Hippeastrum: Somewhere Over The Rainbow

If ever there was a plant perfectly suited to the sets of the Wizard of Oz, it’s Hippeastrum. These flamboyant¬†flowers are dead easy to grow and ¬†Australia is fortunate to have the likes of Mick Maguire, a dedicated hybridist and grower.

Father’s Day 2014: Concerning Seaweed And Quadratic Equations

This is a fictional letter. My father, John, who had been living for some years with Alzheimer’s, died shortly after I emigrated to Australia. My sister and I looked after Dad at home for several years until he required full time professional care.¬†During the period when his mind was failing, remembering our family and things…