The Garden Party

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Clare and Colan transformed a barren patch of ground into a gorgeous garden. Here are our gardening tips and everything we learned along the way.

Episode Date
Vainglory: Pride cometh before the fall?

Clare&Colan consider another of the seven deadly sins. Are we vain? Find out if we are! Plus there's our plant of the week and our word of the week. 

Aug 14, 2022
Wrath. Vengeance will be ours, maybe

From the Wrath of God to the Wrath of Khan, Clare&Colan investigate anger. With our plant of the week (anger inducing for good reason) and our angry word of the week.

Aug 07, 2022
Sloth. When Is languid just lazy?

Clare&Colan continue their exploration of the seven deadly sins. This week, we're reclaiming sloth! We discuss sloths (of course), sloth moths, corpse flowers and opportunities missed (or not) whilst asleep. 

Jul 31, 2022
Greed is good? Plant hunters, downfalls and just desserts...without dinner

Clare&Colan continue their travels through the seven deadly sins. Plus our (very expensive) plant of the week and our (unexpected) word of the week.

Jul 25, 2022
Minipod: post-solstice shenanigans

Wherever you are on this earth, the weather is as bad as world politics. Care&Colan discuss.

Jul 17, 2022
Let's talk about lust

Clare&Colan have a frank discussion about what they desire (or don't!).

Jul 11, 2022
The Garden Party Soirée: What gets on our goat

It's time to be intensely annoyed! Clare&Colan have a full and frank conversation about what gets on their goat. Plus there's our plant of the week and our word of the week.

Jun 19, 2022
Gardens of fiction...or fact!?

Clare&Colan travel to distant shores to discuss fictional gardens they love and ponder if the writers were gardeners...or not. Plus there's our plant of the week, word of the week and general warbling on life and the garden.

Jun 12, 2022
Wild at heart!

Are you a meticulous gardener or happy to let go a little. Clare&Colan discuss learning to embrace the weeds and taking risks in the garden (and life).

Jun 06, 2022
Minipod: Seasonal shenanigans
Clare&Colan get out in the garden to discuss what they have been doing and what we should be doing!
May 29, 2022
Clare&Colan recommend and celebrate!
It's our 100th episode. Hurrah! Join Clare&Colan as we discuss what we are reading and watching, and what we are loving in the garden.
May 22, 2022
The one where Clare&Colan got Covid
We made it through the first two years of the pandemic virus-free but all good things must come to an end. Clare&Colan reflect on their Covid experiences. Will there be an epiphany? 
May 15, 2022
The Gauntlet is down! Garden and life challenges

How do you handle tricky situations? Do you accept, change or challenge? Clare&Colan throw down the gauntlet and share their approaches in life and in the garden. Plus there's our plant and word of the week! 

May 02, 2022
Enough with the bespoke!
Clare&Colan take a trip to Savile Row and Rue de la Paix in search of some beautfully fitted fashion. We discuss what could constitute bespoke in the garden and reveal our plant of the week and our word of the week. 
Apr 25, 2022
Flag-flying fleurs

From the Ukraine to Argentina, Clare&Colan traverse the globe in search of some very special flowers. From the fabulous to the fetid, join us as we dicuss national flowers. 

Apr 17, 2022
Clare&Colan recommend: our top 10 Dahlia

Nothing delights Clare&Colan more than the floral magificence of Dahlia. We list our favourites and give tips for planting and storing.

Apr 10, 2022
Not in Kansas anymore: but it is windy

As the wind comes sweeping down the road, Clare&Colan, separated by a certain virus, have some fascinating facts about famous winds (yes, there are famous winds) and how wind affects our mental state and our gardens.

Apr 04, 2022
Minipod: Life's too short – transplanting

When to move plants, how to move plants and how to look after your transplants. Clare&Colan discuss everything you need to know about transplanting.

Mar 27, 2022
The Garden Party soirée: what we love now

Clare&Colan are walking on sunshine as the rain takes a break and we can see our gardens free of rain and mist. So what better time to pop a cork and talk about the things we love.

Mar 21, 2022
Are you hot or cold? How climate affects us and our plants

Clare has been to the hottest place on earth and Colan hopes to go to the coldest. Join us as we talk about our experiences living in all kinds of climates. And there's our plant of the week, our word of the week and what you should be doing in your garden right now.

Mar 17, 2022
Size does matter! How to multi-layer your garden even in the smallest space

There's room for a tree even in the smallest space. Clare&Colan discuss the art of layering plus there's our plant of the week, our word of the week and a funny (we think!) conversation about a vertically-challenged life.

Mar 06, 2022
Click go the shears: taming topiary

Balls! Cones! Spirals! Animals!l Topiary can bring drama and whimsy to your garden. Clare&Colan get our their shears for a deep dive into the art of clipping and shaping your plants, with a foray into some memorable chops and lops of their own.

Feb 27, 2022
How soon is now? Early and late bloomers

Early and late bloomers are just the fillip your garden needs to get through the transition to a new season. Clare&Colan discuss their faves and their own experiences as late and early bloomers. Plus we have our plant of the week and our word of the week.

Feb 21, 2022
A house is not a home: Belonging

Clare&Colan contemplate putting down roots and what it means to call somewhere or someplace home. Plus join us to learn about our plant of the week, our word of the week and our garden tips and tricks.

Feb 16, 2022
I didn't see that coming! Infamous turnarounds
It's a brand new season and Clare&Colan discuss sudden changes in history and their lives. Plus we have a plant of the week, a word of the week, and plenty of tips for your garden.
Feb 06, 2022
Good riddance 2021: the post-holiday soirée

It's a super-sized soirée as Clare&Colan discuss the big issues of the day, what they watched and read while on holiday, what's flowering in their gardens, and the projects they are planning for 2022.

Jan 31, 2022
Minipod: Get out in the garden!

Clare&Colan discuss how to discard those mid-season doldrums and get back out in your garden.

Jan 23, 2022
Clare&Colan Recommend: Flowers we love

There's nothing like flower power to lift the spirits. Clare&Colan recommend their favourite flowering annuals, perennials and shrubs.

Jan 14, 2022
Minipod: surviving January

Whether it's the height of summer or the dead of winter where you are, Clare&Colan have some tips to keep your gardens (and spirits) from flagging.

Jan 09, 2022
Minipod: Resolutions with resolve!

It's 2022! Happy New Year! Tune in to find out Clare&Colan's New Year's resolutions.

Jan 03, 2022
The Garden Party Soirée: 2021 Retrospective

Join Clare&Colan for a glass of bubbly as we look back at the year that was 2021.

Dec 28, 2021
Strike a pose! What's hot in the garden right now

Flowers with attitude, plants that are in the mood. Clare&Colan discuss what's currently in vogue in their summer gardens.

Dec 20, 2021
Clare&Colan Recommend! Part 2

Need some Christmas inspiration? Clare&Colan talk about the gardening shows, books and paraphernalia they love.

Dec 13, 2021
Clare&Colan recommend!

It's raining, it's pouring so if like Clare&Colan you are stuck indoors, we recommend books and movies that make us laugh and cry.

Dec 06, 2021
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Clare&Colan do Christmas! in this festive episode we discuss how to have a very merry time with your flowers and foliage.

Nov 29, 2021
Ultimate spring showdown!

As summer approaches, Clare&Colan look back on the highlights (and some lowlights) of their spring gardens

Nov 23, 2021
Escándalo! Stories from the world of roses and other plants to make you blush, cry and laugh

Clare&Colan love a good scandal and we especially love a scandal of the flowering kind. From the White House to Buckingham Palace, we discuss flowers and plants that have raised eyebrows and blood pressure.

Nov 15, 2021
No-one likes Daphne: smell, scent and perfume

Is there anything more evocative or nostalgic than the scent of jasmine wafting through the air, or the perfume of roses on a summer day? Clare&Colan discuss their favourite and not-so-favourite fragrances.

Nov 08, 2021
Keep growing! The evolution of a gardener

Gardeners mature and change - just like their gardens. Clare&Colan track their own evolution as gardeners and offer some advice for other gardeners, no matter where they are on that garden path.

Nov 01, 2021
Breaking up is hard to do: moving yourself and your garden from one season to the next

It's not easy saying goodbye (especially to our tulips), but seasons come and go and we must move. Clare&Colan discuss how to plant for that tricky time when one season fades and another looms.

Oct 25, 2021
Pigeons are not okay! Wildlife in the garden

Clare&Colan are back together after lockdown to discuss bird battles, insect incursions, munching molluscs, a possum that forgot she was nocturnal, and how to live harmoniously with various beasties.

Oct 17, 2021
Calm Ya Farm! Hanami, the art of viewing spring trees that blossom

The cherry blossoms are spectacular this year. Clare&Colan watch the pink petals flutter on the breeze and discuss their favourite spring flowering trees.

Oct 11, 2021
I hate summer! Seasons that uplift and agitate

Everyone loves summer, right? Wrong! Clare&Colan discuss their favourite (and not-so-favourite) seasons, in the garden and in life, and how that has changed over time.

Oct 05, 2021
MiniPod: You say Calendula, I say outdoor furniture

Clare&Colan choose their favourite things to make spring swing!

Sep 26, 2021
Spring Showdown! Triumphant Tulipa

Our tulips are emerging! Clare&Colan tip toe through the tulips to assess the best in show so far.

Sep 20, 2021
Mini-pod: Spring showdown! Battle of the debut daffodil

One of the joys of early spring is the sight of daffodils swaying in the breeze. Clare&Colan take a wander through their gardens to assess best in show.

Sep 12, 2021
TGP soirée: Stormy weather! Living with, loving and loathing weather around the globe

From Australia to the UK to Hong Kong and New York , Clare&Colan trot around the world to places they have lived. Join us as we discuss the impact the weather has had on our lives and gardens.

Sep 06, 2021
I can't do it, so stop telling me I should! Rebellion in the garden

It's all too easy in this Instagram-perfect word to have unrealistic expectations for yourself and your garden. Clare&Colan discover their inner rebels.

Aug 29, 2021
Just desserts: I told you so

There are some things you must pay attention to if you want to be a successful gardener. Ignore them at your own peril, advise Clare&Colan.

Aug 22, 2021
Are you a maximalist or a minimalist?

Clare &Colan debate when too little is too little and too much is not enough!

Aug 15, 2021
I can't stand you anymore! Plants we love to hate

From forlorn flowers to preposterous petals, here are the plants Clare&Colan find displeasing – and why.

Aug 08, 2021
"Off with their Heads!" Breaking the rules

Inspired by the Queen of Hearts in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Clare&Colan go down the rabbit hole to explore garden rules made to be broken.

Aug 01, 2021
Rats! When things go wrong and how to make it right

Rodents are raiding our garden! Terrorising our tulips, consuming our kale, pillaging our pots. Find out how Clare&Colan are coping with the rat invasion and how they plan to protect their plants.

Jul 25, 2021
Lovely Lilium

It's time to order Lilium bulbs! Find our what Clare&Colan ordered and why, and how to plant and grow your Liliums. There's something for all the lily lovers out there plus we discuss what we are doing and how we are coping in lockdown - apart from buying (many) bulbs!

Jul 18, 2021
Here we go again: back in lockdown, still gardening

In our part of the world, the Delta variant of Covid-19 has taken hold and we have stay at home orders. So what is giving Clare&Colan solace? Gardening of course.

Jul 11, 2021
V is for vege: the sequel

Clare&Colan look back at their vegetable gardening endeavours. What triumphed, what flopped, and why. And we look ahead to our winter vegetable garden.

Jun 20, 2021
Trees please!

All about trees. How to choose a tree. Deciduous vs evergreen. How to plant a tree. How to look after your trees. And a few of Colan&Clare's favourite trees!

Jun 14, 2021
So uncool, it's cool: fashion, gardens and us!

Clare&Colan have a thing for things that are not always seen as de rigeur. And this episode we mix it up a little with fashion and other flavours added into our gardening mix.

May 24, 2021
Gardening post lockdown

As we emerge from pandemic lockdowns, Clare&Colan look back at how gardening became an important part of many people's lockdown lives. But will it stick?

Apr 26, 2021
More of our favourite gardeners

Britain's favourite gardener, a Japanese plant hunter, a pioneering woman who destroyed her own garden, an American plant collector who transformed a windswept site. Colan&Clare discuss some of their favourite gardeners.


Apr 05, 2021
The battle of the bulbs

It's an idiosyncratic 'she bought, he bought' journey through Clare&Colan's selection and purchase of spring-flowering bulbs

Mar 14, 2021
Gardening from scratch

A blank canvas can be exciting but also a tad daunting. Clare&Colan discuss the steps you need to take to transform a barren patch of land into a glorious garden.

Mar 07, 2021
Weed warfare!

What are they, which ones should I remove, how do I keep them from coming back, can I munch on them and should I learn to love them? Clare&Colan answer all your questions about weeds.

Feb 13, 2021
Native vs Exotic: The great divide!

Clare&Colan unite to bring down the great divide between exotic and native gardens and those who garden in them.

Feb 13, 2021
Au revoir 2020 – a retrospective: The Garden Party Soirée

We began the year shrouded in ash and surrounded by fire. We ended the year with gale-force winds and unrelenting rain. Clare&Colan follow the seasons as they look back at the triumphs and tribulations in their gardens in the challenging year that was 2020.

Dec 20, 2020
Herbs for vigour and vim!

Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. They are said to ward off evil spirits, heal the body and soothe soul. And of course herbs are perfect companions in the the kitchen. Clare&Colan take a trip through their herb garden, with fascinating facts and tips on how to grow your favourite herbs.

Nov 29, 2020
Baby it's warm outside: Bringing the inside outside

It's been a while since Clare&Colan have experienced the crunch of frost underfoot, and so, as the temperature rises, we decided it was time to give our indoor plants a little summer holiday. Listen as we discuss how best to bring the inside outside.

Nov 20, 2020
Perfect pots for sultry days and summer soirées

Clare&Colan love nothing more than an container overflowing with flowers and foliage. We share a few of our favourite floral combinations and discuss how to compose your own summer stunners.

Nov 06, 2020
Gardening conundrums solved

Clare&Colan to the rescue as they answer frequently asked gardening questions. What type of soil do I have? What should I plant in my garden? Where should I plant? How often should I water my plants? How do I keep my plants healthy? Should I use pesticides and is there an alternative?

Oct 25, 2020
Shady characters! Gardening on the dark side

Shade is often seen as a problem for gardeners, but Clare&Colan love to garden on the dark side. Here are our tips for how to grow a beautiful garden in the shade, plus some of our favourite shade-loving plants.

Oct 11, 2020
How to grow roses

Clare&Colan discuss how to select, plant and grow these classic blooms, and take wander though their own gardens to discuss their favourite roses.

Sep 26, 2020
Delightfully decadent Dahlia!

Some of them have flowers the size of a dinner plates, others reach the giddy heights of supermodels, and they all come in an astounding array of colours. Clare&Colan discuss all you need to know about dazzling Dahlia.

Sep 07, 2020
A few of our favourite gardeners: The Garden Party Soirée

Clare&Colan discuss a few of their favourite gardeners, their inspirations and ethos, and the gardens they created. Take a tour through the gardens of Audrey Hepburn, Bunny Mellon, Margery Fish, Beth Chatto and Dan Pearson.

Aug 23, 2020
All about climbing plants

They twine, ramble, creep and cling (in a good way) their way up walls, trees and pergolas. From bougainvillea to wisteria, Clare&Colan wend their way through the many spectacular climbers, with tips on how to grow and train your favourite climbers.

Aug 01, 2020
Gardening in a changing climate

Our climate will change more in the next 50 years than it has in the past 6,000 years. Even though Clare&Colan live in the ideal 'climate niche' for human habitation, we are still having to rethink the way we garden. Here's our tips for keeping your garden alive and thriving.

Jul 19, 2020
Bringing up Begonia

With fabulous foliage and blooms of all colours and sizes, there is a Begonia for everyone. Clare&Colan discuss the history of begonias, different types of begonias, how to grow them and a scandalous slighting of the beloved Begonia.

Jul 04, 2020
How to grow a meadow

If wild and romantic is your style, then a meadow could be the perfect escape (with an optional G&T). Clare&Colan discuss how to transform your lawn into a meadow or grow one from scratch with seeds. If you are short on space then your meadow dreams could come true on a smaller scale with a wildflower border.

Jun 19, 2020
A few of our favourite plants

The mighty hornbeam with its corrugated acid green leaves, the fatsia that brings a tropical flavour to our cool climate garden, a collarette dahlia that came back from the dead, these are just a few of Clare&Colan's favourite plants.

Jun 12, 2020
MiniPod: Pretty as a peony

An ephemeral beauty, the peony has been compared to a rose and...a cabbage. Clare&Colan discuss its ancient and sometimes tragic history, with tips on how best to plant and take care of your peony.

Jun 05, 2020
MiniPod: Top 5 powerfully perfumed shrubs

These five shrubs are Clare&Colan's favourites to bring delicate flowers and heavenly scents to your winter garden.

May 22, 2020
V for Vege: Part 4

Clare&Colan discuss the different techniques for sowing vegetable seeds with tips to ensure they germinate.

Apr 21, 2020
V for Vege: Part 3

It all depends on what you like and where you live! Whether you live in the northern hemisphere or south of the equator like Clare&Colan, we recommend what vegetables you could be growing and when.

Apr 21, 2020
V for Vege: Part 2

If you want to be a successful vege gardener (and who doesn't!), before you plant your vegetables you need to find a sunny spot with some good soil. Clare&Colan share some tips and tricks.


Apr 21, 2020
V for Vege: Part 1

You can grow vegetables in garden beds, in containers on your deck, on your window sill, even up your walls. Clare&Colan share their advice on how to get started, no matter where your live.

Apr 21, 2020
Popping Nature’s Pill!

Clare&Colan discuss 10 reasons why gardening is good for your mental health.

Feb 24, 2020
Come cavort in my shrubbery

Clare&Colan recently planted some English box in the garden to provide architecture and backbone in a bed filled with ephemeral plants. With the addition of some more exotic shrubs we created our very own shrubbery. Jane Austen would be proud! Find out what we did and tips for creating your own shrubbery.

Feb 10, 2020
Tragedy! Garden disasters

From floppy flowers to sad shrubs to distressed trees, Clare&Colan discuss what to do when things don't go as planned in your garden.

Feb 03, 2020
Potted Perfection

Everything you need to know about container gardening. Tips on how to choose pots and how to position, plant, water, fertilise and design your containers to create potted perfection.

Jan 11, 2020
Gardening with water restrictions

Where we live, level 2 water restrictions are about to come into force. This means private gardeners can only water before 10am and after 4 pm with a watering can or a bucket. No hoses allowed (unless you have an exemption)! So the question is, especially given the prospect of a long, hot summer: How do I keep my garden alive. Listen in for our tips and tricks.

Dec 07, 2019
How to use colour in your garden

Whether you prefer a riot of colour or a more subdued palette, Clare&Colan discuss everything you need to know about applying colour theory to your garden. We discuss the master of colour, Monet, and his beloved garden. We take a trip through other famous gardens that use colour to brilliant effect. And finally we return to our own gardens to discuss how we use colour and what we've learnt along the way.

Nov 07, 2019
Spring Garden Extravaganza

Spring is here! Let the cavalcade of colour begin! We take a trip through our spring gardens as lime green leaves of hornbeams unfurl, pastel tulips shimmer, pale yellow daffodils sway in the breeze, and rose-coloured clematis climb towards the sun. We wander among the crocus, wallflowers, anemone, fritillary, ranunculus, aconite, euphorbia and violas. It's a joy to be in a spring garden. Well, except for the battle with the rapacious rats residing under the deck. Join us for all this plus seasonal advice on what to do in your garden this spring.

Oct 10, 2019
Fictional gardens we love: The Garden Party Soirée

From the “slaughterous red, luscious and fantastic” rhododendrons of Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca to Beatrix Potter’s perilous kitchen garden to George Eliot’s hot house flowers to the festooned Deep South of Laura Child’s Tea Shop Mysteries, we explore some of our favourite fictional gardens.


Aug 19, 2019
Indoor Plants Part 2: How to grow indoor plants

Where should you put your indoor plants? How much light do they need? How much water? When should you fertilise them? We answer all the common questions about how to grow beautiful, healthy indoor plants. We recommend plants that you pretty much cannot kill, Instagram ready favourites and the plants that we love to grow.

Jul 04, 2019
Indoor Plants Part 1: A short history

From window taxes, to glasshouses, to fern-mad Victorians, we explore the history of indoor plants.

Jul 04, 2019
Plant special: roses

There is no other flower on our planet that is as evocative and as celebrated as the rose. Join us for a brief history of the genus Rosa, or skip straight to 28 mins to learn how to grow roses.

Jun 10, 2019
When and how to prune your plants

Why we prune, the four golden rules of pruning and specific tips for pruning roses, hydrangeas and hedges.

May 31, 2019
How to grow plants from seeds and cuttings

Let’s propagate! There is nothing like watching a seedling push through the soil or popping a cutting in the ground and seeing it grow. It takes some preparation and practice, but once you know how you’ll be thrilled with the results. Here is everything you need to know about the art and science of propagation.

May 16, 2019
The Garden Party Mini-Pod: Growing winter vegetables

Wondering about winter vegetables? Here’s our best tips from our radio show to keep your vegetable garden thriving over the colder months. Because who doesn’t need a hearty vegetable soup or a zesty stir-fry to lift the spirits? Join us each Sunday streaming live from noon (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on Radio Blue Mountains 89.1 FM.

May 01, 2019
Plant special: poppies

Colourful, emotive and sometimes illegal, poppies have long been an inspiration for artists and poets. We unearth the facts behind the folklore and discuss how to bring a little poppy panache to your garden.

Apr 24, 2019
Plants, place and memory: The Garden Party Soirée

Music may conjure up great memories of a time and a place, but so can plants. From the bougainvillea and wisteria-festooned patios of Clare’s childhood to the begonias and roses of Colan’s past and present, we remember the plants that have marked a time and place in our lives. Co-starring chainsaw-wielding dads, very bad neighbours and drunken kangaroos.


Mar 30, 2019