Most people think that winter would be a dull and boring time to visit gardens; however, the vivid display of colours at Vaucluse House are anything but boring and continue to surprise me year after year. Winter has quickly become one of my favourite seasons as there is such a large variety of plants in bloom or just waiting to burst open.
Camellias put on a spectacular display of flowers through autumn and winter and are deservedly popular garden plants.
During the last few weeks the garden team has been undertaking lawn renovations at some of our properties. This involves coring and dethatching to provide air and water penetration directly to the root zone to stimulate healthy root growth.
We visited Rose Seidler house at Wahroonga and were joined during morning tea by two Kookaburras eager to steal some food.
Our Chinese Elm tree at Elizabeth farm had a rough time during recent storms, discover what happened.
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.
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.
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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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.