about this blog
This blog tracks the ongoing changes of my garden, and the wildlife I try to attract to it. It's a nature blog. It contains my thoughts and musings about anything and everything to do with nature - gardening, book reviews, philosophy, travel, science, history, art, design, politics. Catmint is my signature plant because it has all the qualities I value in a plant: resilience, beauty and the capacity to spread prolifically . Unfortunately it's not indigenous. If I was starting again I'd probably choose an indigenous plant.
I'm fascinated by how differently fiction writers use gardens and nature in their stories. In this post I'll write about fou...
This is the photo of my garden in the current guide to Australia's open gardens. It was taken last October. The foreground f...
I'm definitely out of sync with trendy, fashionable gardeners. What's cool is to grow your own fruit and vegetables. It seems pe...
I have decided to make a list of the plants in my garden. For too long I haven’t really respected them as individuals, vaguely seeing them ...
Spring has returned to the garden, restoring the lush colourful wildness I missed for months. In the warm sunshine creatures fly, cree...
They call it the outback, and it's a long way from the city. It took two days travelling to get to the Flinders Ranges. One day b...
I call this blog a nature blog, but this is the first post about the marine environment. Visiting the Melbourne Aquarium is always a...
I miss the jubilant rowdy morning chorus I used to hear each morning. These mornings I'm lucky if I hear half a dozen birds gre...
The garden seemed full of aphids. I did nothing, just watched curiously. The aphids went away. The plants recovered. Who...
Wake up sleepy-twigs, spring is here.
- Animal Rights Photography
- Atlas of Living Australia
- Australian Marine Conservation Society
- Australian Plants Society Victoria
- Avaaz - The World in Action
- BirdLife Australia
- Birds in Backyards
- Born Free Foundation
- Bush Heritage Australia
- Eco Voice: Voice of the earth
- Encyclopedia of Life
- Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
- Global Giving
- Gould League
- Indigenous Flora and Fauna Association
- New Internationalist
- Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
- Seedsavers: Preserving the genetic basis of tomorrow's food
- Stop Factory Farming of our Pets
- The Nature Conservancy Australia
- The Plant List