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November 15, 2016 When imperfection is just perfect

On the sandstone terrace outside my back door is a terracotta pot with a broken handle which was given to me by a friend when she was moving house. There was an Epiphyllum growing in it when I got it - not very beautiful, with blemishes...

November 13, 2016 Denese Oates sculpture

I'm very much enjoying a pair of sculptures made by Denese Oates which we had here for our open garden, which are still here at `Hawthorne' I love the lightness and transparency of these sculptures - made from copper wire and finished with verdigris they look very...

November 12, 2016 On the Dry Side

  I like to use unusual plant combinations in our gardens. Plants from opposite sides of the world hold hands with one another. The only rule is basically they have to look well together and live in similar habitats - but even then it doesn't count...

November 8, 2016 Graveyard rose

Well that's it. My book `Disobedient Gardens' has been launched and it's a strange feeling knowing that many eyes are seeing what I see and `hearing' my words as they're read. As I walked alone through the deserted garden that was full of strangers on Sunday I...

November 5, 2016 Ready to Rock and Roll

Everything is in place, the garden is ready, the stage is set. As I said to Linda Ross on the radio 2ue yesterday - if there are any weeds and unfinished work we will put them down to disobedience which gets me out of all...

November 4, 2016 We’re almost ready for visitors

As the week progresses we're inching toward the big day this coming Sunday 6th November when we open our gates to the public, and launch `Disobedient Gardens' the book I have been writing and working on for almost four years (with extraordinary images by Brigid...

October 18, 2016 Waterside success

Last Friday Mark and I had a delivery to do; a garden to fill with plants before a weekend party guests. And within one minute of the delivery we had two other gardens to call in at (busy morning). This particular garden has been planted...

October 18, 2016 Rare African bulbs

With a few wet days the garden has revived. Some plants don’t mind if they never receive a drop – and this is how it is with the blood lily Haemanthus coccineus. Native to South Africa, it receives little water over the summer months. I grow mine...