The Power of Paint

Flowers are pretty thin around here right now.  I’m gagging for a bit of colour.  A couple of years back I wrote about adding inorganic colour to your garden, but for some reason (can’t think why) I never included paint. Continue reading

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Revelations from the Revisited High Line

I can’t get enough of the High Line.  I’ve visited three times in the last two years, but now that I’m stuck for a while on the other side of the planet, I can’t understand why I didn’t go back several times on each visit to New York.  Michael Hatton – a Shepparton-based designer – told me that he went every morning and every night for the three weeks he was in town.  Why didn’t I do that? Continue reading

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Originality is overrated

There’s this thing going on the The States at the moment, where they stick their pots of annuals and perennials full of….well…sticks.  It may well be happening elsewhere, but its been a while since I’ve been elsewhere. Continue reading

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A Happy Accident on the High Line?

Yesterday I had the unexpected chance to hear a talk – in my own home-town, and free of charge – by Robert Hammond, Executive Director of the Friends of the High Line, and one of the two men responsible for instigating the project (you can read my earlier post about it here) Continue reading

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The power of the personal

I know I go on about this, but this latest trip to the States has cemented again that there’s nothing like a loving, hands-on garden owner to take a garden to a whole new level. Continue reading

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Exciting AND authentic

Following Robin Powell’s insightful question about whether there was anything at Longwood that was so authentic as to make me want to copy it (though she put it better than that), I thought I’d throw down a few pics of stuff that I loved at Longwood. Continue reading

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Deep thoughts of depth

This has to be quick.  I’m writing between itinerary items on a USA garden tour, and there’s only ever snatched moments.

I had reason yesterday to wonder again about the challenges of translating distinct styles or design ideas from one country to another.  Continue reading

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Surviving? or celebrating?

By some outrageous and undeserved privilege I made my first visit to Chanticleer, just outside of Philadelphia, in our spring – their autumn – last year.

I think that I’d vaguely and prejudicially shoved Chanticleer into a ‘big, boring, institutional garden’ category for several years after first becoming aware of it, then had somehow been given the impression that this was not a garden to dismiss – that there were some really lovely and magical things going on. Continue reading

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Horse and bergia?

The very first day of my gardening apprenticeship at Ripponlea, Melbourne, I was riding on top of a heap of rubbish on a trailer, and a work experience student was pointing out a few of the features of the garden.  I swear, to this day, that she pointed to a huge long fence covered in a wiry climber, saying “And that’s the horse and beckia hedge”. Continue reading

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