colour selection... There is plenty to think and read about in iGarden.

So, while you are here, enjoy all my blogs, have a browse through my list of Plants and don't forget to check out the Discussion Forums, Marketplace, Garden Ramble and your local Gardening Events.

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"Plant sculpture"

Plants with dramatic shapes can provide form and interest during the winter months.

At this time of the year, many gardens (my own included) can look a bit messy and unkempt and it is when I crave solid, sculptural elements in the garden for visual satisfaction. I always admire manmade sculptures in other people's garden but am too scared of choosing something for my own garden, in case I make a terrible mistake. So I prefer instead to use plants to provide that sculptural element in my own garden and make a statement against a background of amorphous foliage.  ... Read On »

June in my garden

What's in bloom

See the full list of what's flowering in my garden this month. Here »


Jobs to do

Though the weather is cold, there are lots of jobs to be done in the garden in June! Read More »


My Gardening Tip of the month

Watch out for the nasty black and yellow amaryllis caterpillar (also called the lily borer) which can be around at the moment, attacking Clivia and Amaryllis. Use pyrethrum or Success to get rid of them (or squash them!) as they are very destructive. Spray your citrus trees with Eco Oil to deter the bronze orange beetle, which can ruin your citrus crops in spring.

My Plant Reference

My current garden is located in one of Sydney's northern suburbs so my focus is naturally on what does well here. I have grown over 301 different plant varieties that are all described in this reference.
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Discussion Forums Recent Item

"Miscellaneous" forum topic: "Kay Parris magnolia seed pods"

Frances asks:
 Should I remove the seed pods from the Kay Parris magnolia?

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