Friday, 10 June 2011

An open garden

The weather has been cold and miserable here, and not conducive to photography. In lieu of sewing news, I thought I'd share some photos of a local garden we visited recently.
The garden is set stunningly amongst rolling hills, lined with vineyards.
The thing that impressed me most about this garden was the extensive and clever use of perennial plants.
It was all I could do not to whip out the secateurs and pinch some cuttings :)
The silver birches were just turning their brilliant yellow at the time, ready for leaf drop and preparing to show their beautiful, white & spotty legs!
I love the use of spiky plants in a garden ... 
... and I'm also a fan of grey or purple foliage. This garden had it all.
There was a significant collection of roses ...
... in every colour imaginable.
Brilliant splashes of cherry red coreopsis ...
 ... and deep gold and russet red.
If purple is more your style, it had that too: 


 And of course, there were plenty of spots to just sit and admire the view. 
 It is the Queen's Birthday long weekend here in Australia. I am looking forward to getting my hands dirty in my garden. Have a great weekend. Bloom x

8 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photos, looks like a great visit. I really need to get out into our garden, it is very neglected. Maybe I can get myself sorted this weekend and do some (we have a long weekend here in France too). I think your photos were just the inspiration I needed - thanks!

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  2. We often used to visit open gardens when we lived in Canberra..up here being a little rural town we don't have anything like it. Looking at your beautiful pictures brought back memories of great gardens around Canberra. It seems like a big garden there too and quite a young one.

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  3. What a gorgeous garden, thanks for sharing! All Ive got in my garden at the moment is green and bare branches.

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  4. Beautiful Photos!
    It is so hot here in the eastern USA the schools won't let the children play outside! But I have been out in my garden, which is all vegetables. First pesto of the year today!

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  5. Oh my, it's fantastic, marvelous garden! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Best wishes,
    Tatyana

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  6. What a picture!! fantastic garden. . Looking at your beautiful pictures brought back memories of great gardens around Canberra. It seems like a big garden there too and quite a young one.Thanks for sharing.

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