Posts Tagged ‘garden’


Posted: December 7, 2016 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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magnolia-grandiflora-little-gem-dec-16a fading Magnolia grandiflora “Little Gem”
magnolia-little-gem-dec-16the fade deepening
magnolia-little-gem-fade-3-mo-16letting go
love how the postcard of “Rainbow Warrior” by April White reflects the blue tile of Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring”
garden-dec-16Magnolia grandiflora Little Gem in flower with 2 giant Bromeliads (Alcantarea extensa) in the back garden

Melia azedarach

Posted: October 10, 2016 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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melia-azedarach-mo16Melia azedarach Mo16
a hardy deciduous drought tolerant tree native to the east coast of Australia
the perfume is like honey & the name rolls off the tongue like a magical incantation
melia-azedarachPS here’s a photo of a beautiful specimen in Burwood car park

the Old Man Crow Master CDs are done!

Posted: July 16, 2016 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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old-man-crow-master-CDsOld Man Crow has finished polishing the recordings & burned the 4 x Master CDs, the next step is getting the 4 x 100 copies burned and printed have settled with Troy Horse to do the job, they are friendly, professional and  willing to go the extra mile to get it right.
cd-sleevesthe liner notes, CD envelopes with double sided adhesive backing are ready to go in the back cover of the books
the roller coaster ride is accelerating with 7 weeks to go til the Crow Show
Cymbidium-orchid-Mo16one of our customers gave us this spike of her fabulous Cymbidium orchid, it had 10 spikes this year!
and Rebecca Solnit continues to inspire hope in the dark

good-books“Don’t let it bring you down, it’s only castles burning”
Neil Young from the After the Gold Rush album circa 1970
our beautiful broken world is going through some strange times in this 21st C and these two books are helping me see the changes with a longer view of the Zeitgeist, with our love of the old and worn, the rusted ragged edges, the wild weeds in the paving and the cracks in broken glass, the imperfection, the wabi-sabi-ness , these are all recurring signs throughout history of a culture in decline… beliefs have become hollow empty vessels and kindness a rare treasure in need of nurturing…
week-old-heritage-rosesthe roses have had their day, the careful hand colouring of the crow books is keeping me almost sane with 8 weeks to go ’til the Crow Show  & everything is falling into place. Have two quotes in for the CD burning & printing. The company that I was hoping to go with (they are nearby and seem friendlier) were twice as expensive as the other mob, so have asked them for a second quote. Need to count the Old Man Crow T-shirts we have left and work out how many more to order, a few people need XXXL and S + topping up of the M, L, XL  & XXL. Will start sending out the interstate & overseas invitations this week. The only other things that need doing are printing some more Old Man Crow note cards and pricing the last few pieces that have fallen out of my hands & Madeleine the gallery owner has kindly offered to not take any commission on the books which will help keep the price down. Phew!

rose pruning time

Posted: July 5, 2016 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, magic

roses16one of the great perquisites of working as a gardener is bringing home the flowers after pruning
roses have the most seductive perfume in the world
and I love the dance between the thorns

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

Apricot Brugmansia in full flight

Posted: January 18, 2016 by Mo Crow in gardening, It's Crow Time

BrugmansiaThe apricot Brugmansia is in full flight after the good rain we had last week
Brugmansia-in-full-flightwe planted a cutting 7 years ago and it’s tall!
gardenwe had to cut the Banksia integrifolia back as it was leaning on the gutter, it had just started screening our upstairs bedroom window from the view across the back lane but we still have their back door framed perfectly!