Friday, October 28

Martha's Garden

A perfect boxed garden owned by Martha Stuart.

Bay trees have been used throughout her gardens. They can be hedged or let it grow into a medium-sized evrgreen tree. They are hardy once established, look great in Tuscan or Enlish style gardens and the leaves can be used in cooking. We have a good range in the nursery including standard bay trees.

Wednesday, October 26

The Nursery Today

I put this little display together the other day with our new metal furniture and Parisian cushions.

Monday, October 24

...very true.

Make this!

A recycled wooden spool had been transformed into a nifty book shelf- slash-  coffee table. Heart it!

image via countryliving

Interior inspiration...

Looove this coffee table and the whole room. It just looks so comfy to live in. Check out our teak coffee table in store.

Floral Fantasy

If you have been following this blog you would have seen our succulent chair that we made for the nursery, well here is one that I found at JapaneseGarden. I love it and want to make one like this too. The impatiens look great planted in this chair. Krystalxx

Saturday, October 22

Hometown & Abroad

Krystal with her chili art installation.

Have you popped over to our other blog ' Hometown & Abroad'. It show cases Krystal James photography, art, life and travel pics.

Head over Heels

Our wonderfully quirky tin stillettos are back after popular demand.
They retail at a very cool price of $29.95.
Thank you Mikyla for featuring them in Adelaide Hills Magazine, a little while back, now everyone is asking for them.

Dine Divine

..A few ideas to dressing your outdoor table settings this Spring.

Grow Gorgeous Lettuce

It's salad time and a great time to grow lettuce. Choose a pick and eat variety that allows you to pick what you need and the remaining plant will grow thicker and healthier. Feed your lettuce with a liquid fertiliser such as Power Feed every couple of weeks and make sure they get plenty of sunshine.
Ask us instore about our tips on keeping earwigs and snails away.

image via Oasis Horticulture

Roses in Bloom.

It's a great time to shop for roses in spring. The flowers are in bloom so you can assess the colour, form and fragrance of each variety. We have a good range of bush and standard roses in now.


...Including your garden.

Tuesday, October 18

Dress your home and Garden

What about a lotus wall art for your garden wall or some bling for your bedroom walls.

Circle of friends, peaceful monk garden statues and candelabras to adorn your home.

Bird's for Picasso

Above: Pablo Picasso in his studio.Pablo designed the bird of peace and it was a popluar icon used in the post war peace movements in the late 1940's.

Bring peace to your home with a Picasso inspired bird of peace wall hanging. These lovelys are floating around the nursery right now.

Monday, October 17

Morning Muse

I found this image at Japanese flower garden this morning and thought I would share it with you. I adore the combination of rustic hessian, twine and terracotta.
Have a great day.

Sunday, October 16

A day in the garden

I found some ruby red rhubarb growing in the veggie patch and had a sudden desire to bake with it. I always loved it when my Nan would stew up rhubarb and we would eat it with ice cream so this is what I did..

Picked the rhubarb and heading back to the kitchen

 Washed and chopped it up.

 Sprinkled with sugar and dobbed with butter

Made the crumble with brown sugar and oats

 Once its baked, serve with vanilla icecream, yum.

For the full recipe: Rhubarb Crumble

Spring Planting

While I was making Rhubarb pudding my husband attended to the veggie patch.

Tim made a tomato trellis using timber stakes and wire.

Planting lots of new veg. to our existing patch so we can continue to harvest throughout the year.

After all the seedlings were planted Tim used Seagold liquid kelp to help establish the vegetables.

What veggies to plant in Spring:
Tomatoes, Capsicums, Pumpkins, Lettuce, Eggplant, Chillies, Spring Onion, Cucumbers, Zucchini, Garden peas, Beans
Lots of vegie seedlings and Seeds in store now see you soon.

Friday, October 14

Designer Plants

A snap shop of one of our plant displays. We have teamed bright green dianellas in black glossy pots. Black mondo grass surrounds the pots and a  dwarf native Conostylis Candicans with it silver foliage and yellow flowers sits in front.

 Cordyline 'Sundance'. It's been a popular one for years and years now. Excellent in pots and suitable for patios and verandas.

Featured in this pot is a Cordyine Electric Pink.

Come in and see all of our designer plants today.

Love my Sloggers

I can't live with out my Sloggers. I have them by my back door and when when I need to go out to the garden to pick some herbs or water my plants there they are waiting for me all bright and cute.

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Basil is Back

The weather is warming, the BBQs have started and we are enjoying life out doors more. No more winter stews or soups we are now opting for fresh salads and fruit. and my Favourite Spring sensation is Basil.  Everyone who cooks should grow basil now. It is so versatile in so many dishes. It teams perfectly with tomatoes and here is a salad that I make all the time.
 It is so fresh and easy to make.

Basil and Tomato Salad

You Will Need:
Basil leaves
Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar.
How to:
Slice tomatoes into rounds and spread over a decorative plate.
Tear basil leaves and scatter over tomatoes.
Drizzle with olive oil and a little Balsamic.
Season with Salt and Pepper.

Enjoy Krystal xx

Monday, October 10

....So true

DIY Garden projects

I really like these little home-made tin can planters the way they are all crumpled and then painted.

Light globes are re-used as quirky hanging vases.

Creative ways to Recycle

Use empty coffee tins as mini planters. Drill a few holes in the bottom, fill with soil and plant succulents, impatiens, cacti or herbs in them.

 Do you have wooden boxes laying around? Make them useful. Store newspapers or firewood in them or...

 Plant herbs and veggies..

Stack them up for a rustic storage solution.

Image 1 Beautiful Simple Things,  Image 2 unknown Image 3 Crumpled envelope, Image 4 Bright bazaar

Saturday, October 8

Salvia ' Wendy's Wish'

 Close up of the flower on my outdoor feature wall.

 Salvia 'Wendys Wish' Growing in my own garden in a full sun position. It teams well with lavender.

My 'Wendys Wish' is also surrounded by hardy native lomandras, aloes, carrex grass, lambs ear, flax and succulents. I choose hardy plants with interesting foliage colour and texture.

Salvia 'Wendys Wish' is a low water use perennial that flowers most of the year. Plant en masse for a low maintenance garden, in a mixed gardens or in a large container.
It will grow approx 80cm x 80cm.