Making the most of your garden means remembering what you did when – only then can you identify what works and what doesnt. Making notes allows you to keep a record of your growing experience, planning ahead to order seeds and plants and create successful successional plantings for year-round colour and interest.
The Royal Horticultural Society Gardener's Notebook is a structured record book encouraging you to identify strengths and weaknesses of your garden. There is graph paper for planning out beds, crop rotation charts for vegetable patches, space to record harvest yields, an expenses and supplier's section plus a journal for recording day-to-day activities in the garden.$29.99
Fleur McHarg is one of the most in-demand florists and floral arrangers in Australia. She brings over 25 years of experience in creating unique floral arrangements for every kind of event imaginable, and colours it with her unique take on colour, the personalities of flowers and why there are some things you should never do.
In The Flower Expert she shares her astute flower philosophy, including:
- Over 30 of her favourite flowers and how to use them
- Why some combinations work and others don't
- How to select a base and blend colours for a flower arrangement
It all began when Simon Griffiths decided that he and his whippet couldn’t live in his tiny but gorgeous one-up one-down shopfront in Albert Park any more. He had a yearning for open spaces, country air and, most importantly, a garden of his own. On finding his cottage in Meadowbank, and trialling different plants, he gradually became part of the secret gardening network. The one where cuttings are exchanged between friends and planting successes and failures are recounted over neighbourhood fences.
Simon is a brilliant photographer, bringing warmth and joy to all his subjects, but he is also a very knowledgeable plantsman. He has captured his favourite 20 country-style gardens and shares the knowledge he has gleaned from fellow garden lovers.
This book is like a spending a warm afternoon with friends under a tree in a country garden. This book is oh-so-Australian, in that there are riotous gardens, extraordinary plantings and green, green spaces, all set against the backdrop of the distinctive Australian landscape.$59.99
For years dahlias have been dismissed for being garish, gaudy additions to gardens and arrangements, but when you find the right variety it's hard to think of a better garden plant or a more striking cut flower.
This book will help you unearth the history of the dahlia from its Aztec origins, as well as impart practical know-how. It's a guide to over 60 beautiful varieties to find out when they bloom, their size and, of course, what they'll look like. Including classics life Cafe au Lait, to lesser know varieties like Karma Choc and Moonfire, you'll discover a stunning range of specimens from pompoms to heavy-headed dinner plates, to those that resemble daisies, sea anemones and even fireworks!
With contemporary commentary on each bloom, easy-to-follow advice and glorious photography, this book will appeal to everyone who appreciates the forgotten glory of the dahlia.$39.99
Tomato is brimming with information about heirloom tomatoes, so that tomato lovers throughout Australia can identify, learn to grow and enjoy them. The book leads both experienced and aspiring gardeners through the practice of organic heirloom tomato growing and explores the history of heirloom tomato varieties in Australia. The book also provides:
- A comprehensive description and extensive illustrated list of the more than 220 different varieties
- An extensive list and description of heirloom tomato pests and diseases to help gardeners identify and control them
- A substantial cooking section with more than 60 delicious recipes (each with its own beautiful full-page image) by some of Australia’s most respected culinary icons: Peter Gilmore, Stephanie Alexander, Maggie Beer, Sally Wise, Christine Manfield, Mark Olive, Matthew Evans and Rodney Dunn
This is the ultimate book on tomatoes, brimming with information based on experience. It covers everything anyone ever needs to know about selecting, growing and using the best and tastiest tomatoes in all districts and climates. Peter Cundall$59.99
Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening offers a wealth of new and exciting opportunities alongside beautiful photography, lore, insight and humour that can only come from someone who has grown each vegetable himself, and truly loves gardening. More than 200 varieties of vegetables and herbs from the 50 most popular groups are featured in hands-on profiles that tell you how, where and why to grow each one.
Take artichokes for example: They are far from the most common edibles home growers choose, but when and if you choose to grow artichokes, you'll be fortunate to find more than one seed option even at the better nurseries. In truth, there are nearly a dozen varieties of artichoke that are suitable for home growing in just about any climate, and each has its own unique benefits and characteristics. In Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening, you will find 10 types of artichoke described in through, loving detail – along with helpful tips on where and how to acquire seeds fro each.
If you are one of the more than 800,000 folks per year who has begun growing vegetables at home, Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening is the reference resource you need to pursue this rewarding activity to a whole new level of excellence, satisfaction and success.$39.99