Valley Garden

I like getting updates and images, particularly when things are looking good, and people are happy.

This morning Adam Eurell sent a few pics taken on his mobile phone from this garden we designed some years ago now  just out of Wollombi in the Hunter Valley.

The Natures Vision maintenance team work on this garden surrounding the stone Georgian cottage, built circa 1830′s, and they’ve taken it to new heights since they constructed it.

When we started there was zilch in the way of planting or design cohesion. There’s great satisfaction now for our design team in this pictures, and more particularly for the guys that work in this garden regularly, summer and winter, rain and sunshine to ensure it’s always moving forward, and by that I mean pruned and fed, generally ensuring it’s performing at its optimum ability.

Too easily a garden can be lost through inattention, lack of time or desire to `get into it’, so when it all comes together, it’s smiles all round.

Well done boys!





November 21, 2013 | Leave a Comment  | Tags:

Palm tree @ Palm Beach

In overcast conditions last week – just perfect for this sort of work, the Harrisons Landscaping crew planted a mature, indigenous cabbage palm and a large pink flowering frangipani with the help of a crane.

Next week we’ll complete the planting which will further soften the ‘newness’ of this major home renovation.

From Coolum in QLD, throughout in Sydney, the Hunter Valley and on the Central Coast closer to home, landscape teams are tidying up, finishing off our designs and generally panicking, as the pre Christmas rush looms.

It’s heads down and all systems go…



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November 21, 2013 | Leave a Comment  | Tags: ,

More lilies – and it’s raining!

Yesterday I walked right past this exquisite lily – even when it was in flower. Later in the day from the bedroom window I saw it and remembered I planted them back in July.

Speckled with smaller `freckles’ than the common tiger lily its got a a super colour, and to top it off it has interesting fine foliage which partners well with the grasses I have it associated with.

There’s more lily flowers to open soon, and it’s been raining softly all day as well as last night. The new lilies aren’t as tall as the ones I’ve grown for years – I guess they will catch up next year?

There’s a roadside stall not far away that is selling 6 bags of poultry manure for $10 and whenever I have an hour to spare I’m driving down, loading the van and spreading the manure on thick like a mulch, on things that need it. Overlooked by many gardeners, poultry manure is the thing that gets the local orchards and pasture growing. Whereas I used to be timid with it, I’m slathering it on most plants and receiving a great response for my efforts.

I’m off for more supplies…


Lilium dvidii var unicolor

Lilium dvidii var unicolor

November 11, 2013 | Leave a Comment  |

The Bath House

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Months ago I first saw the `Bath House’. A great old building once associated with a nearby coal mine – the building purpose built, so that the miners could clean up before heading home.

I love the history here, and the sensational red bricks that were made locally.

The new owners respect the history of the place, but more importantly are keen to create a long-term family home for their children to grow up in. Lucky kids.

There are lots of factors to incorporate, there’s the rural locality, a great layout by EJE Architecture and an industrial aspect to consider too.

We’re looking forward to this one.








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October 31, 2013 | Leave a Comment  |

Up North

Tuesday Mark and I headed up North to look at an old friend’s new acreage.

We enjoy getting out, seeing more of the country and we make sure we find the best cafes and coffee!

Scott and Tina have a great slice of land, with rolling hills, a river on one boundary and distant views to neighbouring farms. On this project we will be siting some buildings for farm stay accommodation.

With a short brief to create a simple, desirable place for families to stay it’s going to be fun to nut out, and seeing it started will be exciting.

The countryside is so dry, but we brought the rain with us this week – so much of it in fact, we had to pull over on the side of the road whilst the storm passed.

Accustomed to being hand-fed the cattle were curious and not wary of us at all, when we were in their paddock.



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October 31, 2013 | Leave a Comment  |

No Open Garden this year folks

If you are on our mailing list, or read this blog, and are wondering when your invitation to this years open garden is arriving, I’m sorry to say we’re taking a year off. So don’t think its personal.

I have had a hankering to build a wine cellar for a while now, and anticipating how long it would take to complete the build, decided to make a bigger than usual mess outside this year – and not just where the cellar is planned  near the outside fireplace and fish pond.

So things are cut back a little harder than usual and fresh gardens have been planted – and these will be ready to reveal November 2014, along with the cellar.

The lilies are flowering this morning. First out is L.`Casablanca’ – the most perfect shade of guava pink, and now this new speckled beauty L. lancifolium var. flaviflorum

This morning I’m tying in he upstanding growth of L. `Black Beauty’.

I’m going to ignore the weeds today and `smell the roses’



Lilium lanciflorum var. flaviflorum

October 26, 2013 | Leave a Comment  |

Terrigal #2

Yesterday morning in Spring sunshine we were down at Terrigal, replanting a garden that we had designed a few years ago, that the developer didn’t build do our specifications. It was great to get a second go at this amazing cliff-top site, using predominately low growing grey foliaged plants – some of them indigenous natives, tolerant of the dry salty conditions.

Garden lighting was re-laid, pots were replanted as well as the expansive paving that was cleaned, and sealed.

Dan and the boys were doing a sensational job, and while we took a moment to drink a well deserved coffee, we looked out to sea where whales were breaching and blowing water spray into the air.

The third photo was taken a few years ago and this is the spectacular patterning on the rock formations below -a terrifying drop just below.


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October 10, 2013 | Leave a Comment  | Tags:


This morning the poppies in the orchard are opening; and they were so effortless to grow (besides having to surround them with a low fence of chicken wire when I planted the seed to prevent the rabbits from eating them)

Today I’ll look for somewhere to plant white sunflowers and also white, lilac and lime Zinnia seed. Who would think in a garden this size that you couldn’t find space?








October 7, 2013 | Leave a Comment  |

Saturday on long Weekend a.m.

Out and about early weeding this morning with Keeper, the Hippeastrum are all in flower, and I love the  red ones given to me only a few months ago by my friend Gail!

The poppies in the orchard define the word anticipation, and are so close to opening, another day or so should do it.

More crucifix orchids are in bloom, this one potted in the nursery is called `Momo #2′ and it’s a beauty.

Brown-banded Rail chicks just out of the nest are out investigating by the dam…

Vege garden is all weeded, and the hens are gobbling all the fresh young weeds as I write. Fresh eggs on toast for breakfast.


red Hippeastrum

red Hippeastrum


coral pink poppy

coral pink poppy




Epidendron Cosmo Dream colour `Momo #2′



October 5, 2013 | Leave a Comment  |

It’s in the box


Cornerstone completed another part of the plan at `Fernbank’ last week and it’s great to see the progress shots (thanks Wade and Chris)

Large gardens can take years to get right, and this is another part of the puzzle complete. Geometric beds edged in box that will contain persimmon trees, lilies and roses

Next the pergola – where brides will walk beneath tresses of wistaria or a long table can be set for lunch.




October 5, 2013 | Leave a Comment  | Tags:

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