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Glen about the house

09-05-2022

There are many garden plants, especially vegetables and fruits, with either an interesting history concerning how they came to be grown in our own backyards or, more importantly, how they found their way into our kitchens.

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Landscaping courses

18-04-2022

An Australian-first TAFE course for landscape designers will boost the profession and better connecting it with other Victorian industries.

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Glen, about the house

16-04-2022

Glen, about the house

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Glen, About the House

01-04-2022

If you are fortunate enough to share in this year’s crop of berries, or have managed to bulk buy at the right price, make the most of them by freezing the surplus fruits and enjoy the results for the rest of the year.

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Glen, About the house

17-03-2022

Even if you look at your plants every day you more than likely feel that there is almost no movement in them - save the rustling of leaves in the wind.

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All things botanical

04-03-2022

JOHN Beetham is a pretty laid-back bloke but don’t get between him and a rare tree, or a garden in need of a design hand.

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Heading into autumn – Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens

02-03-2022

MANY people feel that autumn is the best month for mild, golden days and for beautiful gardens. While it might not have the glorious variety of spring planting, the soft luxuriance and vivid colour that we enjoy up here make autumn a very special time, especially on Wombat Hill.

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Glen, about the house

01-03-2022

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and ThymeNo, I'm not about to sing this popular medieval song, it’s merely to point out that herbs have graced the kitchen gardens and apothecarian cabinets since time immemorial and, I suppose, sort of sing their praises.

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Glen, about the house

18-02-2022

Whether it be a waterlily- and reed-filled patio tub on the terrace, a washed stone pebble fountain in a quiet corner or a formal fully-grown pond in the lawn, a water feature of any shape or size will add a new dimension to your garden.

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Glen, about the house

09-02-2022

Water features

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Begonias on show

08-02-2022

IF YOU'VE ever visited the Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens glasshouse, you will have seen the amazing tuberous begonias, flamboyant, colourful and huge - but only viewed from behind the glass walls.

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Gardening with Glen

27-01-2022

Orchids - always precious - occasionally precocious Once considered an expensive and highy technical hobby, the pleasures of growing beautiful orchids are now open to us all.

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Glen, about the house

18-01-2022

Last issue I mentioned that succulent plants weren’t just a group of weird little sun-loving plants that stored water on their swollen stems, leaves and sometimes, roots.

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Glen, about the house- Fine feathered friends

25-12-2021

To my great delight, my birdbath’s daily clientele has recently been boosted by “foreigners”

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Around the house with Glen

22-12-2021

A gift that keeps on giving

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In your local garden with Glen Heyne Gardens: Summer friends or foe?

20-01-2020

Will our garden shield our homes or turn against us in times of bushfires?

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Glen, about the house

28-11-2021

Bees, a disappearing race? If you think you’ve noticed the absence of bees, especially the little native types in your garden of late, you may be right. It could be that this unusually fearsome spring weather has kept them indoors but recent disturbing agricultural and horticultural news reports indicate a disturbing lack of activity on the bee front during the critical spring blossoming season.

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Recycle soft plastics at your local transfer station

23-11-2021

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is conducting a six month soft plastics recycling trial with local recycling company, Victorian Regional Recyclers.

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Help shape the future of biosecurity in Victoria

22-11-2021

Victorians are being called on to take the lead in strengthening their state’s biosecurity system by nominating to join Victoria’s Biosecurity Reference Group.

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FREE GREEN WASTE DISPOSAL

15-11-2021

Residents can dispose of green waste for free at our three transfer stations in Creswick, Trentham and Daylesford throughout November

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Glen About the house

12-11-2021

Space invaders? Maybe not.

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Flowers of joy

08-11-2021

THE shopfronts of Daylesford and surrounds will come alive later this month with 120 beautiful floral installations designed to celebrate spring and move towards a better future.

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Glen, About the House

25-10-2021

I’m sure that, like me, you have a dark, shady corner of the garden where the hardy sunlovers just simply can’t do their best. Fortunately, there’s an equal number of beautiful shade-seeking plants of all kinds just itching to strut their stuff. These plants, although preferring cool, moist conditions in the warmer months, are just as dependent on good drainage and rich, friable soil. Many shade-loving plants also prefer an acidic soil, so this must also be taken into consideration when preparing the bed.

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Glen, About the house

11-10-2021

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs It may be no fairy story, but it could mean a few garden dreams can come true. There are so many times, especially at this time of bountiful blooms, that you may wish you could find space for yet another flowering tree such as the spectacular snow white flowering cherry, pictured here. Or, perhaps one of the many acacias, rhododendrons, camellias or even a free- flowering magnolia. But you can’t really find the space for yet another large tree.

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Hey honey!

KYNETON resident, and founder and CEO of Sweet Justice, Claire Moore, has received the inaugural Rotary Melbourne Environmental Sustainability Award in recognition of her work to support and protect the honey bee population.

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Water future

WORK is under way on the next Central Highlands Water Urban Water Strategy.

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Glen, about the house

SPRING persists, even if it’s only vacillating between icy rain and those fleeting wind-cooled sunny spells.

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16-08-2021

Let's celebrate the return of Wattle Day Glenlyon has revisited and revitalised the celebration of Wattle Day, once an annual one-day salute to our national floral emblem, the wattle, but this year it is embraced in a week long feast of poetry and art commencing on August 8.

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Glen, about the house

12-04-2021

The good, the bad & the hungry!

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Glen: About the house

29-03-2021

Shoo fly - Part 2 (As promised last time - dealing with the loathsome fruit fly…)

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Glen, about the house

15-03-2021

Shoo fly!

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Beautiful blooming begonias…and bees

15-03-2021

BEGONIAS have captured the imagination of flower lovers for hundreds of years with their almost quirky and often flamboyant offerings.

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Glen, About the house

08-02-2021

It's all about the birds and the bees

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Glen, Around the house

15-02-2021

Then the rains came down…

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Glen, about the house

25-01-2021

Making the most of a fruit harvest - Take 2

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Around the house with Glen

18-01-2021

Making the most of a fruit harvest If you are among the lucky ones with a good home crop or access to lots of stone fruit this season, there are more ways than making jam to preserve them for long-term use.

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Glen about the house – A waterlogged garden?

23-12-2021

We could be faced with the double-edged benefits of that long-awaited wet Winter.

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Glen, about the house

21-12-2020

2020 - Groundhog Day revisited

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Glen, about the house

07-12-2020

"Oh, Christmas tree - Oh, Christmas tree."

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About the house with Glen

30-11-2020

Not so welcome guests This recent burst of warm Spring weather, alternating with days of heavy rain storms has brought about great bursts of strong growth and crowds of colourful flowers in gardens everywhere. But, like all good stories, there has to be a downside - in this case also armies of aphids, snails and other plant-chewing or sucking pests.

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Glen, about the house

16-11-2020

Underground networks There’s a lot more going on under the mulch than you probably realise, and not all of it necessarily good.

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Glen, Man about the house

09-11-2020

The answer's a lemon! Well, not really, it’s about citrus trees in general…Springtime is an important clean-up and feeding time for citrus - the time to remove weak, spindly growth and dead wood. If your lemon tree is looking as yellow and hang-dog as mine at present, it can’t be a minute too soon.

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Glen, about the house

02-11-2020

Going to pot Gazing at the glorious specimen of aucuba japonica (Japanese laurel) you would hardly believe it was once the pathetic decapitated specimen in the other photo.

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Finally, it’s time to smell (and taste) the roses

02-11-2020

MARCH 18, 2020. This date is stamped into many people’s memories as the day everything shut. Among them is Lauren Richardson, grower of edible flowers in Glenlyon.

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Glen, About The House

26-10-2020

Treasures from the past Pondering over the photograph of my friend’s recently restored Tasmanian colonial house and garden (Issue 202) made me reflect on our own home.

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Restoring Park Lake to its former glory

19-10-2020

CRESWICK’S Park Lake Botanical Reserve turns 160 this year, but celebrations are on hold until April 18, 2021.

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A life-saving project within your back fence

19-10-2020

A LONG road for a pair of former journalists runs from country Queensland to a nursery at Tylden.

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Glen, about the house

05-10-2020

The Local 200 issues old?

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Glen, About the house

28-09-2020

Horti-culture shock

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Snakes on the move

28-09-2020

AS THE days become warmer, snakes are starting to emerge from their winter hibernation to bask in the sun and search for food and a mate. Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Senior Wildlife Management officer Belinda Cant said sunny weather also meant it was more likely people would encounter a snake.

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Glen, About the house

21-09-2020

“The spring is sprung, the grass is riz. I wonder where the boidies is. They say the boidie’s on the wing. But that’s absoid. The wing is on the bird.”

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Glen, About the house

14-09-2020

The Good Earth

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Glen, about the house

07-09-2020

Going to pot. Last week I left a cryptic message re saving the cardboard centres of your toilet roll and paper towel for this week…Here’s the answer!

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Glen, about the house

31-08-2020

Spring plantings - Following on from last week’s column about raising vegetables from seed.

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Glen about the house

24-08-2020

Everything old is new again - Digging in to our heritage!

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Glen about the house

17-08-2020

Divide and prosper

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Plan now for a bumper Spring crop

10-08-2020

What a wonderful year for our gardens, with bounteous Autumn and Winter rains and a promise of more to come. It may be a little early for any planting but it's certainly right to plan ahead and prepare the beds, especially if you’re thinking of enriching the soil with organic fertiliser or compost.

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Bonsai – miniature magic

03-08-2020

This centuries-old practice of miniaturising trees and shrubs can be a fascinating hobby the whole family can enjoy. But first let’s get one important fact straight - it’s the creation of the appearance of age and wear that is important, not their actual age in years.

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Up in the air with epiphytes – a whole new world of gardening

29-06-2020

Epihpytes are those plants whose roots are literally "up in the air".

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Glen about the house -Orchids for all

22-06-2020

It was once considered that growing the prized gem of the tropical forests, the orchid, was only for the very wealthy.

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From an old potting shed

15-06-2020

It’s funny how the sight of something familiar can bring memories of a long- distant past, flooding back.

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Glen, about the house -Moving experience

08-06-2020

Sometimes trees and shrubs may need to be moved to another part of the garden, or perhaps even to another garden.

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Glen, about the house -Bugged about the house

01-06-2020

I should have known I would start something when I made mention of building a “bug hotel”...

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Glen, about the house – It’s only natural to care (cont’d)

11-05-2020

Last week, I espoused the benefits of the absolute need for us to find ways to protect our gardens from pests and diseases.

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Glen about the house – It’s only natural to care about your garden and its inhabitants!

04-05-2020

In your desire to protect your plants from the many pest attacks, it's easy to overlook the many other inhabitants of your garden.

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Glen, about the house Idle times – idle hands…

30-03-2020

Last issue I gave you some clues for putting this current free time into enhancing your garden.

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In Your Local Garden with Gen Heyne Gardens: A viral retreat

23-03-2020

The prospect of long-term solitary confinement for however long it takes for the accursed COVID-19 to leave our shores is daunting.

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Local Gardens of Note

24-02-2020

Oak & Monkey Puzzle, Ballan-Daylesford Road, Spargo Creek.

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Nature Diary with Tanya Loos

10-02-2020

THIS summer has seen a spectacular flowering of sweet bursaria.

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In Your Local Garden – With Glen Heyne

10-02-2020

On the cusp time of Summer's almost over but Autumn isn’t quite here yet.

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