Lilacs are one of my favourite flowers. The wonderfully fragrant flowers borne at the ends of branches contrast perfectly with the glossy, dark-green heart-shaped leaves. While widely available lilacs are often considered rather old-fashioned – associated more with older gardens than modern, at least in Australia.
As a botanist working in a botanic garden I’m fortunate to have access to flowers year round with, as an example close to my office, the outrageous displays of aloes in Adelaide Botanic Garden beginning in mid-winter. Nevertheless Spring’s a time for celebration, not simply for the promise of warmer weather, but for the abundance of Spring flowers.Read more "… you start liking flowers"
The beauty of Camellias has seduced humans to select, cultivate and breed cultivars for over a
Our seduction by roses started long ago. At Knossos on Crete, Sir Arthur Evans excavated a tiles decorated with roses from a frieze dating back to the sixteenth-century BC.Read more "Roses rule the state: the famous flower is well adapted to the South Australian climate"
The drought has South Australians thinking about their gardens. It’s even been suggested to me (by one of the Review’s August columnists) that Adelaide’s gardens are the best they’ve ever looked this spring.Read more "Droughts Don’t Deter Roses"