The Duneira dash

Had to make a quick dash up to Duneira on Mt. Macedon the other day, and turned into that incredible drive – possibly one of the loveliest in Australia – soon to be lined with millions of bluebells. Continue reading

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Cane-growers or peripherals?

The Gardenist (the book) started out much bigger than that which was eventually published.  We deleted nearly half the word count a few months before pressing the ‘print’ button.  Each chapter was nearly as long again with stuff about how to care for each of the plant groups discussed – mostly info I wish someone had told me twenty or so years ago. Continue reading

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Crocus crystals

I loved being at the talk Mat Murray (RBG Sydney) gave to the Victorian Group of The Alpine Garden Society a few weeks back.  Not only did I pick up on the debunking of a few myths (like the need to include a piece of basal plate when you cut your bulbs up for propagation – not so, apparently), but I loved hearing that Mat’s passion for bulbs started from a pic of Crocus ‘Pickwick’ in grass. Continue reading

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Three Pivotal Books

We’ve all got ‘em – those books that have changed or framed our lives.  In this case I’m sticking to the horticultural, or those that have fed into that part of my life Continue reading

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