Gillian Vine

Farmyard follies

Farmyard follies

In the second of an occasional series on garden history, Gillian Vine looks at the ornamental farm.

Patience for sowing

Vegetables

Gardeners can be seduced by mild weather at this time of year, as the temptation is to sow seeds in open ground, even though the soil is cold and wet.

It's a puzzle

It's a puzzle

What is happening to our monkey puzzle trees is a bit of a mystery, says Gillian Vine.

So much to discover

So much to discover

As Singapore celebrates its 150th anniversary, Gillian Vine suggests some things to do in the city that is a popular stopover for those travelling to Europe.

It's roses, roses all the way ...

It's roses, roses all the way ...

It's time to get roses planted, says Gillian Vine.

Many fruit, nut trees thriving

Many fruit, nut trees thriving

Trees, shrubs and seeds are the focus in winter, Gillian Vine says.

Bringing books to the Yasawas

Bringing books to the Yasawas

Bringing books to the YasawasBeing a ''volun-tourist'' can be very rewarding, writes Gillian Vine.

Challenge of resort garden

Challenge of resort garden

There's more to hotel or resort gardens than meets the eye, Gillian Vine discovers.

Historical fiction roundup: June 15

Historical fiction roundup: June 15

The suicide of her parents, who have left her short of money, sees Stella Myles at a local dance hall, where she dances with men in exchange for money.

Junior and young adult reading

Set during the 18th century on the Spanish Main and in the Caribbean Sea, The Pirates and The Nightmaker reintroduces the Loblolly Boy of James Norcliffe's earlier fantasy novels.