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Embrace the Winter Greenery: Gardening Delights in Australian Winters

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Embrace the Winter Greenery: Gardening Delights in Australian Winters

 

By Liam Jennings.

While winter in Australia brings cooler temperatures and shorter days, it doesn’t mean your gardening journey needs to hibernate until spring, its time to embrace it. In fact, Australian winters present a unique opportunity to embrace the season and indulge in the wonders of winter gardening. So, grab your gardening gloves, put on a warm jacket, and let’s explore the delights that await you during this season of greenery!

One of the advantages of gardening in Australian winters is the milder climate in many regions. With temperatures that remain above freezing, you have the perfect conditions to grow a variety of cool-season vegetables. Think hearty greens like kale, spinach, and Swiss chard, which thrive in the cooler temperatures and add a vibrant touch to your winter meals. These nutrient-packed vegetables are not only delicious but also provide a fresh and healthy addition to your table. You can also grow other winter vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and leeks. These crops benefit from the cooler temperatures, resulting in sweeter and more flavourful harvests. Additionally, root vegetables like carrots, radishes, and turnips can be sown in winter for a bountiful harvest in the spring.

Winter is not just about the absence of colour; it’s an opportunity to infuse your garden with stunning blooms. Embrace the elegance of pansies, primroses, and violas, as they grace your garden with their charming flowers. These hardy plants will brighten up your outdoor space and remind you that nature’s beauty persists even in the colder months. Don’t forget to include some winter-flowering bulbs like daffodils and hyacinths, which will burst into colour as the weather warms up in late winter and early spring. Consider planting winter-blooming shrubs such as camellias, winter jasmine, and flowering quinces for added visual interest. These plants not only survive but thrive during winter, ensuring your garden remains vibrant and captivating throughout the season.

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But let’s not forget the appeal of indoor gardening during winter. It’s the perfect time to create a cosy green sanctuary inside your home. Explore the world of indoor plants such as ferns, peace lilies, snake plants, and spider plants, which not only add a touch of nature to your living spaces but also improve air quality. Surrounding yourself with indoor greenery has been shown to reduce stress and enhance overall well-being. Experiment with different sizes, shapes, and textures to create a visually appealing indoor garden oasis. Hanging plants, terrariums, and vertical gardens can be excellent options for maximizing space and bringing life to your indoor environment. Be sure to place your indoor plants in areas that receive adequate sunlight or provide them with supplemental grow lights to ensure their healthy growth.

Winter gardening in Australia also offers the opportunity to prepare for the upcoming spring season. Use this time to tidy up your garden, prune dormant trees and shrubs, and enrich the soil with compost or organic matter. Clear away any fallen leaves, weeds, and debris to maintain a clean and healthy garden environment. Winter is also a great time to assess the layout of your garden and consider any changes or additions you’d like to make. Research and gather inspiration, sketch out new beds or landscape features, and plan your gardening activities for the upcoming seasons. Consider constructing raised beds or installing irrigation systems to make your gardening endeavours more efficient and enjoyable.

Furthermore, winter can be a time for reflection and rejuvenation in the garden. Take some moments to observe the bare branches, the delicate frost on the ground, and the stillness that winter brings. Use this time to connect with nature and appreciate the beauty of the season. It’s also an excellent opportunity to read books and expand your gardening knowledge, explore new gardening techniques, or experiment with DIY projects such as creating garden structures or crafting decorative items. Engage in garden-related hobbies like nature photography or keeping a garden journal to capture the unique essence of winter in your gardening endeavours.

So, as the temperatures drop and the days become shorter, don’t let your gardening aspirations hibernate. Embrace the joys of winter gardening in Australia and let the season surprise you with its unique offerings. From flourishing cool-season vegetables to captivating winter flowers and indoor green havens, there’s a whole world of possibilities awaiting you. Let your green thumb flourish and enjoy the beauty of gardening even during the winter months! Remember, winter gardening not only allows you to reap the rewards of fresh produce and beautiful blooms but also nurtures your connection with nature and brings a sense of tranquillity and fulfillment to your gardening journey.

 

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The Circus is in town and it is action packed

 

By Samantha Elley

Put your expectations away and open your mind to the ‘edge of your seat’ experience you will be in for when you go to see The Circus in Coffs Harbour.

“We are a seventh generation circus family, originally from Germany,” said tour manager and matriarch, Marie Weber.

“We bring acts that have never been seen under the big top in Australia before.

“These include FMX (freestyle) riders, the splitting globe of death, comedians, aerialists and even a human cannonball.”

Patriarch, Harry Weber, has been involved in the circus touring life for the past 40 years and the family are excited to be in Australia.

“We have been touring in New Zealand, South Africa, Korea and other international areas,” said Marie.

That’s no mean feat with a family of eight children who have all grown up with the circus.

“We have performers from all walks of life,” said Marie.

“There are about 40 crew and performers, including those travelling with families.”

Marie said they are all like one big happy family, especially when they have been working so closely together for so long.

“Most of us have been working together for more than 10 years,” she said.

The Circus has just wound up six shows at Lismore Showgrounds and is now heading to Coffs Harbour where they have a giveaway on their Facebook page ‘Weber Bros Entertainment’ for two VIP packages and 10 double passes to their shows.

They will be performing their action packed shows at Coffs Harbour Showground between June 6th – 16th.

Book your tickets at 0452003300 or online at iticket.com.au for two hours of great family entertainment. Prices range from $35 – $85 for adults and $25-$70 for children.

 

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Italian Renaissance Alive

 

Experience the beauty and brilliance of the Italian masters in “Italian Renaissance Alive,” an immersive journey celebrating Europe’s cultural rebirth. This extraordinary exhibition, from the creators of Van Gogh Alive, takes you on a mesmerising adventure through the 14th to 17th centuries, showcasing masterpieces by some of history’s most renowned artists, including Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Caravaggio, and more.

“Italian Renaissance Alive” brings to life the era’s explosion of art, culture, architecture, sculpture, and literature. As you step into this breathtaking digital multi-sensory gallery, you’ll be surrounded by the grandeur and elegance that defined the Renaissance period. The exhibition is designed to immerse you in the sights and sounds of the time, creating an unforgettable experience that transcends traditional art displays.

Witness iconic works like the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel ceiling, the enigmatic Mona Lisa, and the enchanting Birth of Venus. These masterpieces are presented in stunning detail, allowing you to appreciate the intricacies and genius of the artists’ techniques. Accompanied by a powerful operatic musical score, the exhibition enhances your sensory experience, evoking the emotions and atmosphere of the Renaissance.

Through “Italian Renaissance Alive”, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the cultural and intellectual movements that shaped the modern world. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be transported back in time and experience the Renaissance like never before.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When – on until the 4th of August
  • Where – HOTA, Gold Coast
  • Price – from $29
  • TicketsAvailable here.

 

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Horizon

 

There is a place between sea and sky – a sacred realm, where the sun rises and falls and the light is new.

From two of the world’s great First Nations comes a brand-new work: Horizon. Some call it a feeling, some call it the mother spirit. It’s the place where sea meets sky, the horizon we all look to, the compass that guides us home.

In Bangarra Dance Theatre’s first main stage cross-cultural collaboration, leading Māori choreographer Moss Te Ururangi Patterson joins beloved Bangarra alumna Deborah Brown. Together they guide the award-winning ensemble in stories that honour their mother countries and the spirit that calls them home.

Brown is a proud descendent of the Wakaid Clan and Meriam people in the Torres Strait, with heritage from far across the seas in Scotland. She carries strength and resilience from her ancestors. Patterson was born in Turangi near Lake Taupō, and describes the sense of home as something alive, that he carries like a beating heart.

To open the program, Saibailayg (Saibai Islander) Sani Townson expands his acclaimed work Kulka, debuted in Dance Clan in 2023, to make a thrilling opening piece paying homage to Sani’s grandfather and his Torres Strait heritage.

Come explore the cultural forces that bind us together, across oceans and eons. Experience the resilience of the First Peoples of the Oceania region, that extends across the continent now known as Australia, the Torres Strait Islands and Aotearoa, our southern neighbour.

Horizon is a double bill opening with Kulka by Bangarra alum Sani Townson, followed by the primary piece, The Light Inside, choreographed by Bangarra alum Deborah Brown and Māori choreographer and Arts Laureate Moss Te Ururangi Patterson.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When – 8-17 of August
  • Where – QPAC
  • Price – from $59
  • TicketsAvailable here.

 

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