A Melbourne garden in February.

By James Wall. It’s a celebration of flowers in the month of February. Hibiscus are blooming, as are dahlias, geraniums, sunflowers, fountain grass and even some golden oldies such as cleome and gaura. A lot of plants are at their peak, enjoying the long days of sunshine. Here is a piece about my observations this …

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Cot N Candy – is it an apricot or a plum?

By James Wall. One of the highlights of my summer has been harvesting the fruit from my Cot N Candy tree. This is a tree I have now grown for about six years. After  the third year, there was a bit of disappointment in this tree. It was becoming a big strong tree, but there …

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Zinnia becomes the first to flower in outer space.


Ahhh, this time of year the zinnia’s love the warm Melbourne weather. If its cold and wet, they very quickly succumb to some bacterial spots on the leaves. Warm days and enough water however and zinnias thrive. But now, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly has tweeted images of the first flower to be grown in space …

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How To Make A Succulent Christmas Gift.


Succulent Gift Box Each year I love getting creative and coming up with new ways to decorate around the house for Christmas by using plants. Here is a fun and easy tutorial that I created to show you how you can make this succulent present, which would be a fun addition to the Christmas table …

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Chris and the Australian Training Awards.

One of our apprentices, Chris Henbery, represented Victoria in Hobart last Thursday. He was a finalist in the Australian Apprentice of The Year award. Chris flew down on the Monday and spent three days of interviews, tours and dinners. The tours included a visit to the famous Mona Art Gallery, a true Hobart must do. …

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The giant agave that took 20 years to flower.

Thanks to Collector’s Corner, we have some pretty amazing agave here at Gardenworld. One of them is this massive Agave parryi hybrid. The original variety was native to New Mexico, Arizona and northern Mexico. Generally the flower colour will be a pale yellow, but being a hybrid, we are not quite sure what colour this …

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Cup Day at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

By James Wall. What do you tell your children on your day off that you want to walk around the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne ? You tell them we are going on a photographic assignment of course. One child gets the camera for half an hour and then the other child gets its for the …

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The mystique of growing blueberries – part 2.

By James Wall. So it was back to the blueberry farm on  the rolling hills of Gippsland in late October to see what was going on. Blueberries are already available in Melbourne fruit shops, but they are grown in northern NSW. Over here in Gippsland, they have begun to set fruit but are many weeks …

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Garden Event worth waiting for – Geranium maderense

A Garden Event worth waiting for. By Kevin Mankey. Over the last month I have been watching with anticipation the formation of a giant head of flowers on an old favourite plant in my garden, Geranium maderense. This is a very old species of geranium classified as a “true geranium” differentiating it from the many …

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Vintage spring planter pot.

Now that spring has officially sprung it is a great time to get outside and get creative in the garden! Here is a short DIY video where I show you how to create a fun and colourful pot by upcycling an old cast iron pot. There are many fantastic ways to create eye-catching displays in …

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