How To Grow an Edible Herb Garden (Part 1) – My Herb Patch and Planting Basil

Having a small garden, I have planted my herbs in pots and raised garden beds (planter boxes). Decorative, useful and a culinary delight, the herbs are a nice addition to the garden.

In this video, watch as I showcase a selection of herbs from my garden (basil, mint, parsley, rosemary, chives, oregano and thyme), and show how I planted basil to fill an empty spot in my planter box.

I hope you enjoy the video as you listen to the music of:

“Slow Times Over Here” by Midnight North
(YouTube audio library)

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Sculptural forms – Frangipani

The spectacular flowers on the Frangipani reveal beautiful colours, as they unfurl from their tight little buds.

Almost as spectacular are the leaves, so perfect as they sprout and reveal wonderful sculptural shapes.

The promise of what is to come, as each bud opens.

Tall, slender and such perfection, I couldn’t resist including this macro photo.


Too perfect to be real!
I decided to take these photos before our resident possum came visiting.

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From Tree House – to Buddha House (the second stage of our garden renovation) (Video)

We show you how to transform a tree house into an amazing mini Buddha house, adorned with bamboo screening! The before and after results of this DIY small garden makeover will blow you away, and give you lots of great landscaping ideas. Why not renovate your garden to make use of those neglected spaces!
HOW WE DID IT: The original tree house was used by our grandchildren as a fort, café and schoolhouse. Now that they’ve grown older, we decided it was time for a makeover.
We trimmed, then removed, the cardamon growing along the front, and demolished the front wall to open up the space. The half logs that had formed the front wall were cut down, and used to screen the gap that the cardamon had left.
The Buddha statue was placed on a large sandstone plinth, and bamboo screening now adorns the walls. When you look at the before and after pictures, the finished effect is stunning.

Music: “Serenity” by Aakash Gandhi (YouTube audio library)

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Plants with Bite – at the Calyx in The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney (Video)

In The Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney NSW, the Calyx space has been transformed into yet another amazing exhibition: Plants with Bite.
With the largest vertical floral wall in the Southern Hemisphere and over 18,000 plants, and another 25,000 plants at ground level, this is a spectacular sight.
Featuring carnivorous plants and glass artworks the exhibition has free entry and is well worth a visit.
Enjoy the video as you listen to the music of:
Digital Memories by Unicorn Heads.
(YouTube audio library)

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Beautiful Spring Blooms

Freshly opened, these beautiful little dendrobium orchids are delightful.

The blue hydrangea will soon be covered with plate sized blooms.

Thousand bells, as the name suggests, has just started to produce thousands of bells.

These amazing little strawberry flowers are starting to produce a bumper crop.

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Garden Snapshots

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Other people’s gardens are often a delight to view and are a great source of ideas to implement in your own garden. My sister’s garden (pictured above) is no exception.

A beautiful red urn nestled amongst the greenery, and beside a small Buddha, adds colour to this courtyard garden.

The Euphorbia Lipstick, also known as the ‘crown of thorns’, looks stunning with its hot pink blooms and large green leaves. Flowering for most of the year, this euphorbia is a nice addition to any garden.

Growing happily in a pot, this hydrangea has just produced a pretty light pink bloom, which seems at first glance to be an artificial silk flower. On the same plant is an older bloom which is changing into pretty autumn colours.

Violas, which flower in a wide range of colours, have a soft, old fashioned look that complements this large basket.

A very hardy hedging plant which tolerates dry periods, the duranta has been trimmed as a hedge behind this decorative garden seat.

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