Monthly Archives: December 2015

“Planty Fierce” … a Central Costa “Paradox”

 

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Dracaena draco “Paradox” hero plant

And it is a paradox that Ray Henderson’s garden, by the same name, springs from the floor of Glenning Valley with such a rude blast ..

But why not ? It was certainly a no brainer for inclusion in “Planty Fierce,  a FREE 1 day garden-fest on Saturday 5th March,’16 of 4 fabulous, never before open to the public Central Coast gardens within 30 minutes of each other, so you can easily see them all with lunch at any of the best cafe’s within easy reach – what’s not to like ? Mark your planners now ..

 

At first, “Paradox” rushes at you from the drive like an irresistible, richly encrusted pizza and then, on closer inspection, it  becomes clear there’s a closely woven selection of plants going on here … each located with such great care that a strange cohesiveness binds all into one vibrant whole.

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Super charged, “Paradox”

It is a horticultural BLAST, mostly comprising the most sci-fi bromeliads, with complementary daubs of furcrea, aeonium, crassula and kalanchoe. A euphorbia here as ultra fine against a casual rug of oscularia there, with an outcrop of agave over there … you can feel the frisson just standing in front of this garden.

Many of Ray’s exceptional bromeliad hybrids and species for sale, bring plenty of cash and boxes you’ll need them !!!  

“Paradox” FREE Entry at “Planty Fierce”, Saturday 5th March 10am till 4pm

Ray Henderson, 25 Curringa Close, Glenning Valley 0413 345 297

rayhenderson007@yahoo.com.au 

Warm Bulbs are here to stay …

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Hippeastrum aulicum – Equestrian Star Flower

Yes that’s right and species hippeastrum are spear heading the Amarylid Group in showing us designers what a versatile range of warm bulbs they really are ..

Crinums, Amaryllis, Sprekelia, Agapanthus, Clivea, Cyrtanthus and Scadoxus and many more, they all belong to this fabulous lily group and an increasing number of non-general line growers offering these seasonal flares to add to your work – just have to find out where they are !!

Charles Harland is a regular at Fairs like Collectors Plant Fair and Central Coast Plant Lovers together with his son Clayton and has been skilfully hybridising because…. because HE CAN 😮 

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Hippeastrum aulicum x cybista

Easy to grow and beautiful to look at, these highly ornamental South Americans adapt easily to our East Coast Australian gardens and beyond. Some even lend themselves to Greenwall work as epiphytes or are lithophytic across rock crevices in moist micro-climates with leaf litter and surrounding tree sheltered bright light or morning sun. Undemanding, the only achilles heel they have is the gregarious striped Lily Caterpillar. Otherwise you can set and forget and be rewarded anytime between November and May with swathes of these elegant flowers that bring an easy grace to any garden.

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Hippeastrum (cybista x aulicum & looks like some interesting back crosses to get these raspberry swirls)
Clay & Charles at Collectors Plant Fair
Clay & Charles at Collectors Plant Fair

Charles and Clayton Harland, Harlands Nursery 0423 327 700 in Sydney’s south west