Up the hill

Up the hill

Artemisia and I took the hill ride on our way to a fringe cut. The slow ascent offered views of gardens with lavish thick hedges. Many of the gardens use plants to create privacy and fencing and the overall effect…

some like it green some like it grey

some like it green some like it grey

When I see the cultural trend towards massive concrete drive ways, I wonder why oh why, there exists this lustful relationship with grey. While the trend is not entirely pervasive it is a worrying trend none the less. As there is plenty…

Fruit protection

Fruit protection

On a recent bike ride I was overjoyed to see the efforts people were making in an attempt to protect their fruit harvest. With possums, white cockatoos and Rosella’s all competing for food in the neighbourhood people of all ages were…

In Germany

In Germany

In Germany even humble locals are passionate about urban greening. Ralf’s cousin welcomed us for lunch at his home which had been recently renovated to include various green roofs. A green roof takes up rainwater and diminishes the amount of…

wall vases - retro shop finds

wall vases – retro shop finds

Fiona Cabassi introduced me to wall vases. In our home in Westgarth, Melbourne, she would decorate our corridor with gorgeous flowers draping from ceramic craft. I hunted for wall vases of my own when our share house shared no longer and…

Farm zone

Farm zone

Our farm in Daylesford is zoned ‘farm zone’ and hence it cannot be described as Urban at all. However although hard paved surfaces are rare in farm zoned areas, in many cases so are trees! Because farm zones are reserved for agriculture or…

in Daylesford urban greening makes me smile

in Daylesford urban greening makes me smile

In Daylesford there are some wonderful examples of the softness, shelter and shade that plants bring to urban environments. Daylesford has some fantastic established gardens, small orchards and a lovingly tendered community garden in the heart of the CBD.  …

Gardens aren't just beautiful - they let us breathe

Gardens aren’t just beautiful – they let us breathe

One of the big reasons I love gardens is because as is well known but mostly taken for granted, it is plants that produce the oxygen we breathe. Whether that plant be a rose, or an indigenous grass or a tomato,…

Merri Outing

Merri Outing

Along the Merri Creek we went, Jules, Artemisia and I. On the way we found a hut, trees to climb, wattle happiness, and on the way home, lichen and blue.                    …

You don't need expensive green

You don’t need expensive green

Green walls/living walls, have quite a high profile in the Urban Infrastructure scene, and a good thing that is, for they are very beautiful. When people talk about green walls in cities, they are usually referring to high rise or…