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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Of the Mountains and Valleys

There’s two particular questions that I’m always dealing with when designing a garden, or evaluating an existing one.  I’ve been dealing with them for years, though they’ve only recently emerged from the subconscious, being forced into conscious articulation by a recent talk.  Writing and speaking are great ways to force you to express something that would otherwise feel, and remain, intuitive.  Continue reading

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Caging the Veg

Way back in 2009 when I ordered 24 sheets of colorbond, rolled to my specified diameter, it was my intention to organise the consequent 12 raised vegie beds to define an inner space.  I suspected that it wouldn’t provide quite the sense of enclosure that the location required, but was prepared to give it a go first, and respond accordingly.   Continue reading

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Vegetable dilemmas

It’s the weirdest thing.  You grow vegetables in order to eat them, right?  How is it, then, that when the time comes to pick, the knife can hover over them, poised for the kill, but waver in vacillation? Continue reading

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Watching the watchers

I stumbled upon a quote yesterday by a guy who had apparently never liked jazz until an occasion when he watched a jazz muso playing with his eyes closed, in visible bliss.  He concludes “Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself.  It’s as if they are showing you the way”. Continue reading

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