Category: Home & Garden

Getting to the Root of the Problem

Over the past few months the focus has been on native plants that are particularly adapted to drought or hot, dry conditions. Various Grevilleas and then Eremophilas were recommended in this regard, followed by our wonderful grey-foliaged native plants. But have you ever wondered why our local bushland did not significantly suffer during the extreme conditions we experienced in Sydney over the final three months of last year? Native bushland We had virtually no rain and some very hot days during that period and yet the trees and shrubs in the bush didn’t seem to care. All the while,...

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Winter-Inspired Homewares We Are Loving

Isabella Ross Tan Furnishings: Warm tones are loved throughout the year with design enthusiasts, especially in the winter months. Now more than every Sydney siders are looking for warmth and an inviting atmosphere in their home, and tan furnishings can most certainly provide this. Armchairs are always a nice go-to – they are much easier to position in a space compared to a sofa. Essential Home Pattern and Print: Be bold and have fun when it comes to your interior. Pattern can be exciting and daunting at the same time, but it is important to remember that there are...

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Essential Winter Gardening Tips

Dipti Singh As the temperature cools down and leaves begin to drop, it doesn’t mean you should overlook your garden and let it hibernate. Winter gardening can sound like quite an unpleasant experience. The weather is unwelcoming and erratic, and the day is shorter, but that doesn’t have to stop you from embracing your green thumb! Gardens need meticulous care in all seasons, with a variety of tasks that require commitment and completion to ensure that gardens are blooming in the spring. For gardeners, winter is a perfect time to stock up, tidy up, secure plants, and prepare ahead....

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Amazing Greys

Over the last two months the focus has been on native plants that are particularly adapted to drought or hot, dry conditions. Various Grevilleas and then Eremophilas have been recommended in this regard. But there is another group that copes with these conditions – not a genus but a colour. By and large, grey-foliaged plants have a wonderful capacity to reflect the sun’s heat and to really bask in it! Chrysocephalum apiculatum grey formHomoranthus prolixusMaireana oppositifolia Some years ago, my wife Carol and I drove over to the Flinders Ranges in South Australia via Western NSW. Much of the...

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Clear Wash for the Lower North Shore

Since the majority are finding comfort and safety in their home during this time of social distancing, now is the perfect time to ensure a clean, fresh and reenergised home for you and your family. This is where Clear Wash comes in – they are an established family business with over 10 years’ experience servicing clients on the Lower North Shore. They specialise in soft house washing, windows cleaning (up to 5 storeys high), pressure cleaning, roof cleaning, gutter cleaning, tile/grout cleaning and carpet & upholstery cleaning. Everyone takes pride in the appearance of their home, so be sure to...

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