• Outdoor Living

    Garden Activities to Improve Wellbeing

    Engaging in your garden space, whether that is an outdoor area, an indoor area or just a pot or two, is an opportunity to improve your wellbeing. There are several reasons for this, ranging from physical exercise to mental flow. There are the benefits associated with connecting with nature from experiencing life beyond your own to breathing in fresh air. In short, there are physical, mental and emotional benefits to be gained from any version of gardening for all age groups and levels of skill. If you are new to gardening, start small. A garden is a journey of art and science. It is a wonderful on-going experiment into microclimates…

  • Outdoor Living

    What is Horticultural Therapy?

    Horticultural therapy is the use of plant-based skills and practices to improve the physical and mental health of participants. It provides opportunities to build physical strength, improve well-being and gain skills in gardening.  Traditionally, it has been used in health-care facilities to support the well-being of residents, however, the recognition of the benefits of horticultural therapy are becoming more widely known and its applications are growing to include an ever-widening group of applications. In Japan, forest bathing has been a well recognised treatment to restore well-being and find balance. Tasmania too offers opportunities for forest bathing where participants can immerse themselves in the natural world. Participants of forest bathing seek…

  • General

    Goals for 2021 – changes afoot!

    Although 2020 was a surprising year for the world, sometimes filled with grief and sorrow, but also governed by a fundamental appreciation of what used to be ‘normal’, for me, it was a year of growth. In one of my posts I discussed the value in investing in among other things, your skin and your education – and 2020 was a year I took new steps in both of these aspects. For my skin, and thanks to becoming an R+F consultant, I upgraded my skincare routine and reduced the plethora of products I was using to a simple few, high quality ones. I reduced and simplified my routines and make…

  • Outdoor Living

    Iris Envy

    Bearded irises rank up there among my favourite plants. They are beautiful, easy to propogate and easy to care for. They love a harsh sun and are resilient to changing conditions. Every year, they get bigger and better, and their vibrant flowers come in an enviable range of colours, colour combinations and sizes. Personally, I am a fan of the tall beared iris that stand about a metre high. Before flowering, the blue-grey leaves put on a lovely show, but when those buds start to burst open in spring – a glorious display will ensue. Irises do well in the ground or in pots. They have above ground rhizomes which…