Thursday, October 30, 2014

Briefly at Mt Cannibal

Today was my first chance for some time to get into some bush again. But only for a little while, so it was off to Mt Cannibal just down the road, to see what effect the heavy weather a day or so back has had.

I’ve always had a soft spot for the common and widespread species, Black-anther Flax-lily. The leaves are strappy and robust but the inflorescence is always delicate and attractive.

Many plants were showing the effects of a thumping from the wind and rain a few days back but some, like these Milkmaids, were protected well enough by the surrounding vegetation to be still a little showy.

Unlike this example of Cinnamon Bells which in its exposed situation was looking a bit bedraggled. I will have to return and see if things improve a bit for this species. Interestingly this is a saprophytic orchid – the bacterial and fungal agencies within its tubers absorb nutrients from decaying vegetation in the soil, a bit similar to fungi.

The well protected ground hugging Common Bird-orchid was quite undamaged. I hope there will be plenty of flower soon – there is a lot of healthy leaf in some patches.

This was another day the Sun-orchids were saying, “Nope, not enough sunshine to show you my beauty yet. Come back another day”. I will.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Gardivalia #6

Peppermint Ridge Farm in Tynong North is a bush food garden. Many of the native species are labelled and Julie and Anthony are on hand to take guided tours of their cleverly designed gardens and orchard.

Cathy and Hadyn’s Lillico Garden features include an eye drawing water feature, rose arbour, sweeping vistas and a wonderful mix of trees, shrubs and flowers. There are plenty of small hideaways to which you can retreat and absorb the peaceful and beautiful surroundings.

Nyumba Yaffe at Jindivick was hard to cover properly with the camera – It seemed that wherever I stood there were glorious views in every direction. The garden included dozens of rose varieties, ornamentals, climbers, ramblers, orchids … and an interesting display of leadlight panels.

Jim and Lynne’s garden at Neerim East, Jamelyn Heights, is a large country garden with sweeping lawn vistas and garden beds full of a huge variety of trees, shrubs and perennials, fruit trees and berries. Quirky ornaments punctuate the garden too.

Link to the Gardivalia website.

Link to more Gardivalia pictures in Gouldiae’s Galleries.  

Friday, October 24, 2014

Gardivalia #5

I ‘ticked’ another six gardens today, three in Warragul and three at Nilma North. Again the variety was bewildering, from a small neat and tidy town garden to ancient oaks and eucalypts and everything in between.

Tessa’s garden on a largish house block consists of a variety of mostly natives along with veggies, fruit trees, all beautifully done, plus free range chooks and native birds.

Coromandel Arboretum was a walk in the woods – 5 acres of indigenous and exotic trees from far and wide. An education in food forests and sustainable woodlands.

For a complete contrast, Mary’s wonderfully maintained compact town garden with lawns to make a greenkeeper envious, (heh, heh), cleverly layered garden beds, etc, was a feast for the eyes.

Darley Grange at Nilma North has been a 40 year love affair. Orchids, bulbs, climbers, trees, shrubs et al, Joyce had an example in the ground. And she goes gardening with her parrot!

Still in the Nilma North area, Springbank is two acres of mature trees, lawn vistas to die for, shrubs, cottage gardens, water feature, secluded retreats, panoramas, you name it.

Talking of ‘naming it’, Linda has labelled many of the plants in her Dreamtime garden also at Nilma North. Sweeping pathways take you through a dry river bed garden, mature eucalypt and native species garden, rose garden, vegetable garden, orchard, etc.

If you haven’t visited any of the gardens yet, most will be open again tomorrow and Sunday – check the Gardivalia website.

Today’s gardens, and more, can be seen in greater detail in the Gardivalia folder of Gouldiae’s Galleries.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Gardivalia #4

A cold blustery wind was, I thought, going to give me some difficulties with the two gardens I visited today. Not so. If anything, the swaying foliage and flowers and the wafting scents added another enjoyable element to my visits.

The Kurinda Rose Garden features hundreds of roses along with ornamental trees, shrubs and flowers – all so beautifully maintained.

The Butler’s garden in Warragul was a wonderfully eclectic mix of indigenous and exotic species of trees shrubs and flowers. Amongst the odd garden bed would appear a small veggie garden, a frog pond, a possum box, or even an insect hotel!  I was never sure which way to point the camera.

What a delight this exercise is turning out to be.

Most of the gardens will be open this weekend – check the Gardivalia website for details.

You can see more of these two gardens today and others on Gouldiae’s Galleries, (open the Gardivalia folder).

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.