Well – This is rather a red letter day – Cloudehill has a brand-new website. We’ve been having lots of fun putting it together all winter. Number one job was to go through photographs. For some odd reason we have thousands of them. I couldn’t decide, so thought “let’s put them all on”. Or at least mighty lot. You’ll find pretty pictures everywhere and a Photo Gallery of some 100 images. View the Gallery here
Part of the reason for this burst of activity is that last autumn we sold a handsome sculpture by Antone Bruinsma. So handsome and so XXXX heavy Antone drove all the way from Queensland to help move and install the thing. Before leaving home he rang to ask should he bring a new piece or two with him as he came. I said why not and four days later there was Antone with much of a truck load of simply astonishing new work. By good luck we had just the right plinths to sit these on and six hours later our ‘rose walk’ was transformed into a ‘gallery walk’.
Around that time Ted Secombe popped around with several extraordinary porcelain fountains: a project we have been discussing for yonks, and also in autumn Robert Barron left a few of his (extremely rare) fire-box pieces. Of course all this was on top of several figurative ceramic works Graeme Foote left with us earlier. We were kind of overwhelmed. So, what to do? Well, the very least was a new website to share the news around. So here it is.
Now, I must mention the big, once-every-two-years Landscape Conference coming up in Melbourne 18-22 September. For anyone seriously interested in landscape design Warwick & Sue Forge’s conference is on the absolutely ‘must-go’ list. For those who have not been before, try checking www.landscapeconference.com and see what you think. I can vouch that along with top professionals many ordinary gardeners attend. You might like to sign on for the Friday pre-conference coach tour. Among other delights you will find yourself being shown around Cloudehill by yours truly!
At this point, a few thankyous! - starting with Lisa Simpson who provided the inspiration and the hard work on www.cloudehill.com.au If anyone happens to be pondering rejigging their website, well there she is - lurking in the bottom left-hand corner of the home page. Find out more about Lisa's work here
Also thanks go to the inestimable Claire Takacs whose images make the site what it is. Can I say more? She seems to have work in every second Garden Illustrated magazine nowadays. And, she is being copied by photographers everywhere – imitation, the sincerest form of flattery of course! For little old Cloudehill to have been the springboard for such a stellar career – well, it’s good luck for us of course, and also just a little bit humbling. Can we live up to Claire’s images? We try! Find out more about Clare's work here
And of course thankyou to all of the Artists in the Garden who have collectively provided the incentive to do this in the first place. I might add we are hoping to do a lot more with garden art. The astonishing exhibition Cloudehill presently hosts we intend to turn into a kind of never-ending show. The art is for sale of course. Visitors are welcome to take a piece as they go. We can gift wrap! The existing show will wind down a little over each season and the plan is to find one or two artists to stage a ‘grand autumn show’ in May to fill the garden for the colder months. Hence the banner we have out the front now reading - Art in the Winter Garden.Finally, I have made a new (financial) year’s resolution to have a monthly newsletter going out from now on. Brace yourself, and away we go….
What's Happening at Cloudehill
Pinus thunbergii Yatsubusa. Cloud pruned just weeks back by Mitch Burns.
Rhododendron arboreum campbellii. One of our Chinese Tree Rhodos flowering beside the restaurant.
Madeline Meyer piece in the Lower Meadow with early daffodils.
Rhododendron grandis. Its new foliage is glorious as well.
A ‘Siver Leaf’ form of Cyclamen coum, the lovely winter flowering species.Find out what else is flowering this month
Art in the Garden
Come and visit us again and see this wonderful exhibition of art and sculpture in the garden. Get acquainted with the artists and their pieces before you arrive. View the Artists and their Pieces
The Origin by Antone Bruinsma