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Better Homes and Gardens Australia

Better Homes and Gardens Australia October 2020

Better Homes and Gardens - full of ideas, inspiration and information for you and your family. Every issue of Better Homes and Gardens is packed with inspiring, affordable and achievable ideas plus step-by-step projects for all areas of your home and garden.

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13 Issues

in this issue

3 min
romancing the stone

don’t be the one to cast the first stone – be ambitious and instead be the one to throw the first boulder or three into your garden. Rocks – whether big or small – are natural and organic and can make the colours of your plants explode when they are set against a grey or beige backdrop. The strong, rugged textures of the rocks complement and contrast the elegance, gracefulness, prettiness, wispiness or cuteness of your flowers and foliage. So, if you don’t live in a hilly, mountain or alpine area where rocks protrude naturally from the earth, then bring some in. The impact will be stunning! PRACTICAL REASONS TO PUT STONE IN YOUR GARDEN • Large rocks help prevent erosion of steep slopes. • A series of boulders helps slow the flow…

2 min
better pets

Pet birds and their toys! KEEP THEM BUSY Toys are crucial for keeping your feathered friend mentally and physically stimulated. Quality toys allow your bird to chew and keep their beak in shape, fulfil their need to forage, and exercise to avoid obesity. SAFETY FIRST Offer a variety of textures, colours, sounds, sizes and tastes appropriate for your bird’s size and personality. You don’t want your big bird to choke on a little toy or a large bell to frighten your teeny weeny tweety bird. The safest toys are unpainted hard plastics, untreated wood and paper, native branches and flowers (rinsed free of pesticides). Ask your vet which plants are safe for the cage. Bird toys don’t have to be expensive — the cardboard inners of toilet rolls make great toys and they’re replaceable. Hide treats in…

3 min
make your pups pop!

Fill your garden or indoors with a quirky collection of cute little succulents without having to pay for them. With clever propagation tricks, you’ll soon have your favourites creating little pups from just one plant – enough to pop into cavities in stone walls, between patio pavers, under steps or in rock gardens. Line them up in a row of little pots on a sunny windowsill or fill a wide, shallow bowl planter with your favourite leftovers to create a succulent table centrepiece. GROWING IN POTS Use a special succulent mix for growing in pots. Succulents don’t need to draw as much water from the soil as other plants because they store moisture in their leaves, so the roots can focus on drawing up nutrients from the soil rather than water. A…

2 min
spring… is in the air

1 CURATED NATURE You’ll love this easy wreath! The leaves and blooms are made with delicate crepe paper and attached to an embroidery hoop, with a gauzy layer of tulle fabric in the centre for a soft, dreamy effect. 2 BLOOM LOOMS Use picture frames, upholstery tacks and coon thread to create your own looms, then weave floating yarn blooms. The weaving techniques used in this project are basic, but the finished pieces are anything but. They look so impressive! All instructions on page 157 GOOD TO KNOW USE AN ARRAY OF FABRICS WITH THESE PROJECTS-THE MORE COLOUR THE BETTER! 3 YO-YO CUSHION There’s no such thing as too many cushions, especially when they’re this cute! You just piece, attach and quilt the yo-yos by hand. Cheering up your couch cushions is the perfect project to do…

1 min
better decorating

AWESOME AZALEAS Looking for a bedroom refresh this spring? Give wallpaper a whirl in a breezy colourway with white as the ground. Why? It will keep the room from feeling busy and overwhelming. Albany Azalea in Teal, wallpaperdirect.com/au. PRESSING MATTERS Wrinkles and creases in clothing are no more with the portable and lightweight Tefal IXEO All-in-One Iron and Steaming Solution, from $399*, harvey norman.com.au. For the love of cacti Celebrate the magic of arid plants (agave, yuccas and euphorbia) with planters featuring adaptations of exquisite watercolour illustrations. Royal Botanic Garden Arid Garden 16cm Planter Pot Cacti, $29.95, maxwellandwilliams.com.au. MINIMALLY FORGED Showcase collectibles in this sleek black iron unit — ideal for minimalist and industrial interiors. Fabien display unit 100W x 138H x 30cmD, $899.95, amalfihomewares.com.au. Native to the land If you have a love of native flora, this detailed…

2 min
in your garden

Garden Editor PLANT NOW In each issue we give ideas, tips and planting advice for cooler, warmer, wetter and drier areas in each zone, so ask at your local nursery which zone best matches your conditions. FLOWERS ALL ZONES Alyssum, amaranthus, begonia, cosmos, dahlia, marigold, nasturtium (top left), portulaca, verbena and zinnia. ZONES 1-3 Balsam, celosia, dianthus, gaillardia, petunia, phlox, sunflower and torenia. ZONES 4-6: Aster, Californian poppy, candytuft (bottom left), carnation, lobelia and snapdragon. VEGETABLES ALL ZONES Artichoke, asparagus, beans, beetroot, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, lettuce, potato, pumpkin, radish, shallot, squash, sweet potato, sweetcorn and tomato. ZONES 1-3: Okra (top left), taro and water chestnut. ZONES 4-6: Cucumber, garlic, onion, pak choy (bottom left), parsnip and turnip. SEASON SPECIALS Celebrate the extra sunshine with yellow flowers. BLAZE OF GOLD Make it a knockout with the tall, flowering stems of forsythia. CRACKLE AND POP Your straw flowers…