Maureen Green has made a living masterpiece in the charmingly tiny hamlet of Maungakaramea, north of Auckland on the way to Whangarei in New Zealand’s Northland.
Here, at the end of a long jewel encrusted driveway, is a bromeliad mother lode. But this is not an artless “pizza garden”, with taste free gobs of colour indescriminately daubed from patch to patch. Oh no, THIS comes from a master eye that sees everything, from the tiniest ruby edged margin to the full visual weight of truly magnificent hero plants.
Such is the creative agility of the horticultural mind; if your large tree falls with all epiphytic occupants catapulted to far flung garden parts, make the unsuspecting into a magical Tillandsia Water Tank…… Maureen has.
Especially rich in vrisea, neoregelia, aechmea & their interspecific crosses and hybrids, together with myriad tillandsia, nidularium, billbergia and canistropsis don’t let Greens Bromeliads unassuming street sign deceive you …. GO DOWN THAT LONG DRIVE and you will be rewarded.
Scanning the excellent Garden Drum by Catherine Stewart this week, I came across some rather good work by artist Julie Hickson show casing her impressive Pod + Pod range inspired by Sydney’s Northern Beaches where she lives. So impressed, that I just had to take advantage of the oh so easy on line point of sale available from the web site. Perfect for coastal themed house & gardens and especially in association with “warm winter” micro climate growing conditions that allow many to cheat like hell with planting that would otherwise be at the difficult end of its range once cooler June/July nights are with us.
After an admiring glance across the Botanical & Coastal examples of Julie’s fine work, you can then join her mailing list from the bottom of the News page for Studio Open Days, markets and events like the Pittwater Artists Trail.
Now this day is especially for the trade to increase awareness of the possibility of having plants grown under contract, why shouldn’t YOU benefit also …? Sales to home owners for their gardens also welcome !! Production Grower Greg Lamont and I can answer questions you may have on these new plants I’ve helped select, that focus on benefits for use as well as their ornamental virtues as shown on the link above.
So if you’re searching for something special for that difficult spot or just always on the look out for good garden plants, why not add something special from the Royal Botanic Gardens to your home garden ..
Click on the above link to reveal a recent expansion on RBG Growing Friends SALE listing, at the very peak of this lush high summer for exceptional plants for your garden. These are species I’ve recently been helping to release more availability to you at this exciting point of sale. Hope to see you there, where I’l be explaining more on how these durable and beautiful plants could be just the right one for that difficult location or to add extra sparkle as feature to your home garden. Sydney Growing Friends Nursery, Mrs Macquaries Road adjacent to the Herbarium & The Maiden Theatre
The week before last, ABC Gardening Australia host Costa Giorgiadis (thanks huge Costa…) met me on this rather nice Cremorne Rooftop, to extol the virtues of dry sub-tropical gardening.
Joined by proud owners Noelene & Ian Dawes, (thanks huge-er Noelene & Ian…) it was a fun shoot as you can see on the attached link and I like to think much of the planting would adapt to so called “difficult locations” around your own garden, where harsh radiation, fast drainage and a high impact appearance are required with year round interest sans irrigation and not much maintenance.
And thanks huge also to the talents and flawless eye of Master Maintainer Glenice Buck, without whom this space wouldn’t be nearly so appealing.
Beginning again …. Paradisus No. 6 “The Sea-changer”.
Having spent all my 52 years on this planet in a Sydney setting in one way or another, the time has come to leave the confines of city life and embrace fresh surf air and sandy top soil beneath the sheltered but open sky conditions of my new plot at Forresters Beach (between Bateau Bay and Wambaral Lagoon) here at Spoon Bay on the Central Coast.
All that remains of Paradisus No. 5 the “Inner City Jewel Box Court” are these few pots. Three weekends of frantic pot ups have now passed in saving anything flicked out in haste before the move. After a bit of current house surgery, my roving eye now lands speculatively in regular spots around this new 725ish square meters ….. and ideas are beginning to form …
Watch this space dear reader, so you can check in on how this unsuspecting block morphs into a better life … beyond its wildest dreams !
“After visiting Peter Nixon and Ian McMaugh’s gardens on Open Gardens Australia we were inspired to create two vertical gardens in our inner-city Sydney courtyard. Recycled window security grilles were attached to wooden walls with turnbuckles and doorstops to give stability and clearance. In this courtyard with a northerly aspect Bromeliads and orchids are thriving and their verdant growth has created an eye-catching focal point.”
– Judy Ellis local Darlington resident
Just loved this… and did you know I’ll be talking further TOMORROW (SATURDAY 28th June) sometime between 8.45 and 9.30am with ABC 702 radio announcer Simon Marnie on Weekends, about how to make the most of a little. If that’s all the garden you’ve got, well, make the most of it !! Hope you’ll join me.
that’s how I always think of Noelene & Ian Dawes Cremorne rooftop I finished a few years ago …. because it really is an unirrigated band width of tough planting beneath an open sky, that’s up for high radiation with self water storage and relatively low maintenance. So EVERY time I go there it delivers higher and higher visual impact. So if elevated N/W is an aspect you battle constantly with at home, try this robust combination of proven aloes, bromeliads, kalanchoes, epiphyllum, cycads, euphorbia, sansevaria and epidendrons (crucifix orchids).