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Top 10 Dogs

...including breathing difficulties and eyes that tend to pop out. Number 7: Beagle These lovely little dogs have placid temperaments and are safe with the kids. They can be a little stubborn in training, but they adore their food and will usually perform well if food is offered as a reward! They are also inclined to wander, and many Beagles find an open gate irresistible! Number 8: Poodle Poodles are real little characters. They love playing, they’... read more

Foxhounds

...s. Appearance: To the layman, the Foxhound is just a taller version of the Beagle, smooth-coated, with drop ears and available in the same range of colours: black, white, tan and their combinations. Beagles are small to medium dogs reaching about 40cm (16″), the Foxhound stands 58-64cm (23-25″) and has a flatter skull and sharper features. Temperament: Foxhounds are said to be typical hounds: active, friendly, outgoing, craving company but once on... read more

Sick Lawn in Spring

...ise, water and mow correctly the lawn will grow strongly and outcompete most of the weeds. Further information For full details on lawn care, don’t miss Don’s lawn guide, a free 24-page zipout in the October edition of the Burke’s Backyard Magazine. The magazine is available at newsagents and supermarkets for $5.20.... read more

Mosaic Tray

...(see the template in the September issue of the Burke’s Backyard magazine, page 104), from a source book or from your imagination. It’s a good idea to tackle a simple design for your first project, and as you gain confidence and experience, work with more complex designs. Materials wooden craft frame, ours measured 35cm (14″) x 55cm (22″) ceramic tiles – assorted colours and sizes, but preferably the same thickness. Ask for cheap or free damaged o... read more

Herbaceous Peonies

...th buds. Further reading The Gardener’s Guide to Growing Peonies by Martin Page (Florilegium, $39.95). ISBN 0-9586498-7-1. Availability Peonies are planted in autumn and winter and are available from many nurseries at this time in the cooler parts of the country. Plants are also sold as potted specimens throughout the year. Try the following nurseries for a range of peonies. ACT: The Heritage Nursery Banks St, Weston Park, Yarralumla, 2600 Phone:... read more

Clown Fish: Nemo Roadtest

...hinwalla, President of the Marine Aquarium Society of Australia. For more information on Clown fish, log onto the Society’s web page at; www.masa.asn.au/nemo.... read more

...ety names used in bird breeding clubs etc. Simple, easy to understand and remember. Maybe a mix of names such as dilute, pastel, pied, albino, white, mottled (for the age-related fading), and brown. Then everyone will be on the same page. Then, we would be free to enjoy the simple pleasures of observing and breeding birds much more easily. To see more of Lesa’s photos visit Lesa April Photography: https://m.facebook.com/Lesa-April-photography-1052... read more

Building a Wine Rack

...Western Jarrah’.) Allow to dry thoroughly. Using spray adhesive, stick the page of letters to some 3mm MDF. Cut the letters out using a jigsaw, and then peel the paper off. Paint the letters with acrylic paint. When dry, lay the letters out and stick them down with PVA glue. Finally, give the whole wine rack a coat of varnish, such as Wattle Estapol Gloss. Cost and availability 19mm x 290mm maple for end pieces, $29.90 per metre 42mm x42mm maple f... read more

Burke’s Backyard in England – Leeds Castle

...or English cottage garden was built around 1978-79 and designed by Russell Page. It has brick paving and neat box hedges enclosing beds filled with colourful perennials and fragrant annuals, such as roses, iris, lavender, pinks, poppies, lupins and granny’s bonnets. The Culpeper Garden houses collections of catmint (Nepeta sp.) and bergamot (Monarda sp.), reflecting the Culpeper family history and their ancestor, herbalist Nicholas Culpeper. Don s... read more

Bushfire Tips

...at: www.bushfire.nsw.gov.au/communityfiresafety/bushfirechecklist.htm This page includes advice on preparation, equipment, evacuation and what to do when the fire approaches. For more information about bushfire safety contact your local Fire Control Centre, your local Fire Brigade, or phone the NSW RFS Information Line (1 800 654 443). Bushfire contacts Victoria – Country Fire Association Web: www.cfa.vic.gov.au Phone: (03) 9262 8444 SA Country Fi... read more

Don’s French Provincial Garden

...Navajo Bright Red’, angel daisy, seaside daisy and pineapple sage (and see page 46 for more details on the cottage plants used in this makeover). The bed on the right side of the garden was planted out with a row of Viburnum odoratissimum, a mandarin tree, and a selection of fragrant David Austin roses. A small garden bed about 400mm wide surrounds the circular part of the pathway, and this was planted with the silvery-grey hedging plant, bush ger... read more

Leeds Castle

...or English cottage garden was built around 1978-79 and designed by Russell Page. It has brick paving and neat box hedges enclosing beds filled with colourful perennials and fragrant annuals, such as roses, iris, lavender, pinks, poppies, lupins and granny’s bonnets. The Culpeper Garden houses collections of catmint (Nepeta sp.) and bergamot (Monarda sp.), reflecting the Culpeper family history and their ancestor, herbalist Nicholas Culpeper. Don s... read more