Thursday, July 29, 2010

Reminders of autumn...

I had an area in the garden to develop this year, so I combined orange flowers of Ligularia, crocrosmia, helenium and gazanias with dark purple/bronze foliage of flaxes, ligularia, etc, plus russet grasses (and existing Magnolia garndiflora and Totara trees). Late summer and autumn had all this sizzling colour that was a great change from the rest of the garden. Great to do in gardens seen on their own, where it won't clash with other combinations. Also added strawberries (as groundcover) and hellebores. Chooks demolished the strawberries though! Best kept under cages - that's the chooks and strawberries!!

Inspiration from France 2008

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The team at work

Planting at Glenwood Masonic Hospital, March 2010. Fantastic job to work on. Note to self: must get photos of finished gardens for you to see.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sue Lund painting

Have just put up this gorgeous vibrant painting in my office by a very funky lady in Newtown called Sue Lund. Isn't she cool???

I want one of her crazy painted mannequins, too! She could wave at passersby, from my office window!! This lady is sitting in The Academy Gallery window to lure the punters in!!

Sue exhibits regularly at The Academy Gallery in Wellington. Check out her website:

Magnolia grandiflora

Here's one of my favourite photos to get us started! Magnolia grandiflora at my office. Isn't the detail amazing?