• The Die is Cast

    I collect diecast model cars, and I'm interested in both the history of the cars, plus photographing them in dioramas which I create in Photoshop.

  • Garden Amateur

    I've been gardening here in my small backyard in inner-city Sydney for over 20 years, growing a potager style mix of vegies, herbs and flowers. I also like to blog about cooking and the wildlife that drops in for a visit.


  • Minty Goodness

    Minty Goodness

    Good. Our native mint bushes, or Prostanthera, are putting on their first spring flower show as mature plants, and they're a lovely sight. Read more

    Posted on 20 September 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • From Disgraceful to Graceful

    From Disgraceful Graceful

    While I spend an inordinate amount of time tending to my backyard, I am afraid I am guilty of neglecting my front yard. It's so easy-care that I don't water... Read more

    Posted on 13 September 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Signs of Recovery

    Signs Recovery

    "It's not a garden, it's a hospital ward." That's how one friend described her garden full of sick plants, and I have thought of her during the last few months... Read more

    Posted on 10 September 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Boing!


    One of my favourite experiences in our garden is simply to step out into it every morning, to see what's happening. In Spring I'm guaranteed to find something... Read more

    Posted on 07 September 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Hello, Instagram ...

    Hello, Instagram

    File this one under shameless self-promotion ...I have joined Instagram, and you can find me under the name@jamiegardenamateurPictured above is the full photo... Read more

    Posted on 02 September 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Good Old Scadoxus, Right on Time

    Good Scadoxus, Right Time

    Nobody seems to have told our Scadoxus plants about how global warming is stuffing up all the other garden plants' annual timetables. Read more

    Posted on 28 August 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Parsley and Me


    Are there plants in your garden which you have an uneasy relationship with? For me, parsley is one such plant. My experience with parsley over the years has bee... Read more

    Posted on 19 August 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Mulch, Let Me Count the Reasons Why ...

    Mulch, Count Reasons

    Yesterday, compost. Today, mulch. We're getting back to basics here this week, but these two topics are the heart and soul of healthy soils, and that's where... Read more

    Posted on 15 August 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • It Was a Dirty Job, and I Did It ...

    Dirty Job,

    And now, for my most irrelevant and deceptive opening photo to a gardening blog ...Isn't this helleborus flower nice? It's a bit floppy eared and misshapen,... Read more

    Posted on 14 August 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Choice Cuts

    Choice Cuts

    I love the way recycling operates in our streets. Our local council does a great job. There are yellow-lidded bins (paper/glass), green-lid bins (garden... Read more

    Posted on 06 August 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Gong for the Gong


    We finally did it. Visited the Wollongong Botanic Garden. I'm not proud to say that it has only taken us 20 years to get here, even though it's only a bit over... Read more

    Posted on 03 August 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Going Potty in Midwinter

    Going Potty Midwinter

    "You've been prolific lately on your blog," said our friend and dinner companion, Belinda, last night. She's right, there's a fair bit of gardening going on... Read more

    Posted on 10 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • How to Spot a Weed

    Spot Weed

    Spotted a weed this morning, so as a public service, here's how to spot a weed ...Q: Did you plant it there?A: No.Answer: It's a weed! Read more

    Posted on 07 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Thyme Management

    Thyme Management

    Wandering into the kitchen yesterday afternoon, I was greeted by the very pleasant sight and smell of a lot of thyme drying on some paper towels. What was Pam... Read more

    Posted on 07 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Slow Progress, Chapter 982

    Slow Progress, Chapter

    I'm only kidding, this isn't really chapter 982, but it is slow progress. I'm just trying to scare off those online gardening browsers whose attention span can... Read more

    Posted on 03 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Oh What a Lovely Little Holiday

    What Lovely Little Holiday

    Well, this has been a very quiet little gardening blog of late. Nothing since May 6, nothing at all in June, and here we are in July already. Read more

    Posted on 01 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Bonsai Update — Risky Repotting

    Bonsai Update Risky Repotting

    First the good news: all the baby curry leaf trees are growing from seed. In fact all the seeds, even the slow starters in the punnet, are coming up. The bad... Read more

    Posted on 06 May 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Coriander the Easy, Seedy Way

    Coriander Easy, Seedy

    I really ought to have a bit more faith in myself. There I was a few weeks back, filled with doubt that my coriander seed-saving skills were up to scratch, and... Read more

    Posted on 25 April 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • FJ Holden at the Half-Way House

    Holden Half-Way House

    Like most people, Australians like to believe in their legends about themselves, and part of that legend is the Australian-made Holden car. Read more

    Posted on 25 April 2017 MOTO
  • A Lot of Local Colour in Italy

    Local Colour Italy

    It's been quite a long while since I have created one of my dioramas in Photoshop, but lately I've been inspired to break all the traditional diorama-making... Read more

    Posted on 18 April 2017 MOTO