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Welcome to the seventh issue of my newsletter. I will be mailing it out a few times a year to my gardening friends. I hope that you enjoy reading it.

Wildflowers in Western Australia
We've had one of the best wildflower seasons in more than ten years after ample winter rains and the wildflowers are looking spectacular.  I took a quick trip up north with husband Bill to discover some of the beauties.
Above are some of the wreath lechenaultias on the roadside in Pindar.  They grow in the gravel on the roadside ir un gravel pits and really only look this way because of man's intervention - but it's a spectacular sight seeing them stretch for almost 1km on the roadside. 

The wildflowers around Perth are looking fabulous too and I have taken many trips to Kings Park to  enjoy them there as well. The orchids are putting on a fabulous show and I have seen more in bushland than ever in the past.  Perhaps my eye is getting more atuned to looking for them, however, I think that it is just a good year for everything floral.
Below are our brilliant blue lechenautia and some yellow hibertia I photographed  growing by the roadside in Gin Gin, jut north of Perth. I just love this combination of colours. You can grow both in your home garden, as long as you don't have a humid climate.
If you get the chance do come and visit WA in September - you won't be disapointed.

My friend Steve Wood is running a Wildflower tour with ASA Cultural Tours on mid September next year if you're keen to experience it for yourself. The tour includes a visit to my garden for morning tea on the last day before the trip heads for the airport and the journey home. The link is on our All The Dirt podcast website: www.allthedirt.com.au.

Garden tours 2019: Victoria,Tasmania and Italy

My 2019 garden tour to Italy now only has a limited number of places available, so it you are thinking of joining me and travelling to see the gardens around Lake Como, Florence, Sienna, Lucca and Rome (including Ninfa) and lots of private gardens not open to the general public, this is the tour for you. Lunchs featuring delicious seasonal produce malke the most of Italy's famous cuisine too. I'm co-leading this with artist and art historian David Henderson - so you'll get a nice balance of gardens, art and architecture, scenery and food. 

For the last ten or so years I've taken a tour to see gardens in Victoria in March. The 2019 tour includes a new garden in the Mornington Peninsula and two new gardens in the goldfield's region. It has evolved over the years and ithis year's tour is, I think, the best Victorian tour I have ever led. 
We plan to move this tour  to October in 2020 - so it will not include the Melbourne Flower and Garden Show, but will have a range of gardens in their spring glory (including more new ones) and lush and green countryside. 

After taking the first  ASA Cultural Tour to Tasmania next month Bill and I have allocated some post tour time in Tasmania to consider other places that we might like to add to the itinerary in 2019.
I've already found a few additions for this year's tour (including a brand new food garden that teams European edibles with the native equivalent) which are not in the brochure.

If you fancy any of these tours the information is on my website www.derynthorpe.com.au or visit the website of ASA Cultural Tours www.asatours.com.au.
All The Dirt podcast 
We've now had nearly 200,000 downloads of the podcast that I create with fellow host Steve Wood. There are now 66 episodes available on our website or via uTunes.
There are podcasts to suit every taste - roses, bees, biodiversity, water gardens as well as interviews with some of Australia's best known gardening personalities.
It's a labour of love for Steve and myself as we want to encourage people to grow their own food, create beautiful gardens, eat well and look after our environment.  Please subscribe and then you won't miss a single episode.

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Me, Costa, Sabrina and Steve at the Nannup Garden Festival
 
'All The Dirt' - well Steve and I, were garden presenters at the Nannup Garden Festival and had lots of fun laughing with Sabrina and Costa. It's a fabulous festival and most of the events are free - so put it in your August diary for next year.


 


I now work for Gardening Australia
For the last few months I have been working part time for Gardening Australia magazine as their Horticultural Consultant.
I write their Marketplace Plants and In Store section, source photos for articles, and answer letters to the editor.  I'm still writing articles as a freelance for the magazine - which I really enjoy. I think I would write about plants even if I didn't get paid.
I am enjoying sourcing plants for the Marketplace section and writing about them as I get to find out what the wholesalers are growing. There is always room for 'one more' plant in my garden. 
Trawling through the image libraries is like sending a kid into a lolly shop - one could spend days, no weeks, looking at sumptuous photographs - luckily I have a deadline! 



 Garden tour and afternoon tea at my place

If you're in Perth on Saturday, October 20  and have come on a garden tour with me over the last three years or have booked to come on a tour with me this year or next year you are invited for afternoon tea and a tour of the garden.
It will be informal, but do let me know if you're coming so I can make sure there is enough cake.
2pm, 13 First Ave, Mt Lawley


Pinjarra Garden Day
If you're in Perth why not take the drive to the beautiful town of Pinjarra on October 21 for their garden day.  There are lots of stalls, fabulous food and I'll be speaking about waterwise gardening.
 
 
Why am I  getting this newsletter?

 You're receiving this newsletter because you are a 'garden friend', attended my open garden, asked to receive it on Facebook or travelled on one of my garden tours.
Each month I'll be writing about what I'm doing in my home garden, providing some garden hints and inspiration and information on some of the world's most beautiful gardens.
If you want to read more gardening articles or facts sheets or have a friend who wants to subscribe to this newsletter visit my website: derynthorpe.com.au.
I'm in rose heaven at the Chelsea Flower Show
 
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