I’m supposed to be doing that promised final post on meadows. But I want to shoot off on a short tangent just cos its current, and if I don’t do it now the moment will have passed.
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.
We’re lazy gardeners in Australia. If we were willing to work half as hard as English gardeners to overcome the disadvantages of our climate while really celebrating its overwhelming advantages, we’d have incredible gardens.
Check that video link on the right – called (helpfully) ‘The Gardenist Video’. It’s a YouTube clip made by the publishers for booksellers, but it’ll tell you a bit about it. There’s a new post below as well. Don’t overlook that.
One of the really big questions is how much garden space should be allocated to good, reliable plant matrix, and how much to seasonal, colourful, ephemeral blast. It’s sort of the same as when you’re dishing up your take-away chinese. How much rice per spoonful of sweet and sour pork? How much background bland to foreground tasty?
It was a false alarm the other day, but this time I think I’ve done it. If you’ve tried to subscribe before, please do so again. You’ll immediately get an email to ask you to confirm that you want to receive notifications of new posts. Once you’ve clicked on the link in that email, it’s
So you want a flowery mead? Not satisfied with the creative mowing option of Meadows – 101?
Strange how we see things so differently. After my post a few weeks back about Mien Ruys’ garden, a question arose about meadows – whether we can do them here in Australia, and if so, how. I just thought the author of the question had taken herself off on a happy, irrelevant meander along a very sinuous psycho-garden path, but when I went back to the pics, saw that there were meadows in there. I hadn’t even noticed. What to one person was the whole point of the image was totally overlooked by another.
Even in these enlightened days in which your average home gardener can see the beauty and season-stretching power of foliage and textural seed-heads, there’s no denying that flowers make up about 95% of why we garden.
That said, I’m putting forth the case for some inorganic colour.
I was hunting for a pretext on which to show off some rare photos of Great Dixter (one of my favourite places in the world, and about which I tend to rant a little too often and at too great a length).
It didn’t take long.