My Garden Path – James Brincat – Fact Sheets – Gardening Australia

SERIES 31 | Episode 29

We meet James Brincat, who is Area Chief Ranger for Parks Victoria, looking after a number of sites on Wadawurrung, Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung Country: his remit includes Point Cook Coastal Park, Werribee River Park and Werribee Park, all about 30km south-west of Melbourne.

But it’s the 25 hectares of formally laid-out gardens, parkland and productive areas around Werribee Mansion that is where the horticulture happens and that’s what he loves.

The Victorian State Rose Garden is a major feature – the 5,000 roses are tended by a dedicated team of about 60-70 volunteers who come out each week to prune, weed and care for the plants – as well as meeting up and having a cuppa. “This place is one of the largest community hubs in Werribee,” James says. That is due in no small part to his open, friendly leadership.

James admits as a kid he had ADHD and this hyperactivity and lack of focus meant he got into some mischief. But he always loved plants and his family encouraged this. “Horticulture changed everything for me,” he says.

He studied horticulture after school and worked at Fitzroy Gardens, in charge of the hydrangeas. Next he moved to the Dandenong Ranges Gardens for what was to become Parks Victoria.

At the newly restored glasshouse at Werribee Park a new display has been installed that cleverly creates a tropical look using large-leafed non-tropical plants and ferns.

At Werribee Park he has fostered a number of community projects, launching a language-learning program for Karen refugees that evolved into a huge community-garden-style vegetable patch. It also led to a traineeship program that has given a positive direction to the lives of several young people in the area, including refugees. “I do love to pass on that horticultural knowledge to the next generation,” he says.

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Democrats focus on cutting off path to victory for Trump if presidency is thrown to House to decide

And, if successful in elevating Scholten, Biden’s trip could serve as a backstop for his own presidential bid.

A Scholten victory would likely give Democrats eight of Michigan’s 14 seats in the House, helping House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s newly stated goal of blocking Trump from a last-gasp effort to remain in the White House if he does not win the November election.

It’s all very complicated, but there is a remote chance that neither Trump nor Biden will be a clear winner in the electoral college.

In such a scenario, deciding the presidency falls to the House of Representatives, but in a rare twist mandated by the 12th Amendment after the contested 1800 election, each state’s delegation counts as one vote. So Montana and Alaska, with just one at-large representative, count the same as California with its 53 members and Texas with 36 members.

The victor must receive at least 26 votes, a clear majority. Trump, in recent days, has proclaimed he is ready to fight in courts if he should lose the race, and that he is ready to force the matter all the way to the House.

“I don’t want to go back to Congress, even though we have an advantage if we go back to Congress,” Trump told supporters at a rally Saturday in central Pennsylvania. “Does everyone understand that? I think it’s 26 to 22 or something.”

That is true — for now. Republicans have the delegation majority in 26 states, Democrats have 22 states, while Pennsylvania and Michigan are essentially tied. But, as Pelosi (D-Calif.) noted in a memo to her caucus Sunday, the new Congress sworn in the first week of January would cast those votes early next year ahead of the scheduled Jan. 20 inauguration.

With an already huge cash advantage over House Republicans, Pelosi has pleaded with her caucus and her donors to open their checkbooks to help flip those majorities to Democrats and cut off Trump’s path to a second term.

“What we hope to accomplish is to send a very clear message on Election Day to the president: There ain’t no light at [the end of] the tunnel for you in the House of Representatives,” Pelosi said Thursday at her weekly news conference. “That isn’t going to work. So don’t cause chaos because you think it will lead to a light at the end of the tunnel, because that light at the end of the tunnel in the House is going to be a train coming right at your plans.”

That message has landed in a select group of about 15 districts across six states, where already competitive races for the House now carry an even greater weight.

“The future of the presidency hangs in your race? No pressure there,” Scholten joked Thursday in a Zoom call with other Democratic candidates. “Right? We are certainly aware of the discussions around this.”

Michigan landed at an even seven-seven split after Democratic gains in the 2018 midterm elections. Then, Rep. Justin Amash

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‘The Apprentice’ Earned Trump $427 Million and Path to White House, NYT Says

(Bloomberg) — President Donald Trump earned $427 million from his role on the television show “The Apprentice,” and that program’s success also projected the false image of a successful real estate mogul, which eventually helped him win the White House, according to a new report by the New York Times.



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2018. Technical Sgt. John Chapman was posthumously awarded the medal for conspicuous gallantry, after being part of a joint special operations team that voluntarily returned to a snow-covered mountain peak in Afghanistan to rescue a stranded teammate when their helicopter had been shot down by al-Qaida forces in March 2002.


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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2018. Technical Sgt. John Chapman was posthumously awarded the medal for conspicuous gallantry, after being part of a joint special operations team that voluntarily returned to a snow-covered mountain peak in Afghanistan to rescue a stranded teammate when their helicopter had been shot down by al-Qaida forces in March 2002.

Trump earned $197 million directly from the “The Apprentice” over 16 years, plus an additional $230 million from the licensing deals, sponsorships and seminars that came with his elevated profile, according to a New York Times report that looked at more than 20 years of the President’s tax records.

The cash infusion rescued his personal finances that were struggling as losses mounted from his Atlantic City casinos. He used the proceeds from his reality television star fame to finance a shopping spree of golf resorts, but then those lost money too, the newspaper reported on Monday night.

The Times first reported on Sunday that Trump had avoided paying income taxes for several years thanks to aggressive tax deductions and millions of dollars in losses from his golf course and casino businesses to offset his tax bills, while presenting himself as a billionaire real estate magnate.

Some of Trump’s years hosting “The Apprentice” on NBC were among the few years he reported positive tax income, the Times report said. Over the years, he made so much he paid a total of $70.1 million in income taxes, which was later refunded after Trump used an aggressive accounting move to offset that income with losses from his casinos. That refund is now under audit at the Internal Revenue Service, the newspaper said.

Judd Deere, a White House spokesman, told the Times that the latest article was “yet another politically motivated hit piece full of inaccurate smears” appearing “before a presidential debate.”

(Corrects total amount earned in first paragraph.)

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My Garden Path – Will Salter – Fact Sheets – Gardening Australia

SERIES 31 | Episode 28

We meet garden and landscape photographer Will Salter, whose love of capturing both natural and beautifully designed spaces has sparked an interest in creating his own garden on Boon Wurrung Country.

His images often reflect the patterns in nature as well as more evocative landscape shots,

“Nature is my passion in both my life and my work,” Will says. “Many people don’t have a connection to nature but I hope, if I can capture it in an image, they will resonate with that.”

His love of photography started with a small Instamatic camera that he took with him when he spent a year as a jackaroo. He started a course in horticulture but transferred mid-way to photography.

For many years he worked as an adventure travel and overseas aid photographer. After starting a family and moving to Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, his focus turned to his immediate backyard instead. This led him to Musk Cottage, the home of garden designer Rick Eckersley. The pair became friends and Will says he has borrowed some visions and ideas from Rick’s garden and emulated them at home.

His current garden contains mature trees but the border plantings are only a year old; it is the third he has created and includes a mix of native and exotic plants.

Another designer he works with is Nadette Cuming, who created the Yalambie garden in Merricks.

Will’s number one tip for garden photography is to put the camera down and look around first, for sight lines and try to evoke a feeling.

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Spectator by Seema Goswami: Up the garden path – brunch columns

Dear readers, I have a confession to make. I have been unfaithful. Over the last few weeks, I have been cheating on my long-time love on a regular basis. And what’s worse is that I don’t feel the least bit guilty about it.

Well, partly, at least it is the fault of my long-time love, or as you may know it, Lodhi Garden. Once the lockdown was relaxed in Delhi and it was possible to go for a walk in its sylvan surroundings, I excitedly donned my sneakers and mask and headed out for my evening constitutional.

Suffice to say that it didn’t go well. Even though I went in the late afternoon, when the park is usually relatively empty, this time around it was teeming with people. I may have made my peace with that if it hadn’t been for the fact that about 50 per cent of these people were not wearing masks (or had them dangling from their ears or draped around their necks). So, I spent all my time gesturing to them to put their masks on properly, or asking them to do so in my most polite tones. Of course, nobody paid the least attention.

So, after a traumatic 45 minutes of this, I finally gave up the good fight and headed back home, convinced that I had contracted Covid because of my love for Lodhi Garden.

Two weeks on, it was clear that I hadn’t been infected with anything other than a searing distaste for repeating that experience. That’s when I turned my lusty gaze to another beauty that had been hovering on my horizon for a while. I speak, of course, of Sunder Nursery.

What a luxury it is in these times to have the breeze waft gently against your naked face and have the sun kiss your entire visage

Sprawling across 90 acres and boasting of manicured lawns, wild woodland areas, sparkling water bodies, effervescent fountains, and historic monuments, this green wonderland had been sending out its siren call to me with every picture I saw on Instagram. So, I finally gave in to temptation and headed there one evening.

Would you consider me a promiscuous so-and-so if I say that it was love at first sight? Would you judge me if I said that the wonder that is Sunder Nursery drove the amazing beauty of Lodhi Garden right out of my mind? Would you call me a faithless lover because I switched allegiance in the course of one evening?

Well, never mind, I will take the name calling in my stride. And that’s because the stunning splendour of my new love more than makes it worth my while.

For one thing, there’s the fact that the gardens are blissfully empty compared to crowded pathways of Lodhi Garden (the entrance fee may have something to do with it). There are vast, empty stretches where you don’t see another human being for ages. So, it’s perfectly safe to remove your mask for a

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Creating a Beautiful Garden Path

A garden just begs to be explored, and a garden path allows the visitor to do just that. Paths are inviting and lead the visitor throughout the garden, allowing them to see all the beautiful plants and colors. Creating a path through your yard or garden adds to the landscape and helps you direct traffic the way you want. Garden paths don't have to lead through a beautiful floral garden. You can add them to any area of ​​your yard.

Maybe you have noticed a natural path through the grass in your own yard. Maybe it is the best route from the front yard to the back, or the swing set to the sandbox. Whatever the reason, many of us find worn areas in our grass where people and pets tend to walk on a regular basis. These would be perfect places for a path.

So how do you make a garden path? It really isn't that hard and you can complete one in an afternoon or a weekend. The time it takes will depend on the materials you choose to use and how large the path will be.

Garden paths can be made out of a wide variety of materials. However, for any type of garden path you will need to prepare the area. If you are only planning on foot traffic, you will need to dig the path area down about two to four inches for the base material. If you want to be able to drive vehicles on it, you will need to dig deeper, about six or more inches. Make sure the path bed is firm and level. Then add a layer of sand for the base.

For many path materials such as brick pavers or stone, the sand will make a perfect base. If you choose to lay cement you may need additional preparation. For a path made of pavers, you will lay the paving bricks on top of the sand base in any pattern you choose. When the path is completely laid out, cover it with fine sand. Using a broom, sweep the sand into the cracks between the pavers. Water it in and tamp it down with the end of the broom. Continue this practice until the cracks are completely filled in. The sand and water mixture will harden almost like mortar creating a beautiful finish.

The sand filling will last for years in the pavers. However you may have some issues with weeds. Weeds that grow between the paving stones are very easy to remove by hand, or you may wish to keep them sprayed with weed killer. After a few years you will want to add more sand as needed.

A great way to create a path through a vegetable garden or play area is with gravel or bark. Dig your path the same way you would for a paved path, but add some type of edging along the sides. Plastic or wood garden edging works well. Then add pea gravel …

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