Old Garden Stalwarts Unfazed By Heat, Provide Colourful Summer Displays

The clear blue sky contrasts with the red blooms of the summer display in the Vaucluse House Fountain Garden

When the temperature soars and Sydney sizzles, your hydrangeas might flop, but many favourite old garden plants soldier on without a hint of stress, providing dazzling colour and perfume.

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Seasons Greetings

Ceratopetalum gummiferum

On behalf of the Sydney Living Museums staff and Gardens Team, all our very best wishes to you and your family for the festive season. Thank you for your support in 2017 and we look forward to seeing you in 2018. Don't forget to come and visit the gardens this summer as there is still so much in bloom to see.

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Beautiful and Tasty

Pineapples fruiting at Vauclue House Kitchen Garden

At Vaucluse House gardens, one of my favourite areas for the little ones, and for the not so little, is the kitchen garden with its seasonal vegetables, fruits and other yummy produce. One of the stars of the kitchen garden is the pineapple plants (Ananas comosus) that do not fail to surprise and put a smile on our visitor’s faces.

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Jubilant Jacarandas

The vivid clusters of the Jacaranda Tree at Elizabeth Farm

Sydney's suburbs are turning purple, it’s that fantastic time of the year when the Jacarandas blossom. Check out the images of our Dream Trees currently in bloom at the Sydney Living Museums properties.

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Prairie Nymphs at Rouse Hill

A pair of Herbertia in bloom at Rouse Hill House and Farm

The recent rain has brought out one of Rouse Hill’s tiniest garden jewels – the bright blue flowered Herbertia.

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Busy as a Bee at Rouse Hill House and Farm

Raking at the Rouse Hill House and Farm working bee 2017

As you may have seen from our previous posts we like to organise working bee’s at SLM’s properties throughout the year to get staff involved and out of the office; it also helps us to get on top of those jobs that have fallen behind or been forgotten about and the help of many hands definitely produces great results. For some of our staff the working bees can also be a chance to get to visit and know the property for their first time, as the majority of our staff are based at our head office in the city, The Mint.

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What's In Bloom at Rouse Hill House and Farm

Yellow Banksia Rose on the arbour at Rouse Hill House and Farm

Have a look at what's currently in bloom at Rouse Hill House and farm.

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Spring Has Most Definitely Sprung

Potted Freesias in full bloom at Rouse Hill House and Farm

Earlier this year the Rouse Hill House and Farm Bathhouse building underwent some major renovations, requiring us to dig out its surrounding plants to reinstate once the works were completed. One of the biggest surprises we got was seeing the freesias blooming for the first time in quite a while.

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Spring Harvest 2017 at Elizabeth Farm

Mother and child in the garden at Elizabeth Farm

This Sunday at Elizabeth Farm we’re celebrating the bounty of the season with Spring Harvest Festival 2017!

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As The Seasons Turn

Rogiera amoena

As the seasons turn there are those plants we look out for, those changing leaf colours and flowers that punctuate the year and remind us that time is rolling on.

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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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