Right. Here I am, at last starting out on my own blog, sharing my garden and my passion for gardening in Cyberspace.
Let me introduce myself. Jack Holloway the Gardener. That is the name of my garden design company as well. Most South Africans look at you blankly when you call yourself a gardener by profession. A gardener, in the immortal words of a (black) shop assistant “is the black man who pushes a wheelbarrow!”
I am not a landscaper, I am a gardener; I love gardens and gardening. It is a passion which has overrun my other careers, as a language teacher and (more briefly) in marketing and PR. I was pushed over the edge into professional gardening after reading Russell Page’s autobiography, “The Education of a Gardener”. Need I say more? Other than this happened 15 years ago, and I then was side-tracked back into teaching for 9 years when I gave up my city life and came to live on the farm full-time. I left teaching – reluctantly in many ways for I loved my job – at the end of 2008. At 52 I figure it is about time to embark on a final career phase.
My garden on Sequoia runs to 10 hectares, or 25 acres. I hasten to add that that includes nearly 2 hectares of water, and a great portion where the hand of man rests lightly on Nature. But it also includes, for instance, a highly formal garden of 6x6m, and an extensive section which is formally laid out and introspective within the greater setting of a beautiful, narrow valley.
Pictures will follow, although it is difficult to know where to start. With my masthead? The bridge is the icon of my garden and is bound to feature (and be explained) sooner rather than later. Oh, and for those who (he said hopefully) are impatient to learn more about my garden – I have been contributing for over 3 years to the forums at http://www.mooseyscountrygarden.com , first as Jack Holloway and after my allocation was used up, as Jack Two. It is a lovely site, with a lovely Head Gardener, and I urge you to explore it!
Now – curiosity having got the better of me – I shall post this (post this post?) after attempting to add a rather random (as my pupils love to say) photograph of my garden…