Native Intense

Mid October each year finds me scrutinising the Kurrajong’s (Brachchiton bidwillii ‘Little Ripper’) near bare branches, looking for tiny signs of secrete flowers to come ..

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This one has the slightly more pink coral flowers of the B. bidwillii type, in a hybrid called ‘Little Ripper’ by Brent Vieritze at Colours of Eden. He’s actually ingeniously grafted the hybrid flowering B. bidwillii ‘Little Ripper’ onto a B. rupestrus – QLD Bottle Tree trunk. A little ripper it is !!

B. rupestrus to B. bibwillii ‘Little Ripper’ graft line

My tree is now around 4 years old here at ‘Sea-Changer’ and I’m guessing will reach around 4m tall, so it fits the small space garden well for a norther aspect. Brent doesn’t know if the trunk beneath the graft, will swell out to become the characteristically ‘bottle’ shape. Time will tell and if it does I’m imagining a hero tree with a rather interesting silhouette, like a barrel with a small domed canopy on top.

Last year’s seed pods add another ornamental feature
Flower encrusted stems attach nectar feeders also ..

I noticed northern beaches artist Julie Hickson’s very beautiful Pod &Pod display of all native, woodblock inspired freshness at The Other Art Fair by Saatchi at Barangaroo last weekend. Among so many beauties, there was also a new work featuring Brachychiton bidwillii a perfect Xmas gift for garden loving friends & fam.

Peter Nixon’s ‘Sea-Changer’ opens on Sunday of PLF Kariong

 

‘Sea-Changer’ mirror deck greenwalls, opens for Gosford Open Gardens SUNDAY ONLY 29th September 10am – 3pm $5 gate

Garden Lovers, did you know its only 3 weeks till Plant Lovers Fair Kariong !

Springtime is here with a warm rush and a gazillion stall holders with tempting treasures will be on offer, come Saturday & Sunday 28th & 29th September at PLF ’19 so get your tix now to avoid the entry cue !!!  

Plant Lovers Fair Kariong

Gosford Open Gardens is on all weekend of the Fair with more than 10 gardens on offer. My home studio garden ‘Sea-Changer’ ONLY opens on Sunday 29th September,  

10am – 3pm  $5 gate.

‘Springtime ‘Sea-Changer’ style …

Sunday of the Fair is always a more relaxed day, so treat yourself to some of the best cool subtrops planting available in Australia in the one place !! Then its only a 20 minute drive from the fairground at Kariong Mountains Highschool 

to ‘Sea-Changer’ at 21 Lavinia Street, Forresters Beach 

‘Sea-Changer’ relaxing shade hut

Come to ‘Sea-Changer’ and many of the other 9 gardens, for new ideas on how you can make an even better home garden 🙂 

‘Sea-Changer’s’ 8 pages in Better Homes & Gardens Mag, August issue out now !

 

Garden Lovers, if you haven’t been able to make it up for one of ‘Sea-Changer’s’ opens here at Forresters Beach on the Central Coast, grab yourself a copy of Better Homes and Gardens mag August issue OUT NOW. This was a mid May shoot and shows how you can extend interest well into late Autumn for your cool subtropics garden at home.

Love Your Garden … 🙂      

‘Sea-Changer’ THIS Fri 12th July, 7pm Channel 7

Graham Ross at ‘Sea-Changer’ on BH&G’s shoot day in mid May this year

Getting a chance to spread cool subtropics love here at ‘Sea-Changer’ .. that’s what you’ll see 7pm on THIS Friday’s 12th July episode of Channel 7’s BH&G program.
Graham and I get to show you a species hippeastrum for late Autumn, so useful for a blast of scarlet fire in the semi shade garden. Tune in to see pretty sub-shrubs like barlaria and ruellias that can bring your garden welcome long flowering interest. He’ll also show how climbing bromeliads like Neoregelia x macwilliamsii and N. compacta are covering slat panels here, to bring lush low maintenance green cover to walls and fencing for your garden and much, much more ..

THIS Friday’s episode of Channel 7’s Better Homes & Gardens you can see my ‘Sea-Changer’ garden, for ideas to make an even better garden at home….
See you ‘Sea-Changer’ – side !!!
 

Shoot day at ‘Sea-Changer’ from the Mirror Deck

CLICK ON ABOVE VIDEO for a ‘Sea-Changer’ taster on what you’ll see on BH&G tomorrow (Friday 12th July) night.. !!