Welcome to your spring magazine, packed with ideas and inspiration to get you excited for the season ahead.
As autumn planted bulbs come into spring bloom, I’m reminded of gardening’s greatest gift. The promise of a future. The optimism of looking ahead with a positive attitude is invaluable and bulbs are symbolic of this sentiment. Glorious tulips, cottage gladioli, ranunculus, snowdrops and more, in pots, garden beds and window boxes, rewarding us with amazing colours and perfumes. Sandra has covered them all this issue.
We also have some incredible people for you to meet. Alan Jackson, the Gory’u bionic samurai garden maker, Rachael Pearce and Paul Tesselaar discuss their ‘Kabloom Flower Festival’, while Colin Barlow takes you for a tour around Perth’s Kings Park, his local wildflower wonderland. For the legion of dahlia lovers, Sandra interviews Tim Drewitt from Red Earth Bulbs for his tips and recommendations of dahlia varieties to grow.
During COVID-19, millions of people turned to gardening, perhaps for the first time or the first in a long time. An increase in our memberships can attest to this growth. As such, we’ve decided to return to the basics and provide a ‘how to’ for the two biggest home-grown crops, tomatoes and beans. We’ve also covered how to repot your cymbidium orchids and get your tools ready for a busy season ahead.
And finally, an important thank you to our previous editorial team, Linda Ross and Robin Powell, who guided the magazine for 17 years. Their considerable efforts are very much appreciated.
It’s also timely to extend a warm welcome to our new editor, Tammy Huynh, whom I’ve worked with for many years at Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.