{loving summer in the city!}

Sydney in summer: the days are long, hot and sticky; the ear-piercing orchestra of cicadas is your alarm clock each morning; and your feet seem to have a permanent thong V-tan going on.

So it was with a great big smile that I saw the city had put on her summer dress to get in on the fun too! These temporary garden beds are in Martin Place in the CBD. There is everything from succulents to a bit of a vegie patch going on in these plantings. It's like a bit of lippy for the city - how pretty!!

{mother nature}

Mother nature has reminded of us how powerful she is with the devastating floods in QLD now affecting the vast majority of the state. It has completely changed people's lives forever. Tragedies such as these put life in perspective. Our general day-to-day trials and tribulations can hardly compare against such loss. I tried to remind myself of this as I was standing on the long bus trip home from work, stuck in traffic and without air-conditioning, thinking to myself this is the pits - but then I looked out the window across Sydney Harbour with a beautiful afternoon pinky-blue sky horizon and realised how fortunate I am.

My heart went out to those who have lost everything and must now start over again. The emotional turmoil would be hard enough to have to deal with let alone the physical work that is ahead of them to rebuild their homes, businesses and lives. It is too much to think about - where do you start?

Having lived in Brisbane myself it is all too recognisable. Fortunately, my family are safe and well further south but they have friends who have lost everything, all they are left with are memories and a big clean up. 

It is through such tragedy that we are reminded how strong a nation we are. In times such as these we rally together to show our support to friends, family and complete strangers. My mind is all a buzz with ideas as to how I can offer help, not just financially, but actually getting in there and getting my hands dirty. I'm thinking that when this all subsides and the media coverage begins to dwindle and people start moving on with life, is when these poor people are going to need our help the most. I'd like to bring a bit of beauty back into their lives. Flowers in all their simplicity can bring so much hope, joy and peace.

"Where flowers bloom so does hope" - Lady Bird Johnson


Welcome to my little patch of the 'big-wide blog-world'!! This is where I will share my passion for flowers, dirt, worms, compost, the great outdoors, the environment and all things garedenesque! It is also where I will chronicle my adventures with my new little business {hort couture}

{hort couture} is the baby I have dreamed about since a little girl growing up on the farm in central west NSW. It was a childhood spent getting dirt under my nails and on my knees out in the paddocks, down by the river which wended its way through our property, or by my Mother's side in her sprawling country garden. It is she who I owe my passion for gardening - she instilled in me the great love I have for Mother Nature, even when she is in bad mood or disciplining us with drought and flood.

My own garden is an experiment, a science laboratory for me to test out ideas - what plants work where, what looks good together, how to control pests and diseases etc... I'll share my hits and misses with you!

I hope you enjoy my garden ramblings and meanderings down the garden path.