Soak it up

Hol­i­daY read­ing for fer­tile minds

The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - Outdoor Design - Pho­tog­ra­phy Ke­tu­rah de Klerk

The end of the year sig­nals a change of tempo for gardeners, from the fren­zied pace of spring to the more som­no­lent days of sum­mer. As it gets hot­ter, the more de­mand­ing projects are post­poned. New plant­ings, ex­cept in the veg­etable gar­den, are bet­ter left un­til au­tumn, and heavy prun­ing is best avoided. Wa­ter­ing is more im­por­tant than ever, but that’s a pleas­ant task in the early morn­ings.

This slow­ing comes as we an­tic­i­pate the hol­i­day pe­riod and an eas­ing of our busy work lives. There’s time for some hol­i­day read­ing to soak up ideas and in­spi­ra­tion – time to dream, plan and learn rather than just do. There’s al­ways a rash of gar­den books pub­lished in spring but I think their value comes now as Christ­mas gifts.

Among those that have fea­tured in this col­umn over spring are sev­eral drool-wor­thy books on Aus­tralian gar­dens. Pho­tog­ra­pher Si­mon Grif­fiths says his Gar­den Love (Thames and Hud­son, $60) is about “plants, dogs and coun­try gar­dens”. As you’d ex­pect, it’s the im­ages that wow but his words on the 22 pri­vate gar­dens around

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