• 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.


  • 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
  • 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