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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…

all the leaves are brown

Posted: May 30, 2016 by Mo Crow in gardening, It's Crow Time

autumn-leavesall the leaves are brown
autumn leaves in the highlands near Sturt Gallery on Saturday

Agapanthus “Blue Ice”

Posted: February 6, 2016 by Mo Crow in gardening, It's Crow Time
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Agapanthus-Blue-IceAgapanthus “Blue Ice” is a new cultivar of a tough and hardy plant that grows well here in Sydney
school children delight in beheading them with sticks and shouting like the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland
“Off with their heads!”
Olive Cotton Agapanthus 1955“Agapanthus” (1955) silver gelatin photograph by Olive Cotton