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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The Plot of Small Things

I’ve never found the space, or more correctly, the context, for small stuff in my garden.

I’d much prefer to be swallowed up in plants, than tiptoe over a carpet of them.  Continue reading

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The Aftershocks Continue…

Yet another shake-up.  Will I ever be left alone to dwell in a chubby, buffered comfort zone?  I’d barely regained my balance after being knocked for six in the gardens of the Marlborough region of NZ. 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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Pondering the mead

I was making a hasty departure from Longwood a few weeks back, and with no time to take a proper look at the excellent shop near the exit, snatched up a book on meadows near the door.  After a very quick flick and a glance at the price I shoved a copy and the right cash into the hands of one of my group who happened to be near the front of the checkout queue. Continue reading

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On Gardening Australia

You may have seen Gardening Australia on Saturday night.  I was talking to John Patrick about a garden I designed in Woodend North, Victoria.  If you’re interested, you can catch it on iView here. Continue reading

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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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