Live: Late Summer Dahlias and Tips for Growing Beautiful Blooms

Our ELE garden is currently awash with the beautiful brightness of Dahlias. These lovely flowers come in a variety of colours and sizes and we have found they are relatively easy to grow if you follow a few simple tips – plant dahlia tubers after the last winter frost in a sunny, protected spot (at…

Escape: Winter Sun in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is one of our favourite stopover destinations and in the middle of winter it makes the perfect place to soak up some winter sun before heading East. We love the beautiful light at this time of year, the warm sunny days and cooler nights which are perfect for shopping and sightseeing. The sunsets…

Live: Mid – Summer Roses

A second flourish of roses has just started blooming in the ELE summer garden. The beautiful peach, apricot and pale pink blooms are filling the garden with the most beautiful scent and colour. We find that a light prune of rose bushes throughout summer and constant deadheading will ensure you get beautiful flowers all through…

Eat: Scrambled Eggs with Thyme Flowers

There is something so comforting and wholesome about scrambled eggs on toast that makes it the perfect, simple dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Everyone has a favourite way to scramble eggs but ours is very simple – we like to cook the eggs on a lower heat, stirring regularly and always adding a generous…

Escape: Summer in Australia

Summer is well and truly in full swing in Australia. Lazy afternoons swimming in the ocean, warm nights dining al fresco and endless days with no work or school are perfect to recover after a hectic festive season. Wherever you are in the world, in the hot Southern Hemisphere or the cool north, we hope…

Live: Peony and Rose Season

Is there anything better than the end of Spring when everything is in bloom, peony season is in full swing and the first of the summer roses have started to make an appearance. We love to fill our home with vases of blooms picked fresh from the garden. This year our David Austin roses have…

Live: Beautiful Rhododendrons

Spring in temperate to cool climate areas of Australia means a plethora of magnificent rhododendrons. These beautiful flowering plants grow best in dappled sunlight in well drained soil. Protection from very hot sun, particularly in summer, is important. With so many varieties and colours to choose from they are a beautiful addition to any garden.

Live: Mid-Spring Blooms

It is the middle of Spring here in Australia and there are blossoms and blooms everywhere you look. From magnolia to pear blossom and everything in between the beauty of this season is impossible to miss.

Eat: Seared Sesame Tuna, Edamame and Avocado Salad

This very simple salad is packed full of delicious ingredients that are good for you and taste great. Ingredients 1 fresh tuna fillet 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds 1/2 an avocado, sliced 1/2 a cup of edamame beans, blanched 1 cup of baby rocket leaves 1 tablespoon of peanut oil Dressing 1 dessert spoon of…

Live: Spring Beach Flowers, Australia

We love this time of year in the south of Australia, it is still cool enough for the beaches to be deserted but sunshine and an abundance of spring flowers make it one of the prettiest times to be by the sea. The photos below were taken along the coast in the south-west of Victoria,…

Eat: Soft Boiled Eggs with Toasted Sesame Seeds, Thyme and Sea Salt

 Is there anything more simple and delicious than a perfectly cooked soft-boiled egg? We love to top ours with toasted sesame seeds and fresh herbs. Cook eggs in boiling water for about 6 minutes and 15 seconds for a perfectly cooked egg. Peel the eggs, halve and top with thyme, sesame seeds and sea salt….

Live: Early Spring Flowers

It is the first week of spring in Australia and everywhere you look there are signs of new life. We love the beautiful blooms at this time of year – cherry blossoms, daffodils and Australia wattle are brightening up the bare winter landscape. Wherever you are we hope you are enjoying the new season.