It's been a strange old time for us all over the past four months. Whilst I have done heaps of gardening, my husband, Andrew, creator of the technology for this website, has kept busy redesigning the whole thing, giving it a fresh, new look - and today we are launching it upon the unsuspecting public! The website was begun almost 12 years ago, and over the intervening years many more people are using devices such as tablets and smart phones to access iGarden - up to about 70 to 80 per cent of readers these days. The old website wasn't tailored for use on these devices, so part of the upgrade has been to make iGarden more flexible in this regard. Many thanks to Andrew for all his hard work!
The basic structure of the website is not changed - it just looks different! All the original features are still here, such as the blogs (and blog archive), my plant reference of what I grow in my Sydney garden, forums where you can ask questions of other readers and exchange ideas, the 'virtual' rambles of various readers' gardens, lists of what's in bloom in my garden and jobs to do each month, and a marketplace listing some suppliers.
One change that has been made is the removal of the plant share facility from the original website. This was tied to my own plant reference, so it was necessarily limited in scope to what I grow. Instead, we now have a forum topic called Plant/Seed Swap, where you can post your own requests for whatever you are looking for and deal directly with anyone who has what you want! We hope that this will work out well for those who use it.
Another new feature is that we are now incorporating some information on the home page about upcoming garden events in your area, drawn from Andrew's own website, My Open Garden. A lot more gardens are starting to open up again now, so we hope this will be of interest to readers.
I thoroughly enjoy hosting this website, as it has given me a way to share my experiences and random garden thoughts with readers. And I truly appreciate the feedback you have given me over the years. Please let me know if there are any glitches you notice with the new site!
A feast of berries
20 Jun 21
Berry-bearing plants can bring colour into our autumn and early winter gardens.
13 Jun 21
We can learn much about gardening by trying different methods.
Under the leaves
06 Jun 21
Raking autumn leaves from my garden beds, I discovered some nice surprises.
The art of layering
30 May 21
This is an intriguing way to make new plants!
23 May 21
Here are some quite unusual 'daisy' plants!