Posts Tagged ‘garden’

Peter Webb plant guru extraordinaire

Posted: July 13, 2019 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Peter Webb is the most connected, intuitive, gentle gardener and artist I know, we first met in the 70’s in Melbourne when he was working as the seed collector for the Botanic Gardens, he showed me how plants communicate and wisely advised to start collecting seeds way back then. The beautiful stained glass windows he designed and made for a friend’s house in the Dandenongs inspired me to start working with glass even though the thought of cutting myself was so scary it took a few years to steel my nerves. Peter has lived in Brazil since the early 80’s collecting seeds and reconnecting people with the land and plants with such deep heart & his partner Bel Cesar.
He gave me these beautiful words half a lifetime ago
“Spirit likes to see us dance on the shifting sands of change”
here’s a link to a public lecture he gave in Senegal earlier this year
Peter Webb RAW Academié Germination
(this lecture is spoken in English with a French translator for the audience, if you want to skip the introduction in French, Peter begins his talk at 7:20 minutes)
love how he says in closing that the only hope for our world is art, not just in the galleries but on the street, in our lives. How we need to be creative, to trust our sensitivities to help make sense of our world, to understand each other and create a way to heal ourselves and our beautiful broken world.

namaste

A treasured memory with Peter was helping out on his wild block of land in the Otways of Victoria in about 1978. Earlier in the year he had a local bulldozer driver push in a road with an area cleared & leveled for the tiny wooden house he built by hand. A bunch of us young hippies camped there one weekend to help sow an acre of meadow garden to revegetate the building site. We woke at dawn to meditate with the rising sun, then broadcast buckets of mixed flower and herb seeds harrowing them in by harnessing ourselves to long pieces of wood with nails for tines. We finished the last of the harrowing just on sunset with the Full Moon rising as a gentle rain came down to water in all the seeds, one of the most magical experiences of my life.

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!

home sweet home

Posted: November 14, 2018 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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yesterday we had our first house inspection with the new real estate agent with only 24 hours notice, always have to worry a bit about what on earth they will think of us and this wild old lady of a house!?
the lounge room full of plants and art
looking into the studio
the office
dining room
industrial storage shelves
the milk crate wardrobe
the view from the bedroom window is nearly private, we will celebrate ten years here on December 1st
Old Man Crow in his music room
upstairs verandah
Ariel P Cat 1999-2017
so the house feels clean, the inspection went well & looks like we will be here for a good while yet!

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

Hoya

Posted: December 14, 2017 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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the Hoya is flowering!
such wild things!
this one is making a valiant effort
the garden is providing a lot of solace on Monday a dear friend had surgery for a football sized tumor on her ovaries (removed successfully & it was benign thank goodness), yesterday another good friend needed a tarot reading and a good long talk starting with tea and cake at midday finishing off many hours later with a fine wine just on sunset
there is comfort in stitching Reaching for the Stars
we have 11 days off in a row from Dec 22nd to January 2nd look forward to lots of reading, watching movies, catching up with friends, going to the beach and just letting this old year go!

there’s no place like home

Posted: November 16, 2017 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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the real estate agent is doing the half yearly house inspection this morning
we tidied up a bit so please come in and have a look around
Fiona Dempster’s Imagine Peace weathergram
afternoon sun in the lounge room
the crepe myrtle branch seasoning for the dream
studio space with xmas card in production
Honesty
the stairs with Mia Illuzia’s 7 hag stones and Barry Smith’s water buffalo horn talisman for peace and love
Old Man Crow working on a new song in his music room
afternoon sun through the wrought iron on the front verandah
the Jacaranda from two doors up purpling the view from the bedroom window with two species of Brugmansia, the garden has grown a lot in 9 years
Fiona’s Imagine Peace weathergram at the back door
Hoya flower
the Gardenias are flowering madly, the scent is divine
x fingers we’ll be here for a good while yet!

we can still call this place home

Posted: May 23, 2017 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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on Friday the landlady and the real estate agent visited for the annual inspection of our beautiful old lady of a house so we tidied up, come in & have a look around
lounge room
studio space
dining room
industrial storage shelves
Kenny the Confuser III (thrice reincarnated iMac)
view from the bedroom window, the Brugmansias and the neighbour’s Jacaranda almost obscure the view of the back door across the lane this has taken 8 & 1/2 years and it’s still framed!
upstairs verandah
the Bougainvillea has nearly disguised our wobbly front fence
Old Man Crow enjoying the back garden
our landlady was very impressed, looks like we’ll be here for a good while yet
thanks for visiting!