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History of the ‘flower’

History of the flower

Note from Jim: Something a little bit different today from the team at Fresh Flowers in Brisbane, who have sent through this brief history of the role that flowers have played over the ages. I hope you enjoy it, let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. 

People all over the world adorn their houses with beautiful flowers, whilst others send them to their friends or lovers as gifts. But, have you ever stopped to think about the history of the flower? When was the first ever flower discovered? It’s something most people do not tend to give much consideration to. As we are so used to flowers, we can take them for granted, simply assuming that they have been around forever. Yet, this is of course not the case.

The first evidence of flowers can be dated back to over 100 million years ago!  This evidence has been discovered through flower fossils, and thus whilst we cannot pinpoint an exact date for their birth, we can state that they go back to prehistoric period. The first plant fossils found date back to approximately 93 million years ago. These were wood magnolia-like plants. [click to continue…]

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Aussie Green Thumb featured in the Waterline News

Hi everyone,

Just a quick update to let you know about an exciting new partnership that Aussie Green Thumb has struck up with a local community newsletter published monthly in Grantville and surrounding areas.

The Waterline News features a range of local articles around news, businesses and events as well as regular features on lifestyle, gardening, self sufficiency, book reviews and more.

Aussie Green Thumb will be working with the editor of the Waterline News to add a monthly gardening feature to the newsletter, with beginners tips on maintaining a garden, growing vegetables, caring for native plants and enjoying an outdoor lifestyle.

This month, there is an article on “Top Tips for Growing LusciousTomatoes”.

You can check it out by visiting the Waterline News website, and downloading the latest newsletter (PDF)

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Beginner’s Guide to Outdoor Water Features

Backyard water feature

There are gardens, and then there are gardens with water features. The simplest of water features can transform your outdoor space into a tranquil getaway — even if you just need to get away from the hullabaloo happening inside of your home. The sounds of babbling water or the light dancing off the surface work wonders when it comes to clearing your mind.

There’s no “right answer” when it comes to water features, either; all you have to do is choose the water feature that best suits your style and your garden. Below are four examples of simple installments that will drastically change the look and, most importantly, the feel of your outdoor space. [click to continue…]


Sustainable Gardening Tips 

Tips for sustainable greening

Note from Jim: Claudia from Rain Water Tanks Direct has sent kindly provided this fantastic article full of sustainable gardening tips to share with the Aussie Green Thumb audience. After reading through this as well as a recent trip to Africa you might see more articles around sustainable and permaculture gardening in the next few months, so keep an eye out. But for now, take it away Claudia! 

Many gardeners have sustainability in mind. Growing the food you eat, after all, is a big step to living a sustainable way of life. Compared to non-organic methods, organic methods are definitely more sustainable, not only for human health, but also for wildlife, the water, and the soil. Sustainable gardening, however, goes beyond the use of organic techniques. From energy and water conservation to the reduction of waste, there are so many ways to make our gardening practices more sustainable.

There are so many sustainable gardening tips you can follow, and below are just a few of them. [click to continue…]


Expert Tips: Keeping Your Trees Healthy

Note from Jim: some good advice this week on general maintenance for a healthy garden.

If you like the idea of a lush green garden, full of natural wildlife, but do not have the time or the patience to carefully cultivate delicate flowers, then a garden full of trees is a great, low maintenance approach. The relative size of these beasts of a plant mean that once they have established, a tree will, essentially, look after itself.

However, a garden still needs some maintenance, otherwise it just looks messy and some tree care may be needed periodically.

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Note from Jim: This week we are featuring another local Australian company, Secure-A-Fence based in Perth, who are sharing details on safety requirements and other important considerations when installing a pool on your property.  If you have any further questions, leave a comment below and the team at Secure A Fence will get back to you, or contact them directly.

Pool fencing is subject to strict requirements and safety standards around Australia. When building a pool, adhering to the pool fence safety regulations in your state is critical to avoid tragic accidents as well as hefty fines for non-compliance.

Like all Australian states, Western Australia enforces rigorous pool fencing regulations. Secure-A-Fence manufactures a range of tubular pool fencing options that not only meet WA safety standards but exceeds them, ensuring your pool fence is as safe as possible. As a locally owned Perth fencing company, Secure-A-Fence can guide you through everything you need to know about pool fence safety.

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Note from Jim: This week we are featuring Clearshield Screens, an award winning Australian company specialising in security doors and security screens. If you have any further questions on cyclone screens, i.e. installation or safety aspects, leave a comment below and Jamie or George will follow up to answer your questions.

Keep your home safe, even in extreme conditions

There is nothing more important in life than the safety of your family and family home. ClearShield’s impeccable safety standards – and large variety of safety products – will ensure they’re kept safe.

Northern Australia is among the most active cyclonic areas in the world, hit each year with extreme weather events that often cause major destruction to property and threaten the families inside. The strongest wind gust ever recorded on the Australian mainland was 267 kilometres per hour, recorded in 1999 from Cyclone Vance.

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