GARDEN

My garden is my reason for living. Many may have larger ambition, but my true happiness resides deep within my garden bed. My plants are my inspiration and my driving force, they are my advisors and my true companions. It was after I moved house late last year, into a place with old gardens, neglected for the best part of half a century, that my love for gardening freed itself from an unhappy place in my mind. The house I grew up in had sprawling gardens. It was a semi-rural place when my family moved in, but, as time went by, people gradually encroached on the surrounding land. Never the less, we had a very large, very established garden that acted as the local gathering point for countless parrots, koalas, magpies and lizards. When I was a child I would spend days, from dawn until dusk, experiencing everyday wonders through the goings on of the undergrowth.

As I grew through the awful years of adolescence, I parted ways with much of what I had once loved.  It wasn't until I realised I had spent the past 5 years doing and being things that made me unhappy that I began the long and laborious task of regaining my roots.

You can't get sick of gardening, sure you may tire after a day of heavy planting in the sun, but the riches of the garden keep you coming back. 

My friends tell me I am an 80 year old at heart, and that is unequivocally true, I would never have it any other way. I have never obeyed trends, not as an open, considered act of rebellion, but instead as a result of being completely disinterested altogether, I guess my love of gardening and staying home as many Friday nights a year as possible is all part of that.

The truth is, there is very little difference between my artistic expression and the ferns in my greenhouse, or any of my plants, for that matter. Though one might be quick to assume the banality of these plants, and see some of what I create as high abstraction and progressive, the truth is the antithesis. I, and indeed you too, are but pawns in the life and dominion of these botanical beings, and we would do best to respect and live harmoniously with them.

new fronds
new fronds
view from my bedroom window
view from my bedroom window
Hoya weeping in the sun
Hoya weeping in the sun
Paving the Greenhouse
Paving the Greenhouse
Planting Tulips in late Winter
Planting Tulips in late Winter
Hydrangea Macrophylla
Hydrangea Macrophylla
A snail on the Violas
A snail on the Violas
A gecko climbing the window
A gecko climbing the window
new fronds
new fronds
My oldest Hydrangea
My oldest Hydrangea
Willow in the morning sun
Willow in the morning sun
Arrival of Goliath, 50yo staghorn
Arrival of Goliath, 50yo staghorn
fern house in summer
fern house in summer
Hydrangea Macrophylla
Hydrangea Macrophylla
hidden creek near the house
hidden creek near the house
A gecko in a tree fern
A gecko in a tree fern
bedroom window
bedroom window
Anemones and Hydrangeas
Anemones and Hydrangeas
Cricket in the baby tears
Cricket in the baby tears
New fronds in spring
New fronds in spring
new growth on the ginger lily
new growth on the ginger lily
Giant Clematis in Spring
Giant Clematis in Spring
tiny violet growing in baby tears
tiny violet growing in baby tears
Hydrangea Macrophylla
Hydrangea Macrophylla
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IMG_0877
shade house clean out
shade house clean out
tiny toadstool
tiny toadstool
New additions
New additions
funeral rose
funeral rose
pink clematis
pink clematis
transplanting an old native iris
transplanting an old native iris
camellia collection
camellia collection
Arums growing in the shade
Arums growing in the shade
Camellia Collection
Camellia Collection
A visitor
A visitor
Cyclamens in the shade house
Cyclamens in the shade house
honey bee in a camellia
honey bee in a camellia
misty morning
misty morning
clematis in pot
clematis in pot
berries of the elephant ears
berries of the elephant ears
beauties of the shade
beauties of the shade
Camellias
Camellias
carnivorous plants
carnivorous plants
bees attracted to the new garden bed
bees attracted to the new garden bed
the sun garden
the sun garden
garden valley
garden valley
toadstools in the shade
toadstools in the shade
quiet evening
quiet evening
Camellia Collection
Camellia Collection
Giant Clematis Macro
Giant Clematis Macro
before paving
before paving
The pond at its best in summer
The pond at its best in summer
Wasp on the deadly nightshade
Wasp on the deadly nightshade
nursery visit
nursery visit
maiden hair in the breeze
maiden hair in the breeze
spring growth
spring growth
under the wisteria
under the wisteria
berries after the flowers
berries after the flowers
the sunflower from 'Ode to Plants'
the sunflower from 'Ode to Plants'
new anemone leaves
new anemone leaves