I have a new project. It’s a front garden that hasn’t been loved for about 10 years, aside from the regular, heavy-handed hackings of some mowing men.
The client is lovely, mostly. Although just between you and me, she can be a bit of a pain. She is wildly enthusiastic and has good plant knowledge, but when it comes to plant choices, she wants one of everything. She’s keen on grasses and appreciates foliage contrast, but she is teetering on a dangerous cliff edge. She has fallen head over heels with herbaceous perennials.
It’s five years since I have visited the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS), and I was determined to get back this year.
Compared to 10 to 15 years ago, there were fewer show gardens to view, but there were some beautiful examples. The ‘Achievable Gardens’ section was also a pleasant surprise and highlighted some sophisticated and quirky design talent. Overall, what a relief that plants are now ‘back’, especially compared to past shows where plants played second fiddle to hardscaped ‘outside rooms’.