Primarily for the benefit of those on the ALC pre-conference tour today….
I knew when setting out to do the perennial planting for a client that what I wanted to achieve was a big undulating plateau of colour and texture between about 800 and 1200mm, punctured by taller and strongly upright ‘aberrants’ or incidents. There’s nothing original in that idea.
You may remember, from earlier posts, my ‘steppe’ planting (a misnomer that will remain until something better presents itself) from November 2015. Back then it looked like this:
It’s astonishing how few opportunities there are available for the home gardener that is keen to learn more. So it’s time to run some courses. I’ve been talking about it since I started this blog five years ago! So here’s our start – two single-day courses in Woodend, Victoria under the title ‘Mastering the Art
Are there any plants that better display the supreme qualities of elegance and poise than the species tulips in bud?
I have a sister (colourful, excitable, b. 1959) who used to describe some flavours as tasting exactly like the smell of something else. My Dad (v non-excitable, b. 1928) told her she was speaking a whole lot of tommyrot.
As awkward as I find using this page for explicit self promotion (and I specify ‘explicit’, as what can a blog be but self-promotion of some kind or other?…), I’m committed to the success of the Woodend Winter Arts Festival, at which I’m speaking in a few weeks (Sunday June 11), being interviewed by journalist
Yep. This morning the windscreen was iced over – the wipers frozen into immobility.
While much of the country has been sweltering, we down south in Victoria have been enjoying the most perfect summer.
So this new TV show I’m hosting (#dreamgardens) has just been announced. Starts 9th Feb at 8 pm on ABC1. Check the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0i7EituT4F8&feature=youtu.be or here https://www.facebook.com/ABCTV/videos/10157933285750543/ or here! https://twitter.com/ABCTV/status/818245918042394627
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.
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.