Archive for the ‘gardening’ Category

yesterday we visited the Southern Africa Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens here in Sydney
the fabulously horrid Eastern Cape Blue cycads are thriving
the formidable spines and very stiff leaves of Encephalartos horridus
will go back in spring when the weather is warmer to draw this amazing plant!

gardening for a living

Posted: May 29, 2019 by Mo Crow in gardening, It's Crow Time

the Mexican Tree Daisies are spectacular this year in one of our biggest gardens
we are still gardening to keep a roof over our heads and food in the bellies but in two years when I am eligible for the Age Pension we want to move to a cottage in the Blue Mountains, will catch the train up to Medlow Bath today to take a sticky at this place
it was advertised for rent in May last year, have my fingers x-ed it comes up for rent again in 2021 when we’re ready to move!
and talking of nesting, here’s some photos of a bower bird’s nest taken by my friend Julie in Bellingen
such an extraordinary aesthetic
oh to be free as a bird…
one day

windfall of Hakea laurina

Posted: April 2, 2019 by Mo Crow in gardening, It's Crow Time

On Sunday we were called out to stake up a Hakea laurina that had fallen over in the high winds on Saturday afternoon in one of our gardens, we don’t usually work on a Sunday but this was an emergency for one of our favourite plants!
We had to cut off several branches of flowers to take the strain off the roots when we tied it back up
gardeners perquisite
Michele and Justine kept a stem and caught this beautiful detail
and there was plenty for Dotti and Renate’s birthdays!
Magic Days!

photo credits:
1 Rod Morgan, 2 & 3 Mo Orkiszewski, 4 Michele O’Young, 5 & 6 Dorothea Dauter

I love my day job!

Posted: April 21, 2018 by Mo Crow in gardening, It's Crow Time
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Old Man Crow and I work as horticulturists to pay the rent, keep food on the table & has the added bonus of keeping our feet firmly planted in the ground. This is a photo of me with a Peppercorn (Schinus molle) we planted two years ago to send to another customer as I want to plant one in her garden for shade. I love the aromatic foliage,  graceful habit and small pink berries.
‘Garden Advisory Service’ by Michael Leunig

time out of time

Posted: January 30, 2017 by Mo Crow in gardening, It's Crow Time

cannonball-tree-flowerCannonball Tree flowering in Cairns Botanic Gardens
Anthurium in the new conservatory
this butterfly fluttered over to land on my wrist after I took its photo !
Bat Flower
so many different textures and arrangements in the foliage and flowers of this one plant
(sorry don’t know it and couldn’t find the name tag)
PS it’s Phyllodium longipes aka dragon’s tongue
PPS correction Phyllodium pulchellum (very closely related)

a strangler fig’s weaving work, the trunk that it wound around is gone, leaving a wonderful piece of natural basketry holding the spirit of the gone tree


Posted: December 23, 2016 by Mo Crow in gardening, It's Crow Time

hoya-flower-dec16Hoya flower in the garden

the exquisite point

Posted: July 27, 2016 by Mo Crow in gardening, It's Crow Time

AOP HeartRoses are one of my favorite plants, the perfume, the delicacy of the petals, the exquisite point of the thorns…
I healed this cracked engraved and slumped flashed glass heart with rose petals, a turquoise and a pair of swallow wings back in 2004
whilst gardening yesterday a rose thorn spiked my crown chakra
take-time-to-smell-the-roses-Mo16a perfectly dried Cecil Brunner rose from back in May
rosea left over from the Rose Book
movement copy   an old drawing from back in 2004 exploring ideas of Energy & Movement through the chakras
the crown chakra is where the light gets in
holding that rose thorn in my crown chakra for 3 hours helped let the light in…