Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Benign Neglect

With record rainfall this season it is proving impossible to keep up with weeding. And it doesn't matter one bit.  The exuberant wildness of the cottage garden right now, where self seeded herbs and annuals are jostling for space amongst the more permanent perennials and bulbs, is a daily source of delight and surprise.  

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Aran and Julia create a Sanctuary

Aran Creighton and his wife Julia have spent time here in Mudgee planting baby Ironbark trees along  The Drip Lane Walk in area that had been badly degraded and damaged by the clearing of native vegetation since Eurpoean settlement.

This area is now being revegetated with specific varieties of trees and shrubs that will provide a food source for the endangered Regent Honey Eater, a species threatened by habitat destruction.

The area planted  by Aran and Julia is directly opposite The Nuttery and The Caretakers Cottage. One day we hope to see Aran and Julia spending significant amounts of time in an improved house that could be built in that part of the property. With Council approval for two dwellings already in place this valley property is ideally set up to accommodate our  two families .... the Poolmans and the Creightons together accepting custodial responsibility for The Drip into the future.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Aran and Julia at The Drip

Aran Creighton and his wife Julia arrived from London and spent time exploring the pleasures  of the inner city in Sydney and country life at The Drip in Mudgee.  This was Julia's first visit to Australia.  She was delighted by all that she saw and it  is now  looking as if the London/Mudgee shuttle service will be getting increasingly busy in the future.

Aran and Julia planted a new collection of cycads in The Hill Garden above the house.  Additional cycads, Macrozamia perowkskiana and Macrozamia communis,  too small to be planted out  just yet,  were also purchased from the Friends of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney.

Aran cut a set of steps into the hillside leading from the Top Terrace down  along "Aran's Path" making the walk around this section of the garden more easily accessible.  Very useful as some of us seem  to be getting on in years and easy is good.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Why design?

A thought from Dan Kiley, arguably the greatest landscape architect of the twentieth century, "The greatest contribution a designer can make is to link the human and the natural in such a way as to recall our fundamental place in the scheme of things".  Kiley's magnificent and influential book, covering his complete works,  has been ordered for the Library and will add another source of inspiration to the goings on at The Drip.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Welcome Aboard

Suddenly we seem to have more and more people taking an interest in what we are are doing here at The Drip, Mudgee.  It amazes me that people are now beginning to track us down through the blog.  Kirsty, an Australian living in the Mddle East, is the most recent follower.  It would be wonderful to see all these people come here to spend some time,  explore the gardens and the library, swap ideas and make The Drip a dynamic focal point for the development of an emerging Australian style of landscape and garden design. 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Notes from the :Library #9

2010 has seen the publication of a number of books of significance to those who are interested in the development of garden design in Australia.  All are being added to the library at The Drip.

Of special importance is "The Garden of Ideas, Four Centuries of Australian Style" by Richard Aitkens, the nation's pre-eminent garden historian and editor of the "The Oxford Companion to Australian Gardens".  Meticulously researched, copiously illustrated and thoughtfully presented this book is modestly seen by Aitkins as "the commencement of a conversation"  So,  let's talk

Monday, November 1, 2010

Grand Designs

We have made a big and life-changing decision in recent weeks. For the next several years we will shift our focus away from the construction of the house and back to where we started... the creation of a unique Australian garden.   No more frantic activity, endless construction hassles, building rubble and dust, but back to the gentler satisfactions of helping the gardens grow.

Check out the page entitled "Garden Design @ The Drip Mudgee" to see a list of the garden areas we embarked on when we first purchased the property and check back regularly to see progress in achieving our goals.

Today's photograph shows the gardens of Marquessac in the French wine and food region of  Dordogne, one source of  inspiration for future development in The Hill Garden at The Drip, Mudgee.  Will we ever create something as gobsmackingly wonderful as in  this photograph of Marquessac?  Time will tell.