RT Discussion List Q&A VI

Brian A. Miller and others:
24. What's the latest on the Sweet Warrior Band Tour Live cd?

RT: Yet to be mixed, and realistically wouldn't be seen before the end of this year.

25. What to expect in 2008 after the upcoming 1000 Years tour?

RT: Solo in the Southeastern US in April, solo in continental Europe in May, various festivals this summer on 2 continents, 1000 Years in England in early 2009.

26. What has gone wrong with Maart Allcock's attempt to reproduce the complete songbooks?

RT: Nothing, still coming.

Rosalind Dalefield:
27. What plants do you appreciate being able to grow in your garden in California that you would not be able to grow in the UK? Are there any garden plants you really like but can't grow in California, because they need a cold winter?

RT: At last, real questions!

UK gardeners grow an increasing number of hardened-off Mediterranean plants, so the overlap gets bigger all the time. Ceanothus, which is native to the hills at the top of my street in Santa Monica, has become a UK staple, being one of the few blue-flowering shrubs available. UK growers also avoid frost by mulching and taking indoors, which means all kinds of things from palms to pelargoniums can be featured in the garden.

I started in California with a very English sensitivity and palette, growing herbaceous borders in pastel colours, but I soon switched to stronger colours, because it looks better in the more intense sunshine. The range of plants possible is enormous; bulbs that need cold can be stored in the fridge for 6 weeks before setting out; all the Mediterraneans of course - we use a lot of Lavender and Rosemary, Penstemon, Bignonaciae vines; I grow a lot of roses, and probably prune them lighter than I would in the UK; natives like Fremontedendron, Asclepias, Erigeron, Escholzia, Romneya, various Salvia; subtropicals like Bougainvillea give a great Mediterranean look; and I've had some success with tropicals like Philodendron and Aristolochia, and orchids various. Being able to grow so many succulents is tremendous, and increasingly I use them in mixed plantings, and for architectural statements.