Tasmanian returnee, gardener, and soon-to-be owner-builder

In Australia’s Quarter Acre, Peter Timms describes how Australian suburban gardens radically changed in the post-war period. Once, backyards were mostly private areas rarely visited by guests, and dedicated almost solely to utilitarian needs; an outdoor laundry, water closet, vegetable garden, fruit trees, and possibly a chicken coop. …

According to many an internet site, there’s ‘an old Chinese proverb’ (I imagine your eyes rolling right about now) which when translated to English reads, “whoever loves and understands a garden will find contentment.” …

Among the plants destined for my ornamental garden, eight in ten are perennial evergreens (or evergreen perennials— take your pick) native to Tasmania, and half are endemic. Like many islands, Tasmania is endowed with an abundance of endemic species. Only a few specialist nurseries sell the more commonly known endemics…

Annual ornamental plants can be quite demanding of effort, especially when used to effect in mass plantings —not to mention resources such as water. Nonetheless, many gardeners happily accommodate them, mostly, I suspect, because of their flashy colourful flowers and ability to fill a space quickly. Although annuals still find…

A garden of one’s own is like a theatrical stage where we gardeners find ourselves acting out a constant struggle — and ultimately, a losing battle — against the vicissitudes of time. Few gardens survive beyond the life or tenure of their creator(s), and in Australia, at least, most suburban…

I admit to it. My heart lifts a little (the phrase is clichéd, I know, but it’s the best way I can think of describing the feeling) whenever I see a male scarlet robin, no matter how fleeting the view. And why shouldn’t it? At least one scarlet robin —…

In 1972, a beautiful glacial outwash lake with a bright glistening beach long and broad enough for small aircraft to land upon and take-off from, began disappearing in Tasmania’s south-west. The previous year, a dam constructed across the Serpentine River — the source of the lake — had been completed…

A chef, originally from Japan, lives with his wife, a local community organiser, south of Hobart. Each morning he wakes early and readies himself to catch the seafood he serves in their restaurant later that evening. Is there any more practical way for a chef to ensure his diners receive…

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