How to make a Miniature Moss Garden – in a terracotta saucer (Video)

This miniature moss garden can be made with found objects from around your garden.
Damp areas often grow moss, which can be carefully removed and placed onto potting mix, to create the base for this little project.
Small colourful pebbles, a tiny house or small animal figures, and a few cuttings of succulents can be used and positioned until you are happy with the effect.
Don’t forget to sprinkle gently with water as often as needed and enjoy your little world.
Music:  Mysteries – by Dan Lebowitz (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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Raindrops Falling on my Garden (Video)

My 6 year old grandson said he would like me to walk around my garden and make a video, so this is for you Merlin.
We have just has a thunderstorm – everything looks nice and fresh, raindrops are glistening everywhere.
I hope you enjoy some of my favourite plants, and my garden, as I walk around. I have included, rose bushes, succulents, It & A Bit (a lovely prostrate casuarina), ferns and kangaroo paws, as well as my growing collection of ceramic elephants.

Enjoy the video, as you listen to the music of:
This Old Man by The Green Orbs (YouTube audio library)

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Chocolate Nut Brownie

5oz butter (melted)
6 oz sugar
2 eggs (beaten)
2/3  cup chopped walnuts
2/3 cup coconut
8 oz Self Raising flour
2 heaped tablespoons cocoa powder

Pour melted butter into a large bowl, cool slightly then add sugar and stir well.
Add beaten eggs, chopped walnuts and coconut and finally, stir in the sifted flour and cocoa powder.  Mix together until well combined.
Spoon into a greased 26 x 17cm lamington tin and smooth with a spatula.
Bake in a moderate oven 160°c for 30 – 35 minutes.
For serving cut into squares when cool.

To make a more moist brownie, you can add ½ cup of dried fruit, such as chopped prunes or raisins.

 

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Rustic buildings in the Hunter Valley

 

Surrounded by historic buildings, stands this majestic Pepper tree.  The red geraniums, spilling out over the old trough add a touch of colour.

The original Ironbark slab hut on the property at Tyrrells Winery, which was erected in 1858, (see photos – above and below) is an interesting feature of the property.

 

Inside the hut, there are reminders of the historic past and amazing craftsmanship, shown in the fireplace bellows leaning against a wall.

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Japanese Gardens at Gosford Regional Gallery (video)

The beautiful Japanese gardens at Caroline Bay near East Gosford are tranquil and inspirational. Immaculately presented, these gardens are especially amazing in spring. Wisteria hangs gracefully from the pergola and the Azaleas in full bloom, present massed displays of colour. Viewing the raked stone garden, the pagodas and the Japanese water bowl as well as the beautifully shaped hedges is a very pleasant experience.

Enjoy the video as you listen to the music of:

Mizuki  – by Bad Snacks
(YouTube audio library)

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Pretty Birds (King Parrots) in my spring garden (Video)

King Parrots, bees and a beautiful assortment of spring flowers make this a lovely time of year.
My garden has come alive with lavender, bromeliads, clivia, iris, seaside daisies, polyanthus, pansies, bird of paradise, cordelines, vibernum, euphorbia- lipstick and lilli pilli and, are all included in this video.
I hope you enjoy watching the birds and flowers, as you listen to the music of: Waltz of the flowers – by Tchaikovsky (YouTube audio library)

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Bees and Beetles

The bees seem to be enjoying gathering nectar from our lavender bush.

These beautiful flowers on our photinia are attracting some cute little brown beetles.

Inspecting a lovely white iris, this long legged insect has an amazing set of feathery antennae.

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