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.

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