The Autumn Rose Garden

“One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides. Autumn is my favourite season of the garden year. Many days and nights lately, I have…

Carla Fineschi rose garden

“But he that dares not grasp the thorn, should never crave the rose” Anne Bronte Our long awaited day to visit the Rosa Botanica -Carla Fineschi Gardens in Cavriglia Italy,…

Giardino della Gherardesca

In between the 15th century Palazzo della Gherardesca and the “Conventino”, a 16th century Palazzo, which was once a convent is an 11 acre botanical garden in the Renaissance city of Florence.…

Everything in the garden is rosy

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.” Anne Bradstreet, 1612-1672, I am enjoying the changeable weather of Spring, including the early morning and evening cool…

The Wild Rose

“To contemplate roses is to punctuate one’s days with poetry.”  Wild Roses are also called Species roses. Roses native to the Northern hemisphere and considered to be the roses that…

Heirloom Roses

Roses exude charm and beauty but why are there so many different types and where did they originate? Today I’m uncovering the mystery of rose classes and what is meant…

A Green Thumb

My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view.  Evidently the idiom having a ‘green…

Hand in Glove

This week I had the joy of working in the garden, hand in glove with one of my son’s. Our main task was to mulch the garden in preparation for…

A Country Garden

“In all the recipes for happiness I have ever seen, ‘something to look forward to’ has been given as an important ingredient. Something to look forward to! How rich the…

My French Garden

    “The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies. Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential. It seems to…

The Perfumed Garden

Today is about the perfume and scent of roses…. It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves. Robert…

Love Lavender

‘As Rosemary is to the Spirit, so Lavender is to the Soul,’  Anonymous I love growing lavender in the garden. When I walk down the front path my legs brush…

Carla Fineschi Rose Garden

“But he that dares not grasp the thorn, should never crave the rose” Anne Bronte Our long awaited day to visit the Rosa Botanica -Carla Fineschi Gardens in Cavriglia Italy,…

Living in the Bush

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication – Leonardo de Vinci Over the last decade or so it has become apparent to me, that our Australian Dream has changed. Rather than the…

Antonio Canova Gipsoteca

Giardino in Passagno These lovely, pastel pink blooms are from the Giardino at the Gipsoteca in Italy. The gipsoteca means ‘the plasterworks’  and is where the Antonio Canova museum is…

How To Grow A Rose Garden

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. – Abraham Lincoln Across the world The Rose symbolises an expression of beauty, love, hope,…

The Romance of the Rose

“To grasp the nettle” – to tackle a problem with bravery I  have vivid childhood memories of growing up in a beachside location with my parents who were keen gardeners.…

The Lady Of Shalott?

“I am half-sick of shadows,’ said The Lady of Shalott.” ― Alfred Lord Tennyson, The Lady of Shalott Lady Of Shalott is one of my most favourite Roses. The colour…

Rosa Aspirin

“Aspirin is so good for roses, brandy for sweet peas, and a squeeze of lemon-juice for the fleshy flowers, like begonias”.  Gerald Durrell. The Aspirin Rose is a Floribunda Patio…