Cheryl’s Garden

Twilight draws in as we make our way past charming front gardens gracing these backstreets of Richmond. The gentrified, leafy ambience is a far cry from the Richmond of my childhood, bleak mean streets of grotty factories, ugly brick terraces, bitumen, bluestone, concrete and poverty, unrelieved by leaf or petal…

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Up a Garden Path

Even before I enter the temple, some indefinable quality about it draws my attention. Just through the entrance, to my right, a stone pathway leads to a small side gate half open, revealing, tantalising. Beside the path, a few azaleas, rocks, moss – the usual elements of the Japanese garden.…

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The Grasstree

Just like a parent, a gardener shouldn’t have favourites. But you do, don’t you? Can’t help it. The grasstree Xanthorrea is one of three favourites in my garden that I can’t choose between, each of them achieving ‘Best in Garden’ status for completely different reasons. So what does the grasstree…

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