Floriade has bloomed and faded for another year. Flowers popped up across surprising corners of the city as part of Floriade Community, the rain didn’t dampen the fun and I, like many, embraced the many opportunities to stop and smell the flowers this year. I think one of the very few pandemic-positives has been the … More Floriade highlights 2022
The longest night of the year has arrived in Canberra and with it, some bitterly cold weather. Marking the astronomical beginning of winter, despite the darkness and chill there’s plenty to celebrate with the winter solstice. Here in Canberra, we’re surrounded by cool climate wine country and one of the local wineries, Yarrh, puts on … More The Winter Solstice
Over the autumn, a family of Eastern Spinebills have been regular visitors in our salvia. The salvia has been on a determined mission to take over the garden so it’s nice the birds are enjoying it and showing me it has a purpose other than shading everything else out in its quest for garden domination. … More Visit From an Eastern Spinebill
The last of the autumn leaves are valiantly clinging on as the polar blast roars through Canberra today. With a dusting of snow on the Brindabellas, autumn feels like it’s yesterdays news. Here are some of my favourite pictures of the lovely leaves of 2022. The fresh air is invigorating and it’s beckoning me out … More Looking back at autumn.
The Canberra Balloon Spectacular is one of my favourite annual events in Canberra. I never get tired of the sight and sound of hot air balloons flying over the city and for the time the festival is on, there’s a fleet of over 25 balloons studding the sunrise painted sky like floating jewels. Every year … More Canberra Balloon Spectacular 2022
The signs of autumn are everywhere in Canberra right now. Misty mornings, turning leaves and early season apples hanging ripe on the trees. But summer’s last-minute heat wave is scorching the flowers and wilting anything not rooted deeply enough. An Instagram buddy mentioned he calls this time of year sautum, it’s sort of summer but … More Sort of summer, sort of autum…sautumn?
Our family grew a tiny bit bigger this week with the addition of Rusty the puppy. Rusty is a little ball of cuddles and joy but he’s also shown a real taste for plants. Any plants will do but lavender seems to be a real favourite closely followed by violas (at least he’s going for … More Puppy vs Garden
This spring, there is a lush intensity to not only my garden but all of Canberra. The mild temperatures and torrents of rain have coaxed flowers to life and it looks like the colour dials have all been turned to maximum. It seems like flowers from every point on the colour spectrum have popped their … More A rainbow of flowers