• 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.


  • A Good Wall Pot Plant

    Good Wall Plant

    Keeping a diary is something I have always been very poor at. A classic gift idea, diaries. I have been given many of them over the years and I've hardly... Read more

    Posted on 20 April 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Climate Comparisons

    Climate Comparisons

    Just saw this little map online and thought it was worth sharing. It's a map of Australia that has been divided into the climate zones of other regions around... Read more

    Posted on 09 April 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Potting up an Art Class

    Potting Class

    When a boiling hot day is forecast, do all your gardening as early as you can in the morning. Then, as a well-earned reward, enjoy a pot of tea. Read more

    Posted on 17 March 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Summer Holiday

    Summer Holiday

    Time does bounce along, doesn't it? It's been more than two months since I last posted anything here, and that's because I've been on a summer holiday of sorts. Read more

    Posted on 08 February 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Sweet Spot

    Sweet Spot

    Stepping out into the garden this fine late November morning, I was struck by what a sweet spot the garden is in at the moment. Read more

    Posted on 24 November 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Hydrangea Blues

    Hydrangea Blues

    I thought as much ... the "blue" hydrangeas I planted recently are just completely normal hydrangeas which turn pink in alkaline soils, or turn blue in acid... Read more

    Posted on 22 November 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Book Review: The Unusual Life of Edna Walling

    Book Review: Unusual Life Edna Walling

    Australians don't need to be told about the current voting happening nationwide on the topic of marriage equality. From early reports and opinion polls, it look... Read more

    Posted on 31 October 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Nature's Pretty Clockwork

    Nature's Pretty Clockwork

    Spanish moss flowering again? Must be late October in Sydney. While you couldn't set your clocks by these plants, you could set a calendar by them. Here's one o... Read more

    Posted on 25 October 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Gift of Patience

    Gift Patience

    Yesterday was an enjoyable reminder of both the joys and frailties of being patient. If all goes well, patience of course can have the best of rewards, but in... Read more

    Posted on 14 October 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Trouble with Pots

    Trouble with Pots

    The trouble I have with pots is that I wax and wane in my use of them. My garden seems to go through cycles ranging from "sorry, we need minimal pots" to "more... Read more

    Posted on 08 October 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Old-fashioned Hydrangeas

    Old-fashioned Hydrangeas

    I'm a bit of a sucker for anything that's out of fashion. Whether it's collecting garden gnomes, listening to bands with accordion players, or cooking... Read more

    Posted on 07 October 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Rumble in the Jungle

    Rumble Jungle

    We're renovating again. This time it's the lush but messy jungle of gingers ... it has to go. Sorry.The jungle looks pretty ordinary all through spring. Read more

    Posted on 02 October 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Small Starts

    Small Starts

    Last week, for just a few moments I almost succumbed to a ridiculous thought, but common sense intervened and I changed my mind. What was the ridiculous thought? Read more

    Posted on 24 September 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • 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