Flanders Poppy

The bright red Flanders poppy, also known as ‘corn poppy’ or ‘field poppy’, is not just a symbol of remembrance, parts of it can be eaten. The flowers bring a bright cheerfulness to the garden, the seed heads can be used in floral arrangements and the plants self-seed, basically looking after themselves when conditions are right.

D.I.Y. Garden Trellis

On the first Friday of every month, instead of talking about plants, we will look at a simple DIY project that you can do around your home or garden. There are many types of garden plants that need to have something to climb up, and many more that can be encouraged to grow on aContinue reading “D.I.Y. Garden Trellis”


Warrigal Greens, Tetragonia tetragoniodes, also known as “New Zealand spinach”, is a frost-tender, short-lived, perennial vegetable. In our western Sydney location where winters can get below 0°C overnight, it tends to be herbaceous, meaning it dies down in winter and comes back in Spring. Sometimes that’s the old plant breaking dormancy, more often it’s aContinue reading “WARRIGAL GREENS”


What is that strange looking fruit? It looks like a little paper lantern! Here at Hillside, we call it ‘Cape Gooseberry’, but it is also know as ‘Peruvian Ground Cherry’, ‘Golden Berry’ or ‘Aztec Berry’. Sometimes, in USA, it is marketed as ‘Pichuberry’. It comes from South America, around Peru, Ecuador and Columbia. A lessContinue reading “CAPE GOOSEBERRY”