Gardening / Getting excited about perennials

Can anyone really get excited about new plants? Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT says he certainly can, especially with the incredible range of perennials.

Seeing social change through pages of ‘Vogue’

In its 60 years, “Vogue Australia” has been much more than just a glossy magazine guide to fashion – it’s been a barometer of social change, says arts editor HELEN MUSA in her preview of a new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

Some like it hot… or medium or mild

Some like it hot... medium or mild. Food reviewer WENDY JOHNSON files from Bateman's Bay.

Days of blossoms and new leaves 

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT is getting terribly excited about the extremely popular deciduous viburnums.

The political minefield of good manners in sport

"The stunning success of the Green Machine must be extremely galling for Barr, Berry and other ministers. For the sake of political appearances, they've presumably all felt the need to be seen to be supportive of the Raiders, all the while, one assumes, privately willing them to lose," writes JON STANHOPE.

Parliament House opens closed doors to visitors

Parliament House will open areas, which are normally not seen by the public, this October long weekend. 

Spare a thought for the tried and true

Sometimes, in a rush to grow newer, better-flowering or improved disease-resistance plants, we may overlook many of the tried and true varieties, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT

More to Rizla than just the (impressive) menu

"Rizla’s food is amazing, or 'ridiculously amazing' as one of our party pronounced. And everything on the compact but impressive menu looked interesting." WENDY JOHNSON is one very happy dining reviewer this week. 

Peonies, coming ready or not!

Peonies, pots, lawns and mulch catch the eye of gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT this week.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN sees the funny side of spring days.

Age is no limit to these gals when it comes to exercise

In an unusual but inspiring coincidence, seven members from Curves Weston celebrated huge milestones, with four turning 70, three turning 80 and one turning 90 this month.

New York gong for Lake George winemaker

Sarah McDougall, of Lake George Winery, has been named Owner-Operator of the Year at an Australian Women in Wine Awards event in New York.

Gungahlin’s little piece of Europe 

"At Le Bon Mélange, a beautiful French Patisserie in Gunghalin, you absolutely want to eat everything. And I mean absolutely everything," says dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Gardening / Camellias grow their rewards

The camellia family is one of the most rewarding of ornamental plants, says gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT. 

Channelling my inner-Mufasa’s circle of life 

"The 'circle-of-life' theme has helped us navigate the whole awkward discussion about death with our five-year-old. Thank you, Disney!" writes "Mummy" columnist KATE MEIKLE

Dust settles, ‘amazing’ Ostani emerges

"Ostani's amazing fit-out, by award-winning design studio, Capezio Copeland, is inspired by the Australian alpine landscape," writes food reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Wine / Steve knows how to make a big Barossa red

Steve Kurtz is a Barossa winemaker who knows how to make full-bodied wine. Wine writer RICHARD CALVER says his favourite is the 2016 Lunar Block shiraz, which is Steve's flagship wine.

Time for magnificent magnolias

Magnolias perform well in Canberra and now's the time to select these magnificent shrubs and trees in flower in garden centres, says CEDRIC BRYANT

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Can Steve Smith save the economy? Cartoonist PAUL DORIN thinks so!

Putting some science into hot chocolate

"Frugii has created butter chicken, seafood laksa, bacon and beer ice creams. One of creator John Marshall’s faves was salted duck egg yolk ice cream." Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON reports from a dessert laboratory in Braddon.

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