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Magical Candlelit Palm House Reading

Last night we finished up the first part of our Tropical Ravine writing project (Writing the Ravine), with a beautiful candlelit celebration in the Palm Houses at Botanic Gardens. 265 more words


Collecting seeds from Polylepis australis - the 'filo pastry' tree.

It never ceases to amaze me just how smart plants truly are. I marvel at their complexity, their feats of engineering & effortless artistry. Much can be learnt from these noble ancient lifeforms. 64 more words


Welcome to Inverness

As a child I loved Inverness! It meant the summer holiday had arrived. As a family we travelled up on the overnight sleeper train from London with our VW Dormobile. 680 more words


From the Beach-washed Bottle No. 3, Botanic Bats

I found this evocative reminisce on the shores of Lake Geneva where its bottle-ageing had barely begun. It immediately took me back to memories of walking the tan around the Melbourne Botanic Gardens each morning prior to work, accompanied by the gardens staff on quad bikes tooting horns and banging rubbish bin lids to discourage the hordes of bats from roosting in the trees. 87 more words


Trimester's End

After a couple of intense academic weeks, I have finished my classes and am finally (relatively) free to explore Wellington! On Saturday evening, I attended an excellent Wellington Youth Choir concert, and got to witness both moonrise and sunset on my way home: 105 more words

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Postcard from the Isle of Wight

You may find it hard to believe, but this is the UK in October…

Ventnor Botanic Gardens on the Isle of Wight.

Not just anywhere in the UK of course; my postcard is from… 113 more words

Gardens To Explore

Propagation of Semi-ripe Plant Cuttings.

I find this one of the most satisfying horticultural tasks & a great way to increase plant stock.

Step 1. Select the right type of plant for semi-ripe cuttings.Its pleasantly surprising just how many plants can be propagated at this time of year by selecting semi-ripe cuttings. 260 more words