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Kim Richardson

Confession time: I’m a writer, not a gardener. Don't get me wrong, I like to look at plants... just don’t ask me to take care of them. My aim here is simple – to take complicated horticultural information from my garden-loving mates at Flower Power, and turn it into simple, educational gardening advice that even the blackest of thumbs can follow. Hey, if I can keep two rubber plants and a hibiscus (barely) alive, so can you!

  1. Gardening 101: How not to kill your indoor plants

    Gardening 101: How not to kill your indoor plants
    At Flower Power, we believe there's no such thing as a black thumb. At the end of the day, it's knowledge, and not some innate ability, that separates the successful plant parents from the hapless plant killers. So if you're not sure how to care for your new indoor plant baby, or you just can't seem to keep them alive...
  2. Small space styling: Create an oasis with balcony furniture

    Small space styling: Create an oasis with balcony furniture
    As the weather starts to warm up, we turn our minds to outdoor living. A morning coffee, an afternoon curled up with a good book, a sunset cocktail, a long lunch with friends or a family dinner - all of these simple pleasures are often much better enjoyed in the great outdoors. But not all of us are living the...
  3. Acid-loving plants: Flowers that will thrive in your acidic soil

    Acid-loving plants: Flowers that will thrive in your acidic soil
    Just like humans, all plants are a little different, and where some fail to thrive, others will blossom. The clearest example of this is watering. Some plants will wilt and make it very obvious that they need regular deep watering to thrive. Others however, are perfectly pleased with just an occasional rain shower. Something that might be less obvious to...
  4. Winter colour: our 5 favourite plants for adding winter cheer

    Winter colour: our 5 favourite plants for adding winter cheer
    2020 has been a most unusual year so far. First, the drought and bushfire crises kicked into another gear, and then the Coronavirus pandemic changed the way we live our everyday lives. With most of us having spent time isolating at home over the last few months, we think everyone could do with a little extra cheer as winter hits...
  5. The insider's guide to styling indoor plants

    The insider's guide to styling indoor plants
    We're all spending a lot more time at home these days - so while you're there, why not make your space look the best it possibly can? At Flower Power, you know we have a fantastic range of indoor plants - but you might not know that we also have Sydney's widest range of indoor and decorator pots, pot bags...
  6. Our top water-wise gardening tips

    Our top water-wise gardening tips
    Struggling to work out how best to water your garden through hot summer weather, drought and water restrictions? Worried you might have to let your garden go? Fear not! With a little effort, you can make your garden a survivor. We've put together our favourite water-wise tips to help you save water (and therefore money!) and keep your garden happy...
  7. Level 2 Sydney Water Restrictions: Maintaining a green lawn

    Level 2 Sydney Water Restrictions: Maintaining a green lawn
    Update February 18 2020: Following recent downpours, the NSW Government and Sydney Water have announced that Sydney's water restrictions will be wound back to Level 1 on Sunday, March 1. Click here for information on how you can maintain a green lawn during Level 1 water restrictions. The below information is valid until 29 February 2020 only. Is there anything...
  8. Watering your garden during Level 2 Sydney Water Restrictions

    Watering your garden during Level 2 Sydney Water Restrictions
    Update February 18 2020: Following recent downpours, the NSW Government and Sydney Water have announced that Sydney's water restrictions will be wound back to Level 1 on Sunday, March 1. Click here for information on how you can water your garden during Level 1 water restrictions. The below information is valid until 29 February 2020 only. The NSW Government and...
  9. Styling your home for Christmas

    Styling your home for Christmas
    With so much stunning Christmas decor hitting the stores, sometimes it's hard to know where to begin. How many baubles do you need? How full should your tree be? And what's the verdict on gift wrapping? Enter our resident styling expert, Lucy Wolstenholme.   Homewares and furniture buyer, and interior styling expert, Lucy Wolstenholme. A little about Lucy From a very...
  10. Choose your own gardening adventure this long weekend!

    Choose your own gardening adventure this long weekend!
    The long weekend is ideal for getting things done around the house and garden - that extra day seems to do us a world of good. But when you've got a lot to do, where do you start? We've broken it down into easy chunks - so whether you have five minutes or a whole three-day weekend to spare, you...

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