It’s hard to believe how many garden centres there are in Sydney, especially when you start taking notice of them. The sneaky Four Seasons Plant Bug Garden Centre in Mt Colah is a small centre, but sells the essentials. You can’t escape the well-stocked gift shop (even I picked up a few gifts here) and the cutely named Ladybird Cafe out the back. It’s a hot day when I visit and temperatures in northwest Sydney are well into the mid 30s. This is important to note, as the café is semi open, with only some fans to make a sweaty situation more comfortable. We made the most of the casual and unhurried atmosphere and strategically positioned ourselves between the fans. The small scones looked like mini bread rolls and are brought in from an outside bakery. The jam is an average strawberry and the cream so light that it dissolves quickly in the humidity. My biggest gripe is that there isn’t enough jam and cream for both scones, and although I didn’t ask for any extra, I am sure the friendly staff would be happy to oblige.
Tea: A selection of Project T loose-leaf teas served in a plunger pot.
Overall: A cute cafe hidden amongst the plants.