Upper North Shore Sydney Australia
Cherry

Cherry

Cherries have a very short growing season and can grow in most temperate latitudes. The peak season for cherries is in the summer. Here in Australia and New Zealand they are usually at their peak in late December and a welcome addition to Christmas festivities.

Edible Flowers from your Garden

Green Gardener’s Edibles Beautiful edible flowers are primarily used as a garnish to add colour and interest to a dish. Sprinkled onto salads, desserts or frozen into ice cubes they add visual interst. Flowers for food must be free of pesticides, any garden critters or soil.  Be sure to gently…

Carrots

Carrots

The carrot is a member of the Umbelliferae family and its closest relatives are celery, dill, parsnip and parsley. Cultivated varieties exist in a range of colours from black, yellow, orange, red, purple through to white. They are a hardy plant that is grown as an annual.

Beans

Beans are grown either for their immature pods (snap beans), immature seeds (green peas), or shell beans grown for their mature seeds (dry beans). They are easy to grow and provide excellent fibre and nutritional value.

Bay Laurel

Bay Laurel

Bay Laurel or Bay Tree Laurus nobilis A hardy aromatic evergreen shrub or tree native to the Mediterranean. It can grow to 12-18m (40-60 feet). In spring the white flowerbuds open as cream blossoms with pronounced yellow stamens. The Bay is dioecious, that is male and female flowers appear on…

Blue Wren

Imagine Attracting the Superb Fairywren to Your Garden

Imagine a garden full of birds native to your local area such as the Superb Fairywren. The Superb Fairywren feeds mainly on insects and spiders with grasshoppers being a particular favourite. It also supplements its diet with seeds, flowers and fruit. Being a smaller bird it needs a dense understory to hide and nest in. Lawns, leaf litter and mulch are perfect to search for insects but then it needs cover close by.

king parrot

Attracting the King Parrot

The Australian King Parrot forages for seeds, berries, fruit, leaf buds and nectar from trees such as the Angophora, Eucalyptus and Wattle(Acacia). It nests in deep hollows of a tree trunk where the entrance may be high in the tree (over 10m) but the eggs are in a nest of decayed wood-dust near the bottom of the tree hollow.

asparagus

Asparagus

Asparagus is a ferny perennial plant of the lily family and grows to one and a half metres tall with both male and female plants (dioecious).

Apples

The apple tree is small, reaching 3 to 12 metres (9.8 to 39 ft) tall, with a broad, deciduous, often densely twiggy crown. There are thousands of cultivars; selecting varieties that suit the temperate Sydney Basin will ensure success. Their sweet smelling flowers are white with a pink tinge that gradually fades.

nasturtiums

Nasturtiums

Dwarf nasturiums grow to about 40cm high while Indian Cress has trailing stems that grow up to 200 cm (78 inches) and can climb supports. The leaves are circular and the flowers are yellow, orange and red. Although a perennial is often treated as an annual in cooler areas where they are sown from spring to mid-summer.