Mar 22, 2013

Clipped Imagination :: topiary in the botanical gardens...

Now that I no longer have my own large garden in which to gather inspiration,
I am having a very happy time exploring the beautiful parks which so 
abundantly abound in Melbourne.
And one of my favourites is the Botanical Garden,
and its many different sections,
each so varied from the rest.
Having spent some crazy hours lately working on a most exciting new house design,
a fabulously colourful 1960s inspired kitchen, a landscape design and several renovation projects,
(hey, who needs sleep anyway?)
there was a definite yearning to walk about a large garden,
and as the Botanical Gardens are so incredibly accessible,
the temptation to walk amongst its beauty proved too great yesterday.
And what should catch my eye but these fabulous topiary creatures,
forming a sentinel to the Children's Garden.

Wire shaped into animals,
with Muehlenbeckia Complexa
(also known as Maidenhair Vine and Wire Vine)
trained and clipped to fill the shapes over time.
(And as this kiwi plant grows so fast you can almost see it go,
it's a very quick way to create a topiary.
You need to have shears at the ready at all times though.)

Are the animals real or imagined?
That's the lovely thing - they can be either - depending on what you want to see.
Clipped imagination? Yes, perhaps.

But they also allow the mind to wander and wonder,
and truly, isn't that one of the magical things about a garden?

images :: blue fruit


  1. I used to Love that children's garden. It's so fantastic, and I do miss it. Love the water play and the digging garden... for inner city children it was a very accessible back garden substitute. It does sound like you've been really busy with work too... glad you enjoyed the green peace. xx

    1. I reckon the children's garden is as fabulous for adults as it is for children - which is a hard feat to achieve, but they sure have. x

  2. super TREAT for me.
    i am still under SNOW.


    1. Renée it seems your winter is taking as long to leave you as our summer is. Hurry up and be autumn already, that's what I am hanging out for!! x

  3. How wonderful is this? Can't even imagine the time it must take to keep these up, not to mention the!! Happy weekend ~

    1. I reckon there are some hedge clippers with very deft hands in that garden! x

  4. Leslie in Portland, Oregon24/3/13 6:33 AM

    Thank you for the wonderful glimpses of Melbourne you provide. The cumulative effect of a few weeks of subscribing to your blog (and enjoying every post), and my fond memories of times spent in Sydney and Auckland in the mid-1970's, is to make me consider emigrating!

    1. What an absolutely delightful comment to begin my Sunday morning Leslie. Glad to show you a glimpse of another place - it's what makes the blogging world the next best thing to travel, I do believe. And to receive a comment like that makes blogging so worthwhile. x


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