Self-promo Warning!

As awkward as I find using this page for explicit self promotion (and I specify ‘explicit’, as what can a blog be but self-promotion of some kind or other?…), I’m committed to the success of the Woodend Winter Arts Festival, at which I’m speaking in a few weeks (Sunday June 11), being interviewed by journalist Jen Vuk.

This isn’t a garden talk, as such.  Under the ‘Words and Ideas’ section of festival events, Jen will be talking to me about my life in gardening and design, looking at all the riches I’ve discovered there, and those yet to be explored.

Click this link for more details.  There’s other fabulous things happening on that day, so come to Woodend and make a day of it, or even a full weekend of it!

And while I’m making the leap over this self-promotional hurdle, the Dream Gardens was released on DVD yesterday!  Available from ABC online and in ABC Centres Australia-wide. It’s also available for purchase on iTunes and Google Play

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The Steppe: Then and Now

Back on the 4th April, I gave a quick run down on my latest bit of trial planting of very low plants.  I almost gave up on it in early spring, when it looked like being overrun with weeds, and I started to move taller stuff in.  But a couple of friends stayed my hand, and insisted I stick to the plan.  I’m glad they did, and that I had the good sense to listen to them. Continue reading

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Clematis as Cut Flowers? Really?

I’d read, some time back, about Clematis x durandii used as a cut flower in the Netherlands.  It didn’t sound plausible.  There’s something really stringy and splitty about its stems that makes you feel like it’d be useless at taking up water. Continue reading

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A Few Tulipy Highlights on a Rare Sunny Spring Day

A couple of years back my mother-in-law gave me the best present ever – a gift voucher from a bulb supplier.  In this case, Marcus Harvey’s Hillview Rare Plants. Continue reading

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