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Hello and welcome to iGarden. Anyone who knows me will know that I am 'The Compulsive Gardener' - I love everything about gardening.

Allow me to share some of my enthusiasm and interests in gardening with a focus on the plants I know best and those that do especially well in my own Sydney garden.

This is more than just about plants: it's also about the people involved in gardening; their books and gardens; planting schemes; choosing appropriate plant types; colour selection... There is plenty to think and read about in iGarden.

So, while you are here, enjoy all my blogs, have a browse through my list of Plants and don't forget to check out the Discussion Forums, Marketplace, Garden Ramble and your local Gardening Events.

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"The charm of vintage gardening books"

A trip back in time

Towards the end of last year, I received from a friend her mother's gardening books, when the mum's house was being cleaned out prior to sale after her move to a different place. It was a lovely gesture, as I had always known her to be a keen and skillful gardener. On one of the books was a Post-It note, scrawled with the message: 'Keep this book - good hints'. The book was F.R. Green's Garden Book, self-published in 1953. F.R. Green was apparently the gardening columnist for the Sydney newspaper ... Read On »

March in my garden

What's in bloom

See the full list of what's flowering in my garden this month. Here »


Jobs to do

This is one of my favourite months of the year! Read More »


My Gardening Tip of the month

It's time to buy spring bulbs, though it is a bit early to plant them yet: wait till next month. The nurseries and catalogues are full of tempting bulbs, but it is wise to remember that many bulbs - such as daffodils, tulips and hyacinths - will only flower in their first year in Sydney. This doesn't matter if you are happy to regard them as annuals for an eye-catching show in spring. It is best to put these bulbs in the frig for a few weeks before planting, to chill them. This is necessary to break down certain 'growth inhibitors' that accumulate in the flower and leaf buds when they are formed during summer in these particular bulbs, and which prevent the buds opening. If you want bulbs that will naturalise and flower from year to year, choose from the many South African species and cultivars that do so well here.

My Plant Reference

My current garden is located in one of Sydney's northern suburbs so my focus is naturally on what does well here. I have grown over 286 different plant varieties that are all described in this reference.
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"Garden Problems" forum topic: "Soil for Adenium (desert rose)"

Khawat asks:
 I have grown some Adenium seedlings from seeds I got from France. What additional additives can I add to Osmocote succulent/Cacti potting mix to further improve drainage when I transfer seedlings to a bigger pot? Or this Bunnings mix is good enough for potting Adenium seedlings?

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