Tuesday, June 28, 2011


My favourite tree (Allocasuarina verticillata)


Male tree

Back in the early days of white settlement this tree was often referred to as 'Baker's delight'..the timber as fuel is quite something! I once read somewhere that some world energy authority deemed it as one of the most useful tree's on the planet.

Monday, June 27, 2011

End of the warm season.

Echium flower buds in early Winter..much too early!

The European aesthetic.

The garden style that has historically prevailed in many English speaking 'western' countries is the so called 'English' style. In Australia the majority of settlers for much of our history (white) have been peoples from the British Isles and Ireland. Add the many others from Europe to that gene pool and it is little wonder that despite our quite different climatic conditions we have for historical and cultural reasons tended to retain a certain European aesthetic in many of our cultural endeavors. This garden aesthetic is to be found in many countries around the world who were settled by Europeans.
So what is this 'English Style' and is is actually from England? Essentially it is a blend of some open area's covered with mown grass (lawn) a few shrubs and tree's and area's large or small given over to collections of smaller more floriferous plants. Add some built structures and perhaps some manicured hedgy stuff and wallah we have the so called English garden.
It seems to me that most peoples around the world manage their outdoor spaces in pretty much the same way..be they of European origin or any other culture. The elements may be rearranged in emphasis, but ultimately the spatial management is in essence the same, or very similar.  

The New German Style | Horticulture - The Art & Science of Smart Gardening

An oldish but worthy article by my favourite UK garden writer..

The New German Style | Horticulture - The Art & Science of Smart Gardening


Friday, June 24, 2011

Thus spake Noel Kingsbury

NK seems to have positioned himeself as the voice for the wilderness in the UK garden scene and it seems the USA have taken to him (the prairie crowd) according to an article he published on a blog. (don't wish to promote them)
It read as a rather smug and condescending tip the lid to the USA as all 'growed up' and getting it right because SOME folk have discovered this 'prairie' thing as the way to go.
I find this paragraph to be somewhat amusing and i am quite sure old Christo (Christopher Lloyd)  if he were alive might say otherwise.

For those of you who would wish to remind me what I have just said about inappropriate plantings in landscape halfway across the world, what actually appeals to us is that the prairie stuff fits into our landscapes far better than the (mostly) Southern Hemisphere spikies that have become popular over the last few years: phormiums, yuccas, kniphofias. A prairie planting in front of a range of British hills, woods and hedge-divided fields does not look that out of place."

(Just how many UK gardeners enjoy the luxury of "a range of British hills, woods and hedge-divided fields " ?)

I would like to know who the 'us' are ..I am quite sure the 'many' who have enjoyed some selected 'spikies' like Kniphofia,Yucca etc would have something entirely different to say.
I tried to post a comment on the above  blog to no avail..its seems the moderators of that site only want 'fluffy' comments and do not wish to enter into any 'real' discussion. ('wild' indeed!)

welcome to the show

the 'prairie' we have when we don't try too hard!

Prairie boots



Anti-IHF trap.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Mt Noorat park.

The extensive 'park' at the foot of Mount Noorat Estate.    When implemented in the late 19th Century was regarded as the largest private park in the Colony of Victoria. Some of the last mature Englsih Elms (alive) in the world are to be seen in the distance. This vista is about 10 steps from my back door!

Colour your day

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Don't put all your balls (copper) in the one basket

The white flowering shrub is Eriocephalus africanus http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantefg/eriocephafr.htm

Some colour

Misty mountain hop

Polygonum scoparium (for Rob)

On the left..quite a few years old and I loathe cutting it back but it need reduction soon!

The great land grab: India's war on farmers - Opinion - Al Jazeera English


Felder's New Lawn

Felder's New Lawn

Chelsea Fringe | Festival of flowers, gardens and gardening

Chelsea Fringe | Festival of flowers, gardens and gardening

Zauschneria californica and

One of my favourite plants mingling with the rarely seen Polygonum scoparium)..both as tough as old boots!

A Strange plant resembling Ephedra. A tangle of wiry, leafless stems with tiny white flowers at almost any time of the year.

Monday, June 20, 2011

IHF (Ian Hamilton Finlay)

Faisal's 'stick' lettering inspired me to post this! (see http://gardenerinthedistance.blogspot.com/2011/06/dedication.html )

It may be Winter BUT

Solanaceae, Brugmansia sanguinea, Blood-red Angel’s Trumpet

Chris Drury, Land Artist - Working with Nature


A golden oldie (no not James Golden)

The 'real' James Golden resides here http://federaltwist.blogspot.com/

WW2 German sea mine.

My Mutter was German and  a nurse in Germany during the war..there is a certain irony (no pun intended) in that i have been given this mine. The southern coast of Australia was extensively mined by (I believe)  U-Boats. (roughly 4.27ft H X 3ft W)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Weed me up Scotty

MY new Blog

Some of you may have noticed I have moved to 'blogger'! My last blog with 'Posterous' clocked up over 25,000 visitors in about 7 months but many visitors found it difficult to post comments and as i value your input large and small here we are with a shiny new blog! I will endeavor to keep the content free and easy and keep commercial links etc to a minimum. It is NOT a selling site but one of  enthusiasm for the craft/art of gardens and to a lesser degree gardening!
As commented by a friend and colleague there needs to me more inquisitiveness and less acquisitiveness in this field and indeed any other!
I warmly welcome you ALL to my celebration.


Cordyline baueri (Norfolk Island)

I purchased this Cordyline as the 'Norfolk Island' cabbage tree purple form.
Cordyline baueri Purpurea ?

Does your garden have a brain?