Feathered Friends at Rose Seidler House

A close up of a Kookaburra in front of Rose Seidler house

We visited Rose Seidler house at Wahroonga and were joined during morning tea by two Kookaburras eager to steal some food.

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Nightmare With Our Elm Tree

A sign explaining about the Elizabeth Farm Elm Tree and when the support props were installed

Our Chinese Elm tree at Elizabeth farm had a rough time during recent storms, discover what happened.

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Furcraea foetida - Mauritian Hemp

A close up photograph of the Furcraea foetida flower

Usually metres in the air, we get a rare glimpse of the sweetly scented flowers attached to the Furcrea's flower spike as a result of the recent strong winds.

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Sumptuous Cape Bulbs light up late summer gardens

Pink and white flowers of the Belladonna or naked lady Lilly

Belladonna Lilies and Crinum Lilies are tough bulbs that never say die and can survive years of neglect. Each summer they produce sumptuous flowers with a ravishing perfume that can fill a garden with scent. Once widely grown in home gardens they are now more often seen as survivors at derelict sites or in the collections of Amaryllid fanciers.

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Resurfacing the Gravel Paths at Vaucluse House

One person tips a wheelbarrow of gravel onto the path whilst the other spreads it with a rake

During November and December 2016 we worked hard on replacing, section by section, the Pleasure Garden paths at Vaucluse House with a new gravel to replace the old cream feature gravel.

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Vaucluse House Plant Stand

wire work plant stand located on the Vaucluse house verandah

In a sheltered corner of the verandah at Vaucluse House, a selection of choice Victorian-era house plants are displayed on this splendid four-tiered woven-wire étagère or plant stand.

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Garden Renovations at Meroogal

Meroogal house surrounded by purple jacarandas

During November 2016 we visited Meroogal in the south coast town of Nowra for two days to undertake a much-needed garden renovation.

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Introducing... Plant your history

Horticulturist Anita pruning the prickly pear at Vaucluse House

Sydney Living Museums’ gardening staff and curators would like to share with you what we observe and learn during our work in the gardens at SLM. From basic plant information, gardening techniques and tips, through historic versus contemporary understanding of gardens, to what’s currently in bloom at our sites, we have plenty of insights to share.

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In this Plant your history blog, Sydney Living Museums’ gardening staff and curators share their knowledge and observations about the gardens at SLM. From basic plant information, gardening techniques and tips, through historic versus contemporary understanding of gardens, to what’s currently in bloom at our sites, they have plenty of insights for you.

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