A Garden Meander08:05:00
This has been an idea for a blogpost for a little while now and I think I have mentioned it previously before on the blog, and that has been to get out to Cam's aunt and uncles place out near the farm and go all snapparazzi and finally show you one of the loveliest gardens I know.
Last week, the kids and I finally got out to the farm and had one of the best afternoons we have had together for a long while. I did take loooooooooots of photos can I just say and it was very hard to choose which ones to put up. Upon review I was pretty extra pleased with how some of them came out as I did it all in manual mode (pat on the back to me) and tried very hard to get all the setting as right as I could, as quickly as I could with 2 kids in tow. I think I may just be getting a slight idea. There are a lot of pics to view, but they all help to tell the story so they all have to be posted. I also got a couple of great shots of the kids and some of what I think are quite creative shots if I do say so myself. That's enough blabbering folks. Here we go...
Welcome to Aroona.
I shall introduce the owners of this farm first of all. Margot and Robert are their names and yes, you could say its pretty nice having family close by. They have been here for about twenty years now and in that time Margot has established a beautiful garden and vegetable patch to boot. To me it is what you think of in your head when you imagine an old country house with a cottage garden filled with flowers, beautiful established trees, a true country style veggie patch and little nooks and crannies of plant goodness everywhere you look and around each corner you turn. It really is a charming little part of the world and its always lovely to visit and see what is in bloom, how the garden changes with the seasons and I also to get lots of advice, cuttings and inspiration for my own gardening repertoire.
Over a cup of afternoon tea on the back verandah I asked Margot about how it all has come about and she told me it has pretty well been out of trial and error and that she has never really had a plan, it has all just evolved over time. She went on to tell me that all of the different garden beds and aspects of the garden for her must have a 'feature' so to speak, so that when each new season comes along, something is always on show. At the moment you couldn't help but notice all the changing colours of the various deciduous trees, the beautiful camellias and the last precious roses and Dahlias. She has quite a collection of these I must add and are up there as some of her favourites. Margot also loves having a bounty of blooms and foliage available to bring inside the home and put on show in old vintage vases and vessels. As an evolving garden there is always something happening and a new plant to try and another blank canvas to create yet another beautiful space, currently there was the beginnings of a native garden by the veggie patch.
It does at times create a bit of work to maintain as all good gardens do; Plants need to be divided and planted, shrubs and trees need pruning, the lawn needs mowing and all the weeding needs to get done. However, for Margot its a labour of love and when you get to see the end result its all very much worth it.
Another great aspect of the garden is that many of the plants have come from cuttings and from sharing with other gardening friends. She has also been a member of our local gardening club for many years now and that too has been a great avenue to find and collect lots of plants for the garden. She also regularly volunteers her time to help and assist others in the community with their own gardens.
Being autumn there was lots for the eyes to see, take in and admire and just to enjoy and after taking all the photographs and getting the chance to have a good meander around I was in the best mood. I guess for someone who loves this gardening caper like me you really just can't help it but feel good.
Have you got a favourite garden that you love to visit. Perhaps a little nook in your own backyard?
I know I will be posting more from here again. Another season perhaps, some gardening words of wisdom and knowledge from Margot , some more inspiration. Hhmmmmm.
Until then, happy meandering! I can't wait to hopefully get some of those Dahlia tubers for Spring.
Thanks for visiting today.