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Cheralyn Darcey
Sydney, Australia
environmental author & artist, gardener, nature lover, passionate about ethnobotany & botanical history
Interests: art, ethnobotany, environmentalism, botany, gardening, craft
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Tucked in a corner of many garden centres is a section that most of us nod at as we pass, not really understanding what on earth we would do with the bunch of plants on display. It’s the Aquatic Plant section and for those of us with water features, they are not only a beautiful addition, but one that helps maintain the ecological balance of these areas of the garden. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2022 at Florasphere
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While it may seem a strange proposal to many of us, growing edibles as indoor plants is a great solution for those lacking an outdoor area. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2022 at Florasphere
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You may long for a lush jungle at your place but before you start buying palm trees and exotic humid- loving foliage, there is a right way to ensure your tropical dream success and ways to get the look while faking it Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2022 at Florasphere
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DOWN IN THE GARDEN: Plant Beans Now Cheralyn Darcey So easy, so yummy and you can sow right now! Most beans go brilliantly all year round, especially on the Central Coast and even the changeable Spring weather and extra rain... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2022 at Florasphere
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This year, why not give everyone at your place the treat of freshly harvested goodness from your garden. To give yourself a head start, plant seedlings rather than seeds and make sure you are planting into rich, healthy soil and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2022 at Florasphere
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The best way to have a healthy and pest-resistant garden is to plant natives but, most of us want tomatoes, lettuce and roses, so we need to find ways to protect them and to enable them to thrive Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2022 at Florasphere
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How do you grow the best tomatoes? Let's find out! Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2022 at Florasphere
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This week I explored the basics of starting up a herb garden and got a few cooking tips from Local Chef Pauly Mac! Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2022 at Florasphere
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This week in The Central Coast News, I explored Gardening as Therapy - Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2022 at Florasphere
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No one likes paying double digits for a head of lettuce at any time and most of us can’t afford to but there are a couple of solutions. Lettuce is amazingly easy to grow, even in pots! Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2022 at Florasphere
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If you can’t stand living with that heat reflecting metal panel fence, the windows of your neighbours blinking into your home or the view of the local shops, then screening plants are here to save the day. Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2022 at Florasphere
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A Lavender Affair by Central Coast author Marian French ISBN: 9781922444998 Shawline Publishing 2021 Chatting with author Marian French was a delight as she guided me through the creation of this precious historical reference and personal journal about one of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2022 at Florasphere
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Although it may seem a simple enough task, to be effective a little planning, preparation and commitment is needed to save seeds from your garden. You can just shake, squeeze, and scrape those plants and collect all the seeds, but to ensure they have the best chance of being viable (being about to sprout), and will grow you a healthy, strong crop next time around, I’ve gathered a few tips and tricks for you to follow. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2022 at Florasphere
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An overly soggy garden that dries out over a few days can be revived without too much fuss, but a flooded garden needs a deeper clean-up and a few more steps to keep you safe and get your garden back to health. If plants are left to stand in water for more than a few days, they can die from lack of oxygen supply to their roots and if they do manage to survive then fungal diseases that develop in these conditions may still be a major challenge. Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2022 at Florasphere
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How good is garlic for you really? Can anything kill a garlic plant? Why did the Ancient Egyptians bury their dead with garlic? MOSTLY ABOUT PLANTS botanical history, gardening and folklore iHEART radio or wherever you get your podcasts This... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2022 at Florasphere
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With over 800 species and around ten new plants discovered each year, there will be an Aussie Native Orchid I’m sure you will fall in love with! For cultural and showing purposes, Australian Native Orchids are placed into one of two groups. The first being the most popular with home gardeners and collectors for their relative ease of care. Accounting for around 25% of the native orchid population, this group is known as the ‘Epiphyte Orchids’. These grow upon trees and rocks. In botanical terms, a plant growing upon rock void of soil is further classified as a ‘Lithophyte’. Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2022 at Florasphere
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Red roses for love, yellow ones for friendship and daisy to wish happiness but did you know that all flowers have meanings, and they are not all that hard to find? You may be growing them, or plan to or maybe just want to grab a bunch to share or enjoy so this week, let’s explore the fascinating Language of Flowers. Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2022 at Florasphere
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Many of us have turned to our gardens in these times for peace but a few have also found prosperity out amongst the green leaves and petals as a booming botanical industry opens new opportunities. Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2022 at Florasphere
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I find out once and for all - are Bonsai a torturous way to display trees? Once the preserve of the retired and lifelong dedicated masters, Bonsai is enjoying a surge in interest and popularity as more people from all walks of life and ages are taking up this fascinating artistic pursuit. Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2022 at Florasphere
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Fresh garlic, straight from the garden is a divine experience and it is also the way to ensure you get the maximum health benefits possible. It is garlic planting time on The Coast and across temperate areas of Australia right now. Good news is, they are one of the easiest plants to grow and home-grown means more flavour and nutrients. This wonderful veggie can be planted in pots and garden beds and can be used fresh or stored for use all year-round. Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2022 at Florasphere
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Hello! I hope this finds you happy and well and that you have spent at least some time with a plant, in the garden and maybe even getting your hands dirty. Personal Things... I honestly haven't had the time to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2021 at Florasphere
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Very proud of my son Jared. Love that he hasn't found anything too 'sharky' of late! Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2021 at Florasphere
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Our topic is 'Autumn Gardening' and along with Cheralyn's suggestions, we will be chatting with greenskeeper Craig Parks for the inside dirt on keeping lawns looking lush. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2021 at Florasphere
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My weekly 2 hour live gardening radio show with Pete Little on COASTFM963 is now also podcast. Listen live or stream and you can also catch up wherever you get your podcasts: @at home with the gardening gang Lastest Episode: Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2021 at Florasphere
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Sweet Corn (Zea mays) has a deep connection with ritual, return, divination, luck, offerings and fertility. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2021 at Florasphere