Monday, 3 October 2011

May I introduce ...

... some of my farm beauties to you? School holidays usually mean some time in our farm garden. And the October holidays mean sitting back and enjoying the benefits of working hard with the winter pruning.

The lovely Margaret at The Home Patch reminded me that I should take some photos of the garden for the blog. Well Margaret, you asked for it :)

I love to take macro shots of my flowers, but I thought with these photos that I would also pan back and give you a sense of place - some context as to where each of my flowers sits within the garden. Enjoy!

This is our lovely David Austin rose, 'Golden Celebration', a favourite.

She sits proudly at the very front of the house, nestled next to the beautiful strong pink 'Othello' rose.

The roses are quite early this year, and I think this lovely is called 'Jumpin' Jack'.

It shares its bed with some delicate mauve irises, the soft grey foliage of Russian sage and sedums, and the sparky lime green of Duranta 'Sheena's Gold'.

Robinia pseudoacacia 'Purple Robe' is wowing us with its display this year - beautiful pendulous purple blooms hanging gracefully from its branches. 

It is planted at the entrance to the garden with the intent of draping across the driveway to welcome visitors. It stands sentinel at the end of a row of standard 'Iceberg' roses.

Looking at it from the house you can perhaps get an idea of how stunning this robinia is. I love the contrast it achieves against the purple berberis on the right and the lime greens of the pom pom tree and salvias in the foreground.

The Betchel crabapples are just starting to bloom and have the bees a-buzz.

We have these planted close to paths so that we can admire their prettiness up close.

Oooh, we interrupt the garden introductions with some noise and frivolity - the cousins are over from next door and there are some serious chasings in progress ... I love that we have a garden for them to enjoy :)

The very first 'Burgundy Iceberg' rose is blooming and will soon be joined by its neighbours.

Forty roses form a hedge along one side of a lawn path and are protected by a taller hedge of Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Stirling Mist'.

Callistemon 'Perth Pink' is also just starting to flower, and is promising to be stunning. 

We hacked this gorgeous thing ruthlessly in the winter, and it hasn't looked back.

I think this sweet thing is Lavandula stoechas 'Marshwood'. It is neglected badly, but rewards faithfully with blooms year ofter year.

It sits at the foot of a purple foliaged prunus tree and is next to yellow flowering irises.

I love these tiny gladiolus. They too are terribly hardy and pop their cheerful heads up despite how little attention I give them.

Their bed fellows are arum lilies, irises and roses, with some mondo grass nipping at their toes, threatening to take them over.

Poor Margaret ... are you still with me? Never again will she suggest I take some more garden photos! I'm almost done :)

Hot pink valerian is pretty much a weed, but it earns its place.

It contrasts wonderfully with the yellowy lime of the gleditsias which tower above its head.

And finally, this wondrous plant, a gift from a gardening friend. She said it is called a cardoon. It is the most fabulous and flamboyant thing.

I love how it lends some serous architectural interest to this corner of the garden. See it standing splendiferously in the background? "Look at me, look at me", it yells.

So you see, there are many personalities in my garden. Some are as common as muck, but resilient to the death. Some are show stoppers, stealing the limelight from their neighbours. Some rise to the occasion, no matter how poorly you treat them. Some selflessly provide a stage for others to shine. But many are there quite simply for their unadulterated beauty, having survived a hard winter prune and bouncing back cheerfully to gladden my world. My garden, how I love thee!


  1. Just stunning - what amazing work you do there! My favourite is the Golden with the Othello though, just love that colour combination of yellow with the bold pink. Enjoy all your hard work!

  2. so very beautiful,thankyou for the tour.

  3. Stunning property, with amazing gardens, full of colour. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Your Farm Garden is Just Gorgeous I can see why You Love it so's a real Credit to You.

  5. Bloom, I just want to move in when I see the gorgeous gardens you have. sigh. Thank you so much for sharing - I will have to come back time and again to this post, to soak up the beauty you share especially as things are winding down for us in the Northern Hemisphere.

  6. WOW what a beautiful place you have! I'm green with envy. :)

  7. Yours is one of the prettiest gardens I have seen. It is beautiful. Love all the flowers.

  8. thank you for sharing your beautiful garden...makes me think about getting out in mine....

  9. Simply gorgous! I was driving down a street the other day admiring the flowering trees trying to work out what they were...but I think you answered my question...Robinia's...because the flowers were purple and drooped down and were shaped rather like a wisteria flower. Thank you, Sue SA.

  10. Such a lovely garden and wonderful photos. Isn't nature so inspiring!

  11. thankyou again for the lovely tour of your colourful garden, I know you offered your pics once before for desktop purposes, could I ask to borrow these also, thanks

  12. I love all the plants and flowers in your garden - but especially roses :)


  13. i'm sure Margaret will love all the pics........must get over there one day..........

  14. Thank you for sharing, your garden is beautiful.

  15. I am not surprised you love your garden - it is stunning! Love all your plants and how you have put them together!

  16. Your garden is stunning! Thank you for sharing it with us. Made my day.

  17. I will join you for a tour one day Chooky - just stunning - how on earth do you keep 2 gardens - thanks for the tour

  18. What a beautiful garden, and so beautifully planned out. I am just starting on the garden of my new home, so this is such a wonderous garden to see.

  19. Thank you for the name of the Betchel crap apples. I saw them at a Doctor's surgery and no one knew the name and I saw one in Kmart but no name and this year is the best one so far for flowers.
    I have about 4 different types but just did not have a clue what this one was called.

  20. Your garden is spectacular. I love your roses. I am a big fan of david Austin Roses and was fortunate to visit his gardens and garden shop in Albrigton, UK a couple of weeks ago. Can you please tell me the name of you tree with the tassels? I have one in my garden and I don't know what it is.


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