All posts by Peter Nixon

‘Planty Fierce ’18 was great and a sunny brom grower for you too.. !

Coachwood sales tables loaded with 'planty' treasures
Coachwood sales tables loaded with ‘planty’ treasures
_C8A2446
Ros Andrews myself and friend getting ‘planty’
IMG_9696
Brendan Lewis, Peter Nixon & Graeme Greenhalge, past fierce but still ‘planty’

Late last month on Sat 28th April, brought a fresh Autumn day for ‘Planty Fierce’  after a much needed morning shower to both my ‘Sea-Changer’ and Ray Henderson’s ‘Paradox’ and plenty of interest from visitors looking for inspiration and a few new treasures from Peter & Ruth Donnelly’s Coachwood sales tables for their own gardens.

Many plants at ‘Sea-Changer’ are grown by Ruth & Peter,       

Rhipsalis grandiflora, part of the mirror surround at 'Sea-Changer'
Rhipsalis grandiflora from Coachwood, part of the mirror surround at ‘Sea-Changer’

If sun adaptable bromeliads would get you out of a lot of trouble, for that elevated N/W aspect you’re wrestling with for your client’s design…. look no further than Ray Henderson Horticulture to see his heroic ‘Paradox’ plantings at  Central Coast’s Glenning Valley.

Aechmea blanchetiana hybrid at 'Paradox' in full northern aspect
Aechmea blanchetiana hybrid at ‘Paradox’ in full northern aspect
IMG_3453
Portia petropolitana extensa hybrid with amethyst berries with Hohenbergia at ‘Paradox’
IMG_3458
Rich textural contrasts at ‘Paradox’ by Ray Henderson

 Ray is your ‘go to guy’ for a myriad of sun adaptable aechmea, billbergia, hohenbergia and even neoregelia that will LOVE your western aspect, even growing as lithophytes over rock with limited or no irrigation. This is the best time of year to plant too,  going into cooler weather to give your plants time to adjust into the increasing heat of next season sans scorch and with dazzling ‘stained glass’ colours.   

Ray Henderson Hotriculture – 25 Curringa Close, Glenning Valley 0490 263 416‬  

Ruth & Peter Donnally – Coachwood Nursery 0432 590 754 and by appointment 

‘Planty Fierce’ Saturday week, 28th April 2018 ‘Sea-Changer’ & ‘Paradox’

Rich textures & foliage colours at Ray Henderson’s ‘Paradox’

Cool sub-tropics gardens ‘Paradox’ and ‘Sea-Changer’ open for ‘Planty Fierce’ on the Central Coast (maps on links) … less than two weeks away !! Inspiration for your home garden or your client’s design and many plants from both gardens available for sale on the day. At ‘Paradox’ learn from Ray Henderson, the huge range of sun adaptable bromeliads that can be grown north facing when you plant them at the right time of year … Find out more about the kind of medium he uses, when to fertilise and how far apart your plants should be for best results.

Bruce Buddha on Peter Nixon’s Mirror Deck in greenwall surround at ‘Sea-Changer’

So many beautiful sub-tropical offerings for your garden from Peter & Ruth Donnally’s Coachwood sales tables at ‘Sea-Changer’.

Bellaperone – big red
Opuntia ‘Burbank’s Spineless’
Ipomea quamoclit – Cypress Vine
Ruellia elegans – Brazilian Petunia

At ‘Sea-Changer’ Peter will give a 2pm designer’s ‘walk & talk’ on how easily new plants could grow for your exciting new home garden or for your designs. So get your gardening buddy, colleague horticulturist, landscaper or garden designer friend together by sharing the ‘Planty Fierce’ link. Be on the Motorway on ramp at Wahroonga by 9am for the hour or so jaunt up to the Central Coast for a fun day of garden visits either side of lunch in Holgate at Bamboo Buddha !!   

Peter’s 2pm ‘walk & talk’ at ‘Sea-Changer’ 

‘Planty Fierce’ Saturday, 28th April 10am – 4pm, $10 gate each garden, children under 12 free, no dogs, easy parking.

‘Paradox’ 25 Curringa Close, Glenning ValleyRay Henderson Horticulture 0490 263 416‬

‘Sea-Changer’ 21 Lavinia Street, Forresters Beach – Peter Nixon, Paradisus Garden Design     

0418 161513         

‘Planty Fierce’ Sat 28th April ‘Sea-Changer’ & ‘Paradox’

Manettia cordifolia – Brazilian Firecracker Vine at ‘Sea-Changer’ shade hut, a thick, high summer rug of tiny scarlet bells

Garden Lovers, see Facebook Event page for Planty Fierce details this year, bringing you two Central Coast gardens. Visit Ray Henderson’s iconic ‘Paradox’ at Glenning Valley in the morning and my ‘Sea-Changer’  after lunch at nearby Forresters Beach. Its a lovely day out of the city, to see a pair of exciting designer gardens as inspiration for your own, just an hour’s drive north on the Pacific Motorway from the on ramp at Wahroonga. 

‘Paradox’ vibrant textures and exciting plants sales

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible, I’ll be giving a ‘ Q & A walk & talk’ at 2pm 

Peter Nixon’s ‘Sea-Changer’ – 21 Lavinia Street, Forresters Beach plant sales by Coachwood’s Ruth & Peter Donnally  

Ray Henderson’s ‘Paradox’ – 25 Curringa Close, Glenning Valley plants sales featuring sun tolerant bromeliads with designer companion plantings

NOTE: many of the plants you see at each garden will be for sale on the day !!  

Best wishes, Peter 

Peter Nixon – Convenor, Designer Growers Network

‘Planty Fierce’ is almost here THIS Sat 29th April … !

This Saturday, 29th April ‘Planty Fierce’ opens 10am – 4pm $5 entry each garden, across three wildly exciting and horticulturally driven spaces made from plants. 

‘Living Edge Garden’ – Frogs Foot Coleus (Solonostemon), Lomandra ‘Little Con’, Justicea betonica backed in Panicum ‘Heavy Metal’ by David Fripp & Blake Jolley at 1483 Peats Ridge Rd, Peats Ridge

Living Edge Garden by David Fripp & Blake Jolley at 1483 Peats Ridge Rd, Peats Ridge

Ray Henderson’s ‘Paradox’ Billbergia fasciata ‘Sangria’, Aechmea sp. backed with Ensetes ventricosum – Abyssinian Banana &
Furcraea foetida mediopicta variegata

‘Paradox’ by Ray Henderson at 25 Curringa Close, Glenning Valley

‘Sea-Changer’s … Sea Monkey garden of rich contrasts

‘Sea-Changer’ by Peter Nixon at 21 Lavinia Street, Forresters Beach

 

See all event details, map & lunch suggestions at Facebook’s event page ‘Planty Fierce’  Expert horticultural and design ideas for your gardens, with exciting designer plants sales at each garden – bring plenty of boxes, you’ll need them!

Kalanchoe humilis – Pen Wiper Plant for the sunny plot
Begonia textures perfect for shady groundcovers
Tradescantia sp. for sun or shade as pretty wed suppresser
Keen interest from last year’s ‘Planty Fierce’ ..

Peter Nixon’s 2pm designer “walk & talk” at ‘Sea-Changer’ and weather forecast is Good !!!   

Robin Powell’s feature on ‘Sea-Changer’ for ‘Planty Fierce’ in last Saturday’s SMH Spectrum .. see you there !!!

‘Planty Fierce’ Sat week on 29th April … !

Peter Nixon’s ‘Sea-Changer’ for Paradisus at Forresters Beach – Dichorisandra’s Blue Ginger heads popping with Alocasia mafafa ‘Lime Zinger’ against pink puffs of Calliandra haematocephala

So much ‘Planty Fierce’ for you on Saturday week 29th April … 10am – 4pm

Start at any of these three fabulous Central Coast gardens only 20 mins apart, bursting with designer inspiration made by industry horticulturists. These are their own home gardens, where they have really been able to let it rip in mining the rich vein of warm temperate coastal plant selection.

As featured on Easter Sat’s SMH in Robin Powell’s gardening page for Spectrum 

 

David Fripp & Blake Jolley’s ‘Living Edge’ at Peats Ridge,  with sculptural Agave sp. with A. gypsophila & Achmea bracteata
Belle guarding the ‘Paradox’ welcome garden by sun bromeliad specialist Ray Henderson with Portmea ‘Joe’ flushing into spike

Address details & lunch suggestions from the ‘Planty Fierce’ FB Event page  Its a great garden day out of Sydney with exciting plant sales for your own garden at every destination,so bring plenty of boxes as you’ll be sorely tempted ! Designer Peter Nixon with give a “walk & talk” at ‘Sea-Changer’ at 2pm and $5 entry at each garden, (no doggies please). Event map shown at.. Sea Changer Map – 2017

‘Planty Fierce’ … Sat 29th April, just 2 weeks away !

Belle guarding the ‘Paradox’ welcome garden by Ray Henderson at Gleaning Valley
Stapelia gigantea opeing at ‘Sea-Changer’s’ Shade Hut Foresters Beach by Peter Nixon
High contrasts at ‘Living Edge’ by David Fripp & Blake Jolley at Peats Ridge

That’s right, so mark your planners now !!

Recent rain since January & February’s heat has brought all three Central Coast gardens open Sat fortnight 29th April, 10am – 4pm for ‘Planty Fierce’ $5 entry at each garden, (cash only) including my own ‘Sea-Changer’ into their best condition for this season. There’s a suggested visiting order toes these inspiring industry gardens, all created by horticulturalists shown on the above link but you could just as easily reverse the order, starting at Peats Ridge for ‘Living Edge’ coming down into Glenning Valley for Ray Henderson’s ‘Paradox’ and onto Forresters Beach for my ‘Sea-Changer’. Whichever way you do it, for the “plantiest” day out of Sydney, best to get yourself onto the Pacific Motorway by 8.30am to get plenty of visiting time, lunch at several nearby cafe’s (as listed on link) AND of course, to get the best opportunity at snapping up some of the most exciting designer planting for your own garden with plant sales at all three gardens… !!

Really hope to see you all and I’ll be giving an informal 2pm “walk & talk” here at ‘Sea-Changer’ to reveal some of the best planting here for your own garden.  

Peter Nixon ‘Sea-Changer’ – 21 Lavinia Street, Forresters Beach www.peternixon.com.au  

David Fripp & Blake Jolley ‘Living Edge’ -1483 Peats Ridge Rd, Peats Ridge

Ray Henderson ‘Paradox’ – 25 Curringa Close, Glenning Valley     

‘Planty Fierce’ 3 gardens, 1 day Sat 29th April 10am – 4pm, $5 ea garden

‘Planty Fierce’ Sat 29th April, 2017

3 Central Coast industry gardens within 2o mins of each other, 1 day 10am till 4pm, $5 tiny dollars entry each garden, (children free, no dogs) PLUS fabulous plant sales at every garden. How can you resist !!!

We’ve shifted the date from early March to the cooler prospect of latest April, well after Easter, to make the ‘plantiest’ day possible for you .. all 3 gardens will be at their late summer peak.

Lush abundance at ‘Sea-Changer’

‘Sea-Changer’ – 21 Lavinia Street, Forresters Beach – for Paradisus by Designer Peter Nixon

Rich textural contrasts of ‘Paradox’

‘Paradox’ – 25 Curringa Close, Glenning Valley by specialist sun bromeliad grower Ray Henderson

Bush chic at ‘Living Edge’

‘Living Edge’ Garden & Nursery – 1483 Peats Ridge Rd, Peats Ridge supplied by Plantsman David Fripp designer by Blake Jolley 

I (Peter Nixon) will be giving a half hour garden ‘walk & talk’ 2pm at ‘Sea-Changer’. Lunch at nearby cafe’s, see the Facebook Event ‘Planty Fierce’ for details. A pleasant hour’s drive from the Wahroonga on ramp, leave home by 8.30am for the most ‘Planty’ fun on the Central Coast you’ll have outside a Plant Fair.. !!

Fierce ‘Planty Fierce’ …

Coachwood's plant fever at 'Sea-Changer'
Coachwood’s Ruth Donnally, fielding her plant fever sales at ‘Sea-Changer’

Last Saturday’s ‘Planty Fierce’ at all 4 Central Coast gardens was an unqualified success … Under a brilliant sky, plant sales were brisk and event goers very pleased to see inspirational, never before opened garden spaces they could relate to, with low risk but interesting plants to take home and try in their own gardens that will thrive in similar coastal growing conditions.  

BW 021759 BA
Seeing and discussing planting at ‘Sea-Changer’

As one ‘Planty Fierce’ attendee put it –  

“Feeling privileged! Planty Fierce did not disappoint. Living Edge was breathtaking; Tabone serene; Paradox an artist’s palette; and Seachanger thrilling. Thank you to owners for opening their very special gardens.”                                                                                                  Michelle Arnebark, President, Green Point Garden Club

Peter Nixon talking with palm specialist & former Pres. Syd sub-Trop Garden Soc Fred Moody
‘Planty Fierce’ convener Peter Nixon talking with palm specialist & former Pres. Syd sub-Trop Garden Soc Fred Moody

Thank you Michelle and thanks also to Cathy & Tony Tabone at ‘Tabone Garden’, Ray Henderson at ‘Paradox’, David Fripp & Blake Jolley at ‘Living Edge’ and my very special ‘Sea-Changer’ Helpers Wendy Pritchard & Brent Wilson, Ambra Sancin and Chantelle Leenstra.     

BW 021746 BA
So appreciative, just some of the 350 strong garden public surging through ‘Sea-Changer’

Thanks to all those who came along for some or all that           

‘Planty Fierce’ had to offer. It was so good, we might just have to do it all again … !!!!

‘Planty Fierce’ Event Map ..

Worsleya procera -  Blue Hippeastrum
Worsleya procera – Blue Hippeastrum

Mia culpa maxima … forgot to send you a map guide for this Saturday 5th March to get around to all four fierce garden offerings !! Just click here on  ‘Planty Fierce’ to print off the reverse side that has an easy map to follow, showing all garden addresses and their map locations. 

Have the plantiest fierce day ever … !!!

Peter Nixon – Paradisus ‘Sea-Changer’  

Planty Fierce…. its here this Saturday !

There are four “planty” destinations for you, or you can see all four FREE with the best event map to make the plantiest day possible, here on the Central Coast at ‘Planty Fierce’ this                       

Saturday 5th March 10am – 4pm 

Costus after
Costus after
Costus comosus X belize
Costus comosus X belize
Costus comosus X erythrophyllus 'Oxley Ruby'
Costus comosus X erythrophyllus ‘Oxley Ruby’

Get onto the Pacific Hwy Wahroonga on ramp by 9am and start with my ‘Sea-Changer’ at 21 Lavinia Street, Forresters Beach with an ETA around 10am. Your Event Map at the gate on FREE entry and see the lush Spiral Gingers as featured this week on Catherine Stewart’s illustrious Garden Drum    

Coachwood at 'Sea-Changer' - Euphorbia caput-medusae - Medusa's Head
Coachwood plants sales at ‘Sea-Changer’ – Euphorbia caput-medusae – Medusa’s Head

.. before leaving, head over to peruse just some of Coachwood Nursery’s planty treasures available for sale, as precious momentos of your day at  ‘Sea-Changer’ for your own garden … EXCITEMENT !!

IMG_8921 (4)
Tillandsia and Neoregelia at the ‘Tabone Garden’

Then around 11am zoom up to the sweeping curves of            ‘Tabone Garden’ 21 Toomeys Road, Mt Elliotewhere owners Cathy and Tony Tabone have lovingly made this beautiful acreage garden graced with interesting plants like the Rangoon Creeper, Golden Spider Lilly, Giant Potato Vine and the dainty Nodding Clerodendron (C. nutans). 

Pop over to Bamboo Buddha at 221 Wattle Tree Road, Holgate for a lovely vegetarian lunch in the Zen garden or Lutus 127A Ocean View Drive, Wambaral for snappy beachside cafe fare.      

'Paradox' richly textural rug of foliage colour blasts
‘Paradox’ richly textural rug of foliage colour blasts

Next on offer is horticulturist Ray Henderson’s fierce ‘Paradox’ around 1.30 – 2pm, 25 Curringa Close, Glenning Valley featuring many of his new  “Hot Brom” neoregelias as currently featured in Horticultural Journal.

Save some penny’s for Ray’s exceptional full sun bromeliads that will transform your garden with their “stained glass” winter effect and exhilarating seasonal flowers such a bonus.. !

'Living Edge' garden chic
‘Living Edge’ garden chic

Cap off your day beautifully on the way home if returning to Sydney, at 1483 Peats Ridge Rd, Peats Ridge where plantsmen David Fripp & Blake Jolley’s ‘Living Edge’ garden cornucopia of very telling combinations, with rare plant sales to die for …

So, bring plenty of boxes for your plants and don’t forget to visit an ATM on Friday to avoid disappointment of missing out on sooooooooo many good selections for your garden. Professional advise free from all four of these industry gardens and looking forward to seeing you here                                  at ‘Sea-Changer’ where I’ll be spreading the “gardens made from plants” love all day !!