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Friday, September 14, 2012

"Open Garden Visiting and a Birthday."


Last Sunday Ian and I had a great day out. We visited several Markets and two gardens that were open under the Australian Open Garden Scheme.

The first one we visited was open for the first time. This was in Gooseberry Hill. We were amazed at the terrain of the property. Very steep in places. You could get lost. I had awful thoughts of the lady owner falling and no-one finding her for ages. It was a lovely garden filled with lots of native plants. Paths were twisting and turning, very narrow in some places. There was a plentiful supply of water with a creek running through the property. The highlight for both of us was the pool area.

With views across the the Perth city. There were lots of people just sitting and relaxing enjoying the view.

Not far from the old home was a rock. They called it "Bold Rock"

Of course I had to have my picture on the rock!!!.

The next garden we visited was in Kalamunda. This garden has won awards for the best large garden. It was amazing, we both loved this garden more. I think because it was more accessible and the garden had some amazing plants and there was so many of them.This garden also had a wonderful water supply. With the garden being watered from a well and rainwater. No scheme water was used at all. Oh to live somewhere like this!!!

The lady owner made her own pottery as well. Sculptures and cast offs were dotted around the garden. The chook yard up the back had the biggest Rooster we have ever seen. It was battling to walk but found out it wasn't that old. I think it needs to go to a weight loss centre.
We purchased lots of plants from this place, all cuttings grown from the garden.

Visiting gardens like these just inspires us to keep on gardening. I have come to the following conclusions though. First I won't be using any more horse manure or free manure on our garden, far too many weeds have come up this year. The garden owner of the second garden also had this written on her blurb about her garden. The second one is that it takes about 30 years for a garden to really take shape. Only another 20 to go!!!

Here is Ian having a rest in the first garden. He must have known it was going to be a busy day!!! Ian celebrated his Birthday on Wednesday. He was suitably supplied with presents and Bonnie cooked him a nice Scotch Fillet Steak for tea with fresh Peas and Potato from the garden.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Happy days.
Bev C


Anonymous said...

happy birthday Ian and wow what a beautiful place,man it doesn't get get much better than vegs from your own garden.xx

Michelle said...

Happy Birthday Ian!
The gardens look fantastic, we have our annual province garden festival coming up in a couple of weeks I can't wait...:O)

Anthea said...

Happy Birthday to your husband Bev! The gardens are amazing, that sure is a stunning part of the world at this time of year...

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Happy birthday Ian...my Hubby loves steak too! What beautiful gardens Bev!

Karen said...

I think the Open Garden scheme is a brilliant idea. There are so many wonderful gardens full of inspiration and ideas. Looks like you had a great time.
And Happy Birthday to Ian, too!

Michelle Ridgway said...

Happy birthday to Ian. Lovely photos and great day out.

Fiona said...

Happy Birthday to Ian... the open gardens look great... I so admire people who let their gardens be seen by the public..

marina said...

lovely gardens and so much inspiration!

Terriaw said...

what a fun day to visit these amazing gardens! That pool is awesome too.

Sweet Cinnamon Stitches said...

A splendid way to spend the day Bev....lovely gardens!

Leanne said...

beautiful gardens - loved the pond. Ok so 30 years re the garden - gives me lots of reasons and answers now smile.
Happy birthday to your dh

chris said...

Happy Birthday Ian, sorry I missed you; hope you had a great day. Beautiful gardens to visit. Someone once told me never to collect manure from a paddock in a month with an 'r' in it, the grass is not seeding during these months - at least in the Southern Hemisphere, I have found this works. Stable manure is full of seeds.