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October 8, 2017 The garden in October 2017

At times I've had an urge to write that was so strong I couldn't hold back - just now is not one of those times. So I've been a bit quiet on the blog, preferring the immediate reward of Instagram where I can post an image...

August 11, 2017 Japanese Quince

In some winter gardens things are bleak, but in my own garden - and in the gardens we design, this is rarely the case. There are countless plants that have been virtually lost from our Australian gardens, like the japonica as they used to be known....

May 7, 2017 Cooler days = time to get out in the garden

At last the summer heat is behind us, and after the recent rain the garden couldn't have a broader smile. There's a fat Camellia sasanqua `Yuletide' outside the studio by the driveway and I walk past it many times each day and it's not only it's...

April 6, 2017 Disobedient Gardens talk at Glenmore House

[caption id="attachment_1439" align="alignnone" width="750"] Wirra Willa from Disobedient Gardens[/caption]   Two years ago I finally got to visit the garden at Glenmore House on one of their spring open days, and I did so with my Dad. I have known Mickey Robertson the owner of Glenmore via Instagram for a few...

March 4, 2017 Bones

Whilst working with some new clients last year I finally met the talented Denese Oates, a sculptor whose work I've admired since I first saw 'Cocoon'one of her sculptures in the garden at Valleyfield' - where I have been involved for many years, which as it...

January 28, 2017 Another Morning in Paradise

This morning feels like a holiday. Late getting out of bed (6am is late for me) and after feeding dogs, chickens and horses a slow walk around the garden to check out what's happening. The grass is long - too long, but Cathy will get...

January 14, 2017 Summer Heat

Yesterday the temperature soured to around 44 degrees here. Late afternoon when we headed off in the car to meet friends for dinner the car temperature gauge said 48, which was extraordinarily unpleasant. The heat was no surprise the weather bureau had warned us it...