The key difference between an ikebana approach to flower arranging and a Western style is that in ikebana the focus is on line and space rather than mass. Instead of adding more flowers to make it look better, ikebana is about what can be taken away. The space between the elements is as important as the elements themselves.Read More
To make a balcony feel like a garden it needs to surround you with plants. Somehow you have to get some plants up at eye level, and even above it.
A small tree would be just the thing, but on most balconies a pot big enough to support a large plant is just too heavy once it’s filled with moist
soil - and a tree! A more pragmatic approach is to arrange smaller pots at different levels. You need to get those pots up off the ground to really
appreciate your balcony garden. Here are a few ideas.
The last of the spring blooms are falling. The mauve carpets of Jacaranda flowers are covering lawns and the throng of the crickets and songs of the frogs has begun. Here's a list of the last remaining spring jobs to be done in preparation for a big summer aheadRead More
Spring has sprung and Elizabeth Swane is excited about the promise of new growth in the garden and stunning spring floral displays. Here She has a swag of jobs, tips, tricks and things to look out for in the temperate garden this SeptemberRead More
Some gardeners are tool-lovers and their garden sheds are so densely populated they have to be thin as a rake just to get in the door. Others are tool-poor, making do with a pair of kitchen scissors and whatever they can scrounge from the brother-in-law. There is a middle way and here it is: our choice of the most useful tools in the shed, and how to use them.Read More