Category Archives: Tasmania

The capeweed expansion- part 1 of 2

Capeweed’s botanical name is Arctotheca calendula; the plant is also known as Cape Daisy Weed, Cape Dandelion – native of South Africa. Last month gardening friend K told me: ‘You will notice a lot of Capeweed at the garden if … Continue reading

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Mt Montagu via Thark Ridge

Intrepid walker N headed off into Wellington Park recently for a walk that was 13.88kms in distance and took 5 hours and 39 mins. His evocative photographs show a range of weather and indicate how beautiful this landscape is up … Continue reading

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My Hardenbergia

When this blog recently showed some of the native plants in S’s garden, I remembered I was growing a Hardenbergia violaceae at the bottom of my garden. Years ago I planted it at a tea tree fence edge and hoped … Continue reading

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Creating a bird attracting garden

Friends S and K have been hard at work near the South Hobart area reworking part of their expansive garden, in order to create a happy space for birds to visit. ‘The first image is looking towards the granny flat … Continue reading

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Leafless trees in Hobart

Early one morning, while I waited for a bus at Hobart’s GPO corner, I stood looking at the scenery: a natural landscape of denuded deciduous trees. This provided a rare opportunity (these days I seldom go into the city despite … Continue reading

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Scribbles on gum bark

Friend K sent me a photo of scribbles on pieces of bark from a gum tree when she walked in Tasmania’s central highlands. She says, ‘I find it fascinating (I also noticed it last year when I visited the Glasshouse … Continue reading

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The good and the bad of growing broad beans

Regularly over the years I have sown broad beans and harvested a nice little crop sufficient to freeze some for later eating.  But I missed the past couple of years. Not to be deterred and with a goodly quantity of … Continue reading

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Pickled green walnuts

Long term blog followers will have read my attempts with preserving freshly shelled walnuts (as dry nuts) here and here. In those posts I indicated I was aware that traditionally green walnuts are pickled,  but I hadn’t known this when … Continue reading

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The Cardoon in Warrane

Recently I emailed this link to my fellow Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (RTBG) gardeners – no we are not allowed to return to volunteering there yet – and bemoaned the fact that there wasn’t a Tasmanian connection so I couldn’t … Continue reading

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Moving horse manure

Spring will be here soon and many gardeners are getting out on our winter sunny days and preparing the soil ready for new crops to be planted in the next few months. R had a trough of aged horse droppings … Continue reading

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