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Summer Petunias

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Summer is a time petunias to shine! They are terrific annuals to grow as hot weather plants adding bountiful colour to flower gardens. Easy to grow Petunias are easy to grow either from seed or you can buy them as seedlings and they need a sunny spot in this garden as this really brings on the flowers. They can be ... Read More »

How to Grow Poinsettia


There is nothing finer than the sight of a poinsettia blooming naturally. The hot red colour of its bracts never fail to liven and its famous red and green foliage has become an important part of Christmas tradition. But did you know that in Australia the poinsettia is artificially coaxed into its flamboyant floral displays for Christmas, preferring to flower ... Read More »

How to Grow Frangipani

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Frangipani is loved for its exquisitely formed, fragrant flowers. Despite its lush, tropical appearance, this tree is drought hardy and suited to many garden styles, bringing beauty to almost any garden. Low maintenance and easily propagated from cuttings, there’s little wonder this is one of Queensland’s most popular shade trees. Frangipani can grow up to 10m tall when unpruned, but ... Read More »

How to Grow Cycads the Prehistoric

how to grow cycads the prehistoric plant

Despite being one of the most fascinating plants in Australian home gardens, the cycad is also one of the easiest to grow. This ancient plant also suits a variety of different garden styles, being as much at home in a rainforest garden or Aztec-style desert landscape, as it is in a super slick modern or formal garden.  Cycad prehistoric origin ... Read More »

Colour Wheels: Repurposed Car Tyre Garden

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When my husband finished building our daughters cubby house, I realised just how steep the slippery slide he put on the cubby was for a three year old. In truth, I had a little ‘mummy panic’ envisioning trips to emergency with broken arms and split heads. After some convincing, my husband suggested that we look at placing recycled car tyres along ... Read More »

How to Grow Capsicum Rainbow

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When & where to plant In spring or summer, choose the sunniest part of your vegetable patch to plant capsicums. They require heat to enable their fruit to ripen. Make sure the soil is deep enough to anchor their extensive root system. Do not plant them where other members of the Solanaceae family (eggplants, potatoes, tomatoes) have previously grown.   ... Read More »

Part 1: Growing Asian Herbs

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South-East Asian cuisine encompasses the refreshing and often pungent fragrances and flavours of Burma, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand cooking. Dishes are mostly an amalgamation of four contrasting flavours of hot, sour, sweet and salty and herbs play an important role in this fusion. Here are some commonly used herbs of South-East Asia.   Coriander (annual) Coriander is used ... Read More »

4 Easy Steps to Propagating Bromeliads

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It’s not hard to convince you that bromeliads are fantastic plants. They bring to your garden a lush, tropical look and vibrant, year-round colour with little maintenance. As a further bonus however, they are also very easy to propagate in four easy steps. Four (4) easy steps to propagating bromeliads 1. Bromeliad ‘pups’ are the young offspring of the bromeliad which ... Read More »