November 27, 2016

I have always been a cool climate gardener, which might seem odd seeing as the Adelaide foot hills, where I live, are known for their soaring summer temperatures. While they don't get as hot as the city or the plains (Adelaide is a very flat city, as is much of Australia) they do still experience temperatures in excess of 40 degrees celsius. When I say I am a cool climate gardener, that means that my garden's plants are sourced from areas of the world which experience mild summers and cold, sometimes snowy winters. Most of the plants I love are from the mountainous regions of China and Japan. While Adelaide winters are generally quite cold and adequately wet,  I am not alone in my defying of South Australia's dry summers. Hydrangeas, Magnolias and Camellias are always popular sellers at nurseries around the area and throughout most of the world. These plants are so amazingly alluring that they tend to attract attention from even the most inexperienced of gardeners. Though the same is t...

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