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June 17th, 2013 - 2:24 PM § in Australian Native Landscapes

Those Winter blues

Well it’s Winter in the southern hemisphere. Outside the rain is pouring. Pounding against the side of the house and rattling the roof. Gutters are being filled with rain and some gutters are so full that the water has no where else to go but make its way through cracks and into the house, which is what has happened at my parent’s house. Winter’s a trying time of the year. I’m not too fond of being cold and wet and working with stiff hands and a frozen nose.

Luckily in Melbourne, winter doesn’t stop the gardeners and landscapers. Only sometimes like today, are gardeners and landscapers at home mulling about, fixing tools or catching up on invoices and quotes. Only the willing and the most keen are working outside, plucking weeds, trimming hedges, laying blocks or unblocking drains. In the process, they’re getting wet, feeling bad, the job doesn’t look good and they’re angry, sore and emotionally drained, from the rain and cold knocking them about.

These days Winter is different. Gone are the super cold days we use to know in Melbourne. It’s not as harsh as I remembered it, climate change? Probably not, more likely just a cycle. Occasionally, we get a heavy down-pore of rain, which does more harm than good. But other than that, Winter is not Winter any more. It’s more like a colder version of Autumn or Spring. Two seasons that I like a lot more. But alas, Winter is good for something. Staying indoors by a warm fire. Or reading a book by the warmth of the heater. Or having a nice fluffy animal on your lap. That’s what Winter is good for.

Bring on Summer I say. It’s my favourite season. I was born in February, probably on a day over 30 degrees. That’s what I love. And that’s what I need right now. I will have to wait a few months till I’m overseas in Europe for summer. Then I will only wait one month or two and Summer will be on my doorstep. Winter in all its coldness will be just a memory, until the cycle, starts all over again.


March 12th, 2013 - 12:29 PM § in Australian Native Foods

Australian Native Foods

This is a new category on the Australia native landscapes website www.australiannativelandscapes.net. I will endeavour to post articles on anything to do with Australian native foods. Be that bush tucker as our indigenous friends would put it. Or, recipes using flora and fauna indigenous to areas in[...]


March 7th, 2013 - 5:47 PM § in Australian Native Landscapes

Building a dry-stone wall using any type of rock.

Building a dry-stone wall is easy. A few steps in the building process will ensure that your wall won’t fall down. First, having the right preparation is essential. Without it, your dry-stone wall might fall down or crumble away. This is why when you want to build yourself a dry-stone wall at [...]


March 3rd, 2013 - 7:30 PM § in Australian Native Landscapes

Fishing in Australia

In Australia, we are lucky. We have many resources. We have a great number of fruit and vegetables to choose from. Our flora and fauna is distinct to its region. Just like fish. Similar to our flaura and fauna the fish that we can catch in Australia varies tremendously. Be that, fish from the ocean [...]


March 2nd, 2013 - 12:39 PM § in Australian Native Bonsai

Native Grevillea ‘Carpet Queen’ bonsai. Part 3

It has been a while. But finally I am adding some new material to the website www.australiannativelandscapes.net. The first article for 2013 features my beautiful little native Grevillea ‘Carpet Queen’ bonsai a plant that I loved dearly, which, unfortunately turned up its toes in Decembe[...]


November 12th, 2012 - 3:30 PM § in Australian Native Landscapes

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Last weekend on a beautiful warm and sunny Melbourne day my wife and I decided to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. It had been a while since I visited my local botanical gardens. We both made the choice that, exploring the gardens and having a nice walk would be an ideal way to spend [&hel[...]


November 1st, 2012 - 5:43 PM § in Australian Native Landscapes

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

What a place Sydney is. After getting up at five and arriving here by plane from Melbourne and taking the train to Town Hall station, I was nearly spent. I was happy to have landed. I was in Sydney for a meeting, a meeting that had nothing to do with landscapes of any type. I […][...]