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Winter here, missing Sydney summer

The hard freezes have done some damage here at Dancing Red Ranch. The oleander hedge has turned crispy brown, and I’m unsure which of my new fall plantings in the Well House Garden will return with the spring. But that’s the adventure of gardening! We’ve gotten an excellent head start on annual maintenance. This year, […]

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My rescue garden

Some people have rescue pets; I have a rescue garden. It’s the one in Sydney, begun by my in-laws when the house was built in 1966. In the past decades, it suffered severely from benign neglect. Three years after we took a metaphorical machete to the overgrowth, it’s coming along as a blend of venerable […]

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Things I didn’t photograph

I am a constant gardener, but an unconstant blogger. If I were as devoted a blogger as a gardener, I’d have pictures for you of the lovely garden we’ve left on its own to enter spring and early summer in Sydney. I’d have pictures of our Eremophila nivea, a bushy silver-gray native that is notoriously […]

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Greenhouse envy

I’m a sucker for any kind of  “backstage” tour, and the glasshouse tour at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney was no disappointment. Led by botanist Dr. Dale Dixon, Curator Manager at the garden, we made our way through the new tropical display house, known as Latitude 23, which is home to an amazing collection of […]

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Sunflowers, by way of Berlin

I had better luck sowing seeds this year than ever before. Beside the hollyhocks from Georgia O’Keeffe’s garden, I sowed sunflower (tithonia rotundifolia) seeds that I bought at one of the most wonderful artist home/gardens I’ve ever visited: the Max Liebermann Villa outside of Berlin on Lake Wannsee. Here’s what the seedlings looked like when […]

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Far from England . . .

For the first time in several years, we did not take our annual springtime trek to England. Instead, I must be satisfied with my own foxgloves, in Austin, in what I call (aspirationally) the “cottage garden.”

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At Dancing Red, a lush shade bed

There is one tiny spot of shade at Dancing Red Ranch, and it’s taken me a lot of years to get it right. With the help of landscape designer and radio host Sheryl McLaughlin (if you don’t listen to her weekly show, you should!), I planted up a shade-, drought-, and deer-tolerant bed last year. […]

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Meanwhile, back in Sydney

A few days after our dear neighbor sent this photo of our glorious corymbia ‘Summer Red’ in full flower, she emailed this other photo of a large, fallen limb of the jacaranda several yards away. Apparently the corymbia needs a stake, but will survive! (Work to do on that limb when we return . . […]

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Sunflowers

The several times I have attempted to sow seeds, I have been spectacularly unsuccessful. But look at these sunflowers (tithonia rotundifolia)! I bought the seeds from one of my all-time favorite artist’s home/gardens, the Max Liebermann Villa outside of Berlin on Lake Wannsee. We spent a magical day there last year. I sowed the seeds […]

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Spring flowers

It was a perfect spring weekend at Dancing Red Ranch. Soft sunshine with a soft breeze, buzzing bees and hummingbirds as loud as jet engines. A mama bird continuing her duties in the birdhouse outside the bedroom french doors. And Ross continuing to replant the languishing lavender field as a rosemary field. The rosemary hedge […]

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