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More snow … we’re off to another hemisphere

January 25, 2014

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It’s snowing again, after a literal blizzard earlier this week and temps near zero every night, the fuel oil flaming away in the furnace. So it’s a pleasant thought to know we leave for Australia and New Zealand later this week. One of the highlights will be a visit to meet William Martin and see his garden, Wigandia, on the side of an extinct volcano, in Noorat, Australia. Despite the recent bout of unprecedented heat and wildfires, Wigandia is looking good.

Check it out on William’s blog.

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Emily January 25, 2014 at 3:17 pm

I’m eagerly anticipating pictures! I’ve seen his property through his eyes and I wonder what you’ll see differently.


wm January 25, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Emily, Does it really matter what the camera captures?


Emily January 26, 2014 at 2:04 am

WM–I think…YES..especially if I’ve only experienced the garden through photos. You think not? The photo, representing a transient moment and an individual’s distillation of the scene is a different kind of art than is the garden, for sure. So, the more photos and the more eyes on it, the better. We can work toward building the totality of the experience bit by bit.


wm January 26, 2014 at 5:37 am

Emily, I was perhaps a little obtuse! My garden has been photographed by some of the world greats and can be seen in many books and magazines. (garden confetti) Some capture the essence of the place and others not so much.. I almost never photograph other peoples gardens and if I do its merely snapshot level! I think a garden needs to be observed and absorbed for quite some time to establish where and how a space can be best captured on film!


James Golden January 26, 2014 at 5:09 pm

In my limited experience, the professionals always take time to see the garden–except for one glaring case I won’t belabor. The results were awful.

James Golden January 25, 2014 at 10:29 pm

After long consideration, I decided to take two cameras, a little Sony and a Canon DSLR. We’ll see what comes of it.


michael B. Gordon January 26, 2014 at 7:40 am

James, I will be thrilled to see your images. I am have been following Billy’s blog and have read every article about the garden he has posted. For me, it will be another moment in time from another person’s perspective. I’d rather be enticed by your images to see the garden myself one day than not see them at all. Any way, all the greats haven’t photographed the garden yet, what about James Golden? Have a wonderful trip!


wm January 26, 2014 at 9:16 am

MGB, I did say SOME of the greats ….If James spends too much time behind the camera or talking about plants I will show him the gate…. my gate is open to doers..I am way over the prattlers!


James Golden January 26, 2014 at 10:03 am

Michael, now I’m not sure Billy will let me take pictures! (Just joking.) First I want to see the garden, and see how different the experience of the real thing is from the photographed garden I’ve been seeing for years.


michael B. Gordon January 26, 2014 at 11:01 am

Well of course you will be there to experience the garden with all your senses and meet the gardener. I am very jealous of your trip and I would get a vicarious thrill from a picture or two! Have a sensational time.

wm January 25, 2014 at 7:43 pm

P.S. the above photo is brilliant James! A winter version of my Summer look!


James Golden January 25, 2014 at 10:30 pm

I just had dinner with a friend who didn’t like it. There’s no accounting for taste.


Cindy at enclos*ure January 26, 2014 at 6:31 am

Definitely not. It’s so lovely!


wm January 26, 2014 at 9:12 am

Cindy..DON”T throw that big dish away! it has heaps of potential! I would use it upturned…a dish is TOO obvious!


James Golden January 26, 2014 at 5:11 pm

I don’t get it.

Rob (OurFrenchGarden) January 26, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Fabulous. Are you going to get to the major cities? Will you see both islands in NZ?

I’d take a video camera to WM’s place. Record WITH sound, avoid the gate.

Yours with jealousy


James Golden January 26, 2014 at 5:16 pm


Yes Noorat, Melbourne, Sydney (not in that order), then both north and south islands of NZ. Entirely too much moving about. I’ll try to avoid the gate! Jealousy? I’d love to spend a month in your part of France. In fact, we’re planning to do that with friends from Federal Twist Road, in the next year or so. I may meet you too.


wm January 27, 2014 at 12:39 am

James , see Cindy’s blog for the dish reference! I tried to leave a comment there but something went array!


Cindy at enclos*ure January 27, 2014 at 2:12 am

Wm: I will meet you back at your blog.

James: Have a safe trip. If you want to make it a ’round the world voyage, you are welcome to stop off with us in Rwanda.


wm January 27, 2014 at 12:44 am

I have 5 gates in a row and only 1.5 are designed to function..they are i think more important than the spaces either side of em but unfortunately I have not discovered a way to hide those spaces, so one must view/enter/exit from those less than perfect voids. My apologies.


James Golden January 27, 2014 at 6:43 am

The dish … I get it. I could use that dish. I have the perfect place for it.


Les January 26, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Safe travels, good weather and many, many photos.


James Golden January 27, 2014 at 6:44 am

Thanks, Les.


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