Category Archives: Diary

Barangaroo Reserve to Circular Quay

From the centre of Sydney one is within walking distance from the harbour.  Barangaroo Reserve, the once industrialised and degraded land has been reconstructed with local sandstones and planted with Australian natives. Part of the trade off for this development … Continue reading

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Some Good News

I have not had the energy for WordPress lately but I feel I should share some good news. My garden was nominated for Best Edible Garden and Best Plant Specialist Garden in North Sydney.  Though I did not win either … Continue reading

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The Three Million Dollar Library

On Sunday Ben, Ang and I went to Double Bay by ferry.  Ben was treating us to lunch at the famous 21 and afterwards we visited Wollahra Library at the top of a mall. When I saw the large letters … Continue reading

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“Orchids by the Sea” @Dee Why RSL Club

My friend Janet drove me to the Northern Beaches today to see yet another orchid show.  I’d imagined a backdrop of the ocean but no, the exhibition was inside one of the events room where they usually stage cabarets.  At … Continue reading

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Sunday with Jared & Revisiting The Calyx

My friend Samantha has kindly volunteered her thirteen year old son to come and help me in the garden every Sunday morning.  Jared is much taller than me and more dexterous so I try to exploit these advantages.   He … Continue reading

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Winter Orchids Down Under

This morning I visited the North Shore Orchid Society’s winter exhibition that was jam packed into a small space at the entrance of the Gordon Shopping Centre. Cymbidiums dominated but I found most of them too stiff and artificial,  standing … Continue reading

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There Will be Shadows

This morning I met Sue, my friend and sister of Jan the champion jam maker at Sydney ‘s Royal Botanic Gardens to look at the vertical garden and garden beds that were planted by three horticulturists in six days.  More … Continue reading

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Naming and Renaming Orchids

We have all been indoctrinated to believe that the ‘most important thing’ regarding repotting of an orchid is “don’t forget the label!”.   I repeat this advice to my thirteen year old helper, Jared, regularly.  But I often forget and … Continue reading

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Rehousing Orchids

Continuing from earlier:  after resettling the largest plant, I decided to take a look at the smallest of the collection of Dendrobiums, a kingianum.  It appeared to have been dislodged from its pot and the roots were sitting on top … Continue reading

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What to do with Thirty Orchids

Whether I am addicted to orchids or whether I am addicted to online shopping, recently thirty orchids were delivered to me by Australia Post.  Most of them were small plants in 50mm/2 inch pots except for this zygopetalum that came … Continue reading

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Agave attenuata Flowers

Today my good mates Ang and Ben took me to Eastwood for lunch at their favourite Chinese restaurant.  I had not expected to bring out my camera as Eastwood is known for good food but not a picturesque suburb.  However … Continue reading

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Sundays with Jared – Crown of Thorns

Every Sunday, my friend’s son Jared comes to help me in the garden.  Only thirteen, Jared  is already six inches taller than me and as anyone vertically challenged would tell you, an elevation of six inches is helpful indeed. Today I … Continue reading

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Rainbow Lorikeets

I walk through St. Leonards Park every Saturday on my way to Pottery and last week I spotted a rainbow lorikeet peeping out of a tree hollow.  It’s a good thing our council didn’t remove these habitats. Yesterday I checked to … Continue reading

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Persevering with Pottery

There is something about fingering a ball of clay that is mesmerising.  I have been doing so, on and off since the 80s and though I never produced any masterpiece I never tire of mangling lumps of clay into something … Continue reading

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Orchard-Mix Marmalade

Last Sunday we saw some marmalade for sale at exorbitant prices and I said to Ben, I can make that for the price of sugar.  I have the fruit in my orchard and what is marmalade but citrus and sugar? … Continue reading

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Begonia tenella on Mother’s Day

Ang, Ben and I, all motherless now and with no children to celebrate parenthood with us, went on a nursery crawl in Dural and had a joyous time on Mother’s Day. Ang bought lunch and Ben gave me this beautiful … Continue reading

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My Orchard in May

The camellias and oranges spell ‘winter’ but at 14º – 21º C the weather is mild for May in Sydney, Australia where our seasons are opposite to the Northern Hemisphere..  We’ve had a few overnight showers (like Camelot where the … Continue reading

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A Preview of the Huge Plant Sale

Ang and I were granted a rare preview of the plants for sale at Maureene and Keith’s up-coming event for charity.  Such visits are generally actively discouraged and although we were allowed to look, Keith refused our offers to buy.  Of … Continue reading

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