Garden Lovers early summer .. and the rush up to Christmas time, always adds a special excitement to the garden. Aside from the usual suspects, lovely as they are; gardenias, agapanthus, Ceratopetalum – NSW Xmas Bush, Hydrangea and Shasta Daisies … there are some new plants to try for this time. Like the lush Mexican Reed Lily (Sobralia xantholeuca) that I can’t recommend highly enough to you for the bright shade garden. Beneath tall Gum Trees, on the south or eastern side. Mine grows as a Christmas companion to ‘Sea-Changer’s’ garden gate, beneath a Weeping Bottlebrush (Callistemon viminalis). Softer in appearance than cymbidium orchids, Sobralia makes a meter or so patch, with stiff bamboo-like stems and leaves with glossy parallel venation.
Looking forward to seeing many of you again here at ‘Sea-Changer’ for ‘Planty Fierce’ come Sat. 6th May ’17 when the garden will open together with ‘Living Edge’ at Peats Ridge and Ray Henderson’s ‘Paradox’ at nearby Glenning Valley. But for now, enjoy your Christmas and wishing you a fab New Year, especially in the the garden !!!
No. 12, in Greenwich for Peter Doherty & Jan Swinhoe, twenty years in the making ..
Last Saturday fortnight on the 5th November, against a rush of high spring, a small gathering of my lovely past clients shared some tasty canapé and a drink or two while savouring the delights of No. 12
Guest Speakers Loretta Maitland from M.E. Lighting told us about here snazzy led’s, Mark Paul from the Greenwall Co. told us about the 9 meter long, double sided greenwall featured in the rear garden. Owners Peter Doherty and Jan Swinhoe helped me Host and Jan was good enough to say a few words, on what its been like to live with all the garden changes over the past twenty years. It doesn’t seem like twenty but time goes fast when you’re having fun in the garden .. !
Thank to all for your interest and friendly company.
Can’t find those special plants to make your garden ?Then PLF ’16 Kariong is for you !! Avoid the cues and get your tixs on line. More than 40 specialist growers of exciting non-general line planting & FREE Speakers Program over both days ..
You can even hear my dulcet tones on Garden “fix -ups” from grow cables to “soft” hard-surfaces, to help with your own garden ideas on the Saturday at 1.30pm, with fellow Designer Barbara Landsberg “in conversation” with Garden Drum editor Catherine Stewart.
Mark your planners now and check currency on the Fair’s planting offer by subscribing to to the new PLF Blog
Good garden plants from PLF grower Charles Harland, like species hippeastrums have done so well at dear client Susan Trathen garden at Balgowlah and would do just as well at your garden !
Last Saturday’s ‘Planty Fierce’ at all 4 Central Coast gardens was an unqualified success … Under a brilliant sky, plant sales were brisk and event goers very pleased to see inspirational, never before opened garden spaces they could relate to, with low risk but interesting plants to take home and try in their own gardens that will thrive in similar coastal growing conditions.
As one ‘Planty Fierce’ attendee put it –
“Feeling privileged! Planty Fierce did not disappoint. Living Edge was breathtaking; Tabone serene; Paradox an artist’s palette; and Seachanger thrilling. Thank you to owners for opening their very special gardens.” Michelle Arnebark, President, Green Point Garden Club
Thank you Michelle and thanks also to Cathy & Tony Tabone at ‘Tabone Garden’, Ray Henderson at ‘Paradox’, David Fripp & Blake Jolley at ‘Living Edge’ and my very special ‘Sea-Changer’ Helpers Wendy Pritchard & Brent Wilson, Ambra Sancin and Chantelle Leenstra.
Thanks to all those who came along for some or all that
‘Planty Fierce’ had to offer. It was so good, we might just have to do it all again … !!!!
Mia culpa maxima … forgot to send you a map guide to get around on Saturday !! Just click here on ‘Planty Fierce’ to print off the reverse side that has an easy map to follow, showing all garden addresses and their map locations.
There are four “planty” destinations for you, or you can see all four FREE with the best event map to make the plantiest day possible, here on the Central Coast at ‘Planty Fierce’ this
Saturday 5th March 10am – 4pm
Get onto the Pacific Hwy Wahroonga on ramp by 9am and start with my ‘Sea-Changer’ at 21 Lavinia Street, Forresters Beachwith an ETA around 10am. Your Event Map at the gate on FREE entry and see the lush Spiral Gingers as featured this week on Catherine Stewart’s illustrious Garden Drum
.. before leaving, head over to peruse just some of Coachwood Nursery’s planty treasures available for sale, as precious momentos of your day at ‘Sea-Changer’ for your own garden … EXCITEMENT !!
Then around 11am zoom up to the sweeping curves of ‘Tabone Garden’ 21 Toomeys Road, Mt Elliote, where owners Cathy and Tony Tabone have lovingly made this beautiful acreage garden graced with interesting plants like the Rangoon Creeper, Golden Spider Lilly, Giant Potato Vine and the dainty Nodding Clerodendron (C. nutans).
Pop over to Bamboo Buddha at 221 Wattle Tree Road, Holgate for a lovely vegetarian lunch in the Zen garden or Lutus 127A Ocean View Drive, Wambaral for snappy beachside cafe fare.
Next on offer is horticulturist Ray Henderson’s fierce ‘Paradox’ around 1.30 – 2pm, 25 Curringa Close, Glenning Valley featuring many of his new “Hot Brom” neoregelias as currently featured in Horticultural Journal.
Save some penny’s for Ray’s exceptional full sun bromeliads that will transform your garden with their “stained glass” winter effect and exhilarating seasonal flowers such a bonus.. !
Cap off your day beautifully on the way home if returning to Sydney, at 1483 Peats Ridge Rd, Peats Ridge where plantsmen David Fripp & Blake Jolley’s ‘Living Edge’ garden cornucopia of very telling combinations, with rare plant sales to die for …
So, bring plenty of boxes for your plants and don’t forget to visit an ATM on Friday to avoid disappointment of missing out on sooooooooo many good selections for your garden. Professional advise free from all four of these industry gardens and looking forward to seeing you here at ‘Sea-Changer’ where I’ll be spreading the “gardens made from plants” love all day !!
Nothing says exotica like the Giant Duchman’s Pipe Vine ..at
Living Edge garden & nursery
1483 Peats Ridge Rd, Peats Ridge, opens Saturday 5th March 10am – 4pm for ‘Planty Fierce’4 gardens 1 day FREE !
.. and this is just the tip of the ‘Living Edge’ iceberg when it comes to the kind of horticultural treasure you can expect to find at Blake Jolley and David Fripp’s garden & nursery.
Blake’s impeccable eye has masterfully combined the richly ornamental band width of planting coming from David’s collection and a lifetime of his experience as a gifted propagator with an penchant for the unusual.
So really, I urge you not to miss this amazing, never before seen garden of great beauty and very chic combinations, as part of ‘Planty Fierce’ and bring your pennies and plenty of boxes as you WILL be sorely tempted for your own garden 😮
Just 14 days now until you could be standing in front of ‘Sea-Changer’s’ Mirror Deck, part of my first seaside home garden effort,that’s barely at its first season but already with an impressive youthful high summer flush, thanks to regular rain.
Mark your planners NOW to see all 4 never before opened, exciting ‘Planty Fierce’ gardens on the Central Coast on the 1 day. Avoid the disappointment of missing out on some of the best warm temperate, coastal planting available from sales tables at each garden, just bulging with garden treasures you’ll probably never see again..
… just a little taster of what you can expect across the Coachwood sales tables at ‘Sea-Changer’ for ‘Planty Fierce’ as one my preferred Designer Growers Network suppliers. Bring extra pennies and plenty of boxes because there are plant sales at both ‘Paradox’ and ‘Living Edge’ also !!
For the ‘Plantiest” day possible, can I suggest the following itinerary assuming you are on the Pacific Motorway heading north before 9am –
10am Peter Nixon’s ‘Sea-Changer’ designer coastal garden
“Planty Fierce” 4 never before opened Central Coast gardens on 1 day FREE, Saturday 5th March 10am – 4pm with designer plants sales for your garden.
Why not plan a lovely day out of the city with a friend who shares the same interest and you could be strolling through 4 lush gardens on the Central Costa .. including my new ‘Sea-Changer’ here at Forresters Beach :0
Yes that’s right, I’m opening my ‘Sea-Changer’ garden on the first weekend in March with 3 other never before opened, exciting coastal gardens to show you !! None are more than 20 mins from each other and Cathy & Tony Tabone’s beautiful acreage at 21 Toomeys Road, Mt Elliote has some of the best warm temperate coastal gardening can offer, like this rush of Giant Potato Vine following the rear northern house face. Might give you ideas on getting privacy for your own garden, supported independently on Grow Cables to make the most of these gorgeous Wedgwood blue flowers.
Plan a delicious lunch at any of the nearby cafes like Lotus at Wambaral or Bamboo Buddha Holgate for a perfect day.
Stay tuned for more posts on the other gardens in coming weeks.. :))
Ok I’ve been here at Forresters Beach nearly 18 months now and in that time I’ve seen quite a few very good private gardens made by obsessively talented “planty” industry colleagues that have never been opened before.
‘Paradox’ garden in Glenning Valley is one of them, open FREE Saturday, 5th March 10am – 4pm as part of a designer ramble I’m calling “Planty Fierce”.
From an unassuming laneway ‘Paradox’ rushes at you from the drive like a richly encrusted pizza. Looking at closer proximity, its clear the entire garden is woven together like a tight rug of jewel coloured textures. Its creator Ray Henderson is an unrepenting bromelia-holic as you will freely see looking across this astonishing combination of Bromeliaceae from the tiniest treasure to enormous hero plants, skilfully heightened with contrasting euphorbia, hesperaloe, furcraea, mangave, ensetes, greyia, crassula, beschorneria, oscularia and many, many more …
Leaving without a piece of ‘Paradox’ from Ray’s sales section is unthinkable so bring cash and boxes, you WILL be sorely tempted here …. Especially in view of the vast majority of bromeliads suited to full sun conditions to bring your garden extra punch where a blast of foliage colour is required, the spectacular flowers are just a bonus !!