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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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"Late summer spires"

These blooming spires decorate the garden now.

I have always loved plants that have flowers on tall spires - a legacy of my cottage gardening years when I was so influenced by traditional English gardens, with their soaring hollyhocks, foxgloves and delphiniums. These gave such a dreamy, ethereal look to gardens and I yearned to create a similar garden in suburban Sydney. I discovered many of the cottagey stalwarts didn't do well here, but I found some substitutes that did the job. Most of these bloom in late spring, and I have written abou  ... Read On »

February in my garden

What's in bloom

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


Jobs to do

February can be an unpleasant month! Read More »


My Gardening Tip of the month

Vegetable gardens need attention: keep picking crops as they mature and give liquid feeds on days that are not too hot. Seeds of peas, spinach, carrots, cauliflowers, broccoli, beetroot, silverbeet and radishes can be sown this month. If you lack space, try growing a few crops in large tubs placed in a sunny position. Citrus can be fed at this time, making sure the fertiliser is watered in well.

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 314 different plant varieties that are all described in this reference.
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Discussion Forums Recent Item

"Miscellaneous" forum topic: "Leonotis leonurus"

Patricia asks:
 Please can you tell me why all three of our orange plants Leonotis Leonurus have turned white - all together, from one flowering season to the next. They are advanced plants spread out over a 3 acre garden. They were orange for thee years and now they are all white... It is a mystery and I would love having an answer to solve the problem...

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