Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Gardivalia #3

Four more gardens today – all different, all in Willow Grove, all delightful.

Jelyn Views is four acres of English type beds, deciduous trees, eye-drawing water features and panoramic views. Jesse and Linda have created their own magnificent garden haven.

John and Dee’s garden is testament to what can be achieved even while living a busy lifestyle. Free range chooks, organic vegetables, fruit trees, a re-vegetated bush block, indigenous species and a Lavender bed inspired by a trip to France.

Yuruga is principally a cottage style garden with colour themed beds. Bruce and Chris have created a garden that has a new delight around every corner.

Bob and Alene’s garden, Tanjadale, is a wandering waterwise garden with a clever combination of eye-catching beds and broad sweeping vistas. Inspirational settings for an artist.

More soon.

More pictures of these gardens and others on Gouldiae’s Galleries – click on folder ‘7 – Gardivalia’.

Most gardens will be open again this coming weekend – go to the Gardivalia website for details.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Natural 'Stuff'.

After two days of ‘cultured’ gardens, more tomorrow and again this coming weekend, beautiful as they have all been so far, today I was ready for some ‘natural’ stuff - stuff that survives on its own, stuff that seems to be present one day, gone the next, stuff that … Yeah, well I’ve probably upset some garden lovers already, I shall desist and get on with it.

This morning I ticked the following at Mt Cannibal – and again I’m not certain I’ve got the right names in some cases, correspondence welcome.

Button Everlasting, (Helichrysum scorpioides). There’s been plenty of this about for some weeks now.

Purple Flag, (Patersonia occidentalis). Just a few showing today, but plenty of bud ready to burst. It seems the flowers sometimes will only last a few hours!

Native Violet, (Viola sp, hederacea?). Often overlooked because of its small size and abundance, but very attractive. Something of a shade lover too.

Salmon Sun-orchid, (Thelymitra rubra). I think this is the salmon. Only just coming out and I only found the one plant. Plenty of other Sun-orchid bud to look out for in the following weeks.

Eastern Bronze Caladenia, (Caladenia transitoria)? This is the one I’m least certain of. The Caladenias easily confuse me. This plant was very tiny and delicate. I had fun getting the camera to focus. The tiniest breath of wind would shake the thing for ages.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Gardivalia #2

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Jo and Tony’s garden at Icy Creek, Meander, is little more than 10 years old. Exotic trees, shrubs, kitchen garden and ponds feature against a mountain backdrop. Ideally named, this garden just invites you to meander.

At Pine Lee in Buln Buln, Don and Jenny have developed numerous garden projects that have allowed them to create an especially inviting garden.

Laurie’s Sculpture Garden at Jindivick is full of whimsy, fantasy and enlightenment. From fairies to a full sized Mercedes mirror mosaic this is completely a fun garden – but it makes you think!

Gardivalia website. Nearly 30 gardens will be open again next weekend.

Gouldiae's Galleries with more pictures of these and other gardens – click on the ‘Gardivalia’ folder.