Faux post

This hardly counts as a post, but for those local to localish readers, I’m filling in this coming tuesday evening as guest speaker at the Mt Macedon Horticultural Society.

It’s a great club, with Stephen Ryan the long-standing president.  I’m not sure what I’ll be speaking on yet, but it’ll be fun, and the pics’ll be good!  Only five bucks to get in – starts at 8 pm, at the Horticultural Hall/Golf club Hall on Mt Macedon Rd.  You can see their details here.

Also, I’m doing a veggie growing workshop with Diana Marsland Cooking School on March 16.  I talk veggies (and particularly growing salad ingredients), while Diana feeds in info about using these ingredients, and discusses suitable dressings etc.  Morning tea and a fabulous lunch are included (for which the recipes are also provided), both being served in the garden, weather permitting.  Further details here.

And now, since you’ve joined me, the least I can do is provide a little eye-candy

Manor d’Erignac, in the Dordogne. I don’t need to own it, but what a place to visit!

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4 thoughts on “Faux post

  1. Thankyou for reminding me how lucky we are in the subtropics,if Christopher and Chanticleer think our plants are wonderful and worth slaving over we should stop wanting silver birch groves with narcissus etc. Miss wonderful Stephen Ryan and would like to thank him again for letting us enjoy his wonderful garden (still a little jealous and envious about the plants you lot can grow)At least we have wonderful rain!

    • You’re dead on, Phoebe. I gardened in the UK for the summer in ’91 and for a year in ’04, and came back with a totally different attitude to our Australian plants. There’s just no equivalent available to then of a tree with a trunk like a snow gum, or one that flowers with the floral intensity of a wattle.

      Good gardening is so much about really celebrating what we can do best, or do really well. There’s room in every garden for a few plants or plantings that push our climatic boundaries, but it’s just a question of proportion – how much of my garden do I give over to super-reliables, and how much to high risk planting? The proportion will depend on how much time you’ve got, I suppose; how much money, perhaps; and possibly how much determination. At best the high risk stuff can turn the excitement volume right up, but it’s not going to make for a much better garden.

      But it

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