Julie Thomson

Julie Thomson

Garden wit and wisdom

Julie has written for metropolitan newspapers in Australia and the UK, worked in promotions and marketing, book publicity, event management and ABC television and radio publicity, but now gets down and dirty to dig out  and share gardening gems.

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Parenting

The care factor

Fostering children takes every ounce of love, energy and patience you can give — and more. It’s not for the faint-hearted. Until six years ago, I had not known anyone closely involved in…

Kerri & Kevin Keller

In the Garden

Plant it and weep

Every little breeze can make the sensitive sneeze. I have never thought of our garden as a tearjerker until a recent visit by a friend had her eyes streaming within minutes of walking through it. It…

Plant it and weep

In the Garden

Love blooms with intent

There’s more to a flower than just its scent. We can thank the stiff Victorians for the flower code we use to send love in blooms today. Their reserve back in 19th century England prevented…

Love blooms with intent

In the Garden

How to grow a native garden

A home among the gum trees is just one way of going native. Wild things may make your heart sing, but they won’t thrive without care or consideration in your garden. Successful native gardening goes b…

How to grow a native garden

In the Garden

Not pining for the real thing

Christmas and trees are really not a good mix, writes Julie Thomson. I thought having a real Christmas tree was as sacred as the feast itself – poor misguided me. So year-in, year-out we trudged…

Wollemi Pine

In the Garden

Tickled pink in the garden

Tough and tenacious sometimes tugs at gardening emotions more than the bold and beautiful. People often ask what pulled me into gardening – I cannot identify any seminal moment, rather a series of…

Tickled pink in the garden

Brisbane Extra

The secret world of the Brisbane Airport lost property office

Diamond rings, stuffed animals and prosthetic legs are just some of the surprising items that go on unsupervised journeys through the airport. There are between 20 and 40 items left every day at the…

The secret world of the Brisbane Airport lost property office

In the Garden

The whimsy of plant names

The pleasure of the Francisia bush comes in threes – three nicknames that is, writes Julie Thomson. Don’t you love the whimsy of plant names? The show-stopper in bloom at the moment, the lovely and…

The whimsy of plant names