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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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How Do You Get Your Partner into Gardening? Is it LOVE when your pet licks you? Which CC postcode made a top 10 list? Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2024 at Florasphere
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Why Prune? We are well and truly in the middle of winter now so that means that some of our garden trees and shrubs might be needing a good trim soon. Don’t stop there because lots of other plant types... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2023 at Florasphere
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While we are constantly searching for ways to look after our gardens, the gift of gardens is that they are always quietly looking after us. We don’t even need to own a garden to benefit as Clara Rosa, Medical Scientist... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2023 at Florasphere
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Central Coast Edible Garden Trail Edible Garden Trails are a joyful event that helps gardeners showcase their techniques, passions and experience while opening the way for budding and more experienced gardeners to find inspiration, knowledge, and friendship. Usually held over... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2023 at Florasphere
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Everyone has room for citrus these days will a vast array of offerings to suit all garden sizes available from our local nurseries. Select a tree that you know you will use and that will be compatible with your area... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2023 at Florasphere
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With the additional financial pressures that life is bringing, many are turning to gardening as a way to provide at least some ease. Although gardening, like any endeavour, can end up being expensive if you don’t pay attention to your spending. Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2023 at Florasphere
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New Holland Honeyeater credit: Jinesh PS There are also many other benefits in encouraging native birds to your garden along with these obvious delightful additions to your plot of paradise. Birds need to eat, and many will happily devour your... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2023 at Florasphere
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The actual origin of the beautiful hibiscus is not really known. The problem with botany and our love and interest in plants is that we have naturalised them throughout history as we have travelled, mixed cultures and then hybridised to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2023 at Florasphere
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It’s Bare-rooted rose time! These are rose plants in their dormant state and are one of the best ways to purchase because stock and varieties will be more plentiful and it’s also a lot cheaper than container growing roses. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2023 at Florasphere
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Drying Botanicals There are lots of ways to dry botanicals, (flowers, foliage, seedheads),including the use of presses, silica and commercial freeze drying but I want to share with you the gentle and the more natural way of letting your specimens... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2023 at Florasphere
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I don’t know about you, but I take a while to get used to winter, especially gardening in the chilly fresh morning air. My daylight-saving balmy summer nights have also gone with the turning of the calendar page and so... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2023 at Florasphere
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They say that to enjoy garlic come Remembrance Day (November), you must plant by Anzac Day, so get cracking! Due to the warmth we are still experiencing, there are a couple of more weeks left in the garlic planting window... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2023 at Florasphere
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As the weather cools down, you can still bring some summer vibes to life in your home with a selection of cacti and succulents. Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2023 at Florasphere
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The first weekend in March saw the Bonsai Open held concurrently with the Central Coast Bonsai Club Annual Show at the Mingara Recreation Club. With over 150 trees on display, about 500 items available for purchase and some of Australia’s leading Bonsai experts including Marcela Ferreira, Andrew Edge, Hugh Grant, Evan Marsh, Joe Morgan-Payler and Tony Bebb demonstrating, it was an event not to missed. Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2023 at Florasphere
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Need to thicken up a hedge or shrub? Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2023 at Florasphere
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It’s been a week when the local markets have been flooded with flowers but have you considered growing your own cut flowers? Not just to fill your garden with colour, perfume and beauty but for a focused harvest? While it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2023 at Florasphere
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Although gardens are naturally calm places, you can create even more relaxation ambiance with a few carefully added design features. To escape the pressures, stresses and pace of the outside world, all garden spaces, indoors or out can easily provide... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2023 at Florasphere
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It’s almost the end of summer but it’s still a good time to take garden cuttings to create new plants. While you can take cuttings right throughout the year, there are preferred times and ways to do this to make... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2023 at Florasphere
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It’s almost the end of summer but it’s still a good time to take garden cuttings to create new plants. While you can take cuttings right throughout the year, there are preferred times and ways to do this to make... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2023 at Florasphere
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As your garden or the local market fills with the harvests of the season the time is right for you to start looking at ways to take advantage of the oversupply. You will save money, create ready to use items... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2023 at Florasphere
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pic: Royal Botanic Garden Sydney Apart from gaining a great tasting harvest, growing an Australian Bush Tucker Garden will help provide food and shelter for local wildlife. These plants are naturally suited to the local environment and so will generally... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2023 at Florasphere
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Is your resolution to create a garden this year or to improve your skills? Then read on as I have a bunch of resources, tips and inspiration to get you growing! Gardening is a skill that anyone can learn but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2023 at Florasphere
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A Christmas Tree in Your Garden Although the cutting of a tree and bringing indoors to celebrate the winter season and then Christianity, is an ancient tradition, the modern-day Christmas tree as we know it was popularised by Queen Victoria... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2023 at Florasphere
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Tips to inspire the gardening bug in young kids: * Ask your kids what they would like to eat and then grow it. * Involve them in the daily chores like watering. * Let them get dirty and have fun.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2023 at Florasphere
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Have you got a gardening friend? Are you a gardener looking for a hint to give to your family? Well, I’ve wrapped up a bunch of the most interesting of gifts for all budgets and all different types of plants... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2022 at Florasphere