Susan Southam allows readers to look through the window of 'Foxgloves Spires' - her former home of 30 years, located in rural Australia - and into the lushly romantic and soul-filled interior within. The Cottage Under the Big Pines tells the stalgic love story between Southam and her restored century-old timber cottage in a collection of essay-like chapters, themed around seasons and colours and supported by an abundance of photographs. Southam's writing is heartfelt, emotional and honest; her photographs capture the spirit of her home with its astonishingly beautiful garden, as well as the details of her colour schemes, decoration and furnishings. The Cottage Under the Big Pines provides inspiration and information for readers to apply, but above all it opens our eyes to the humble details of our immediate environment that enrich our everyday lives.
Australian Susan Southam published the story of gardening by the seasons in her home 'Foxgloves Spires', in her bestelling first book, Velvet Pears (Murdoch Books, 2008). She is currently building a new home and garden on the south coast of New South Wales-completely different from her first, but this time being created with the benefit of 30 years' experience.