What to give the great giver?

What do you take when you’re going to visit Otto Fauser – the great guru of bulbs in Australia.  This is a man in a category all of his own, of vast knowledge, and even vaster generosity. Continue reading

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The hidden power of the five-foot backless bed

Most of what I do professionally is biggish to big.  I’ll be ordering perennials, for instance, with 150 or this and 200 of that, totaling in the thousands.   I love using plants in vast, repeating sweeps, and wouldn’t have it any other way.  Even at home, my preference would be to be planting up large spaces with low-diversity planting.

But that form is inherently limiting.  Continue reading

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To look at or to live in?

The wall is coming along nicely – thanks for asking.

But as is almost invariably the case for me, simple steps lead to big questions. Continue reading

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It really doesn’t take long

Of course it depends on your terms of reference. A year seems incredibly quick to me, to achieve a full and floriferous garden. But I have had people question me on my garden that I created and opened after only twelve months, along the lines of “It only takes a weekend to create a garden on TV.  What took you so long?” Continue reading

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Natives imprisoned in the bush

Natives are having a hard time escaping from the bush.  The best of the 1970’s bush gardens by Gordon Ford and Ellis Stones were magical – you know the kind of the thing – huge boulders swelling up through lacy groundcover beneath a dancing canopy held aloft by creamy-barked eucalypt trunks.  Continue reading

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