MacFlax
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Canberra, Australia

Country Gardens

13 Nov '12 2:31 am
There have been quite a few country gardens open this spring, either as part of the Open Garden scheme or as local fundraisers. I thought I'd share some pics.

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Kerole
A Gardener of Disrepair
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Taupaki, New Zealand

Re: Country Gardens

13 Nov '12 8:24 am
Gosh that's quite a range of garden art! Love the crazy drum horse. Did the gardens inspire you MacFlax?

MacFlax
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Canberra, Australia

Re: Country Gardens

18 Nov '12 3:18 am
It was very inspiring, if only I had the space! I was able to find out the names of a few plants to add to my wish list. I saw some great garden seats but nothing quite right for our garden, and I've now actually planted a tree in what was going to be my little sitting area up in the top corner. :lol:

Here's a few more pics.

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moosey
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Re: Country Gardens

18 Nov '12 1:33 pm
You've seen some lovely things in those gardens, MacFlax. And I see some backyard cricketers, like I've got. So they are playing in Australia as well as New Zealand, hee hee...

I like that drum horse too. He looks a bit shy... Cheers, M
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MacFlax
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Canberra, Australia

Re: Country Gardens

18 Nov '12 2:49 pm
I came round the corner onto the lawn and saw the cricketers and got all excited, I shouted "hey, just like Moosey!"

One of the rural properties is also an iris nursery, so here's some more photos (I just found out the limit for a post is twenty).

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moosey
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Re: Country Gardens

21 Nov '12 8:15 am
Iris gardens are amazing in season, aren't they? I'm always impressed by the single-mindedness of these places, though. They really have a short time when they're absolutely wonderfully beautiful. And with a bit of rain, and then some wind - well, mine all fall over. I don't think an iris nursery's plants would be much different, would they? It's THE November definitive flower for me here, that's for sure.

I heard a rumour that those cricketers were first created for a promotion for some spirit alcohol drink, back in the 80s, that must have been a sponsor for a cricket series in Australia. I'd love to know if that's the case!
Cheers, M
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Kerole
A Gardener of Disrepair
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Taupaki, New Zealand

Re: Country Gardens

23 Nov '12 7:04 am
Oooh more lovely pics thanks! I adore the simple plank bridge and the steps disappearing down through a flowery garden. But the thing that really caught my eye was the 4 (FOUR) peg baskets on the clothes line. Firstly - who would leave the peg basket out on an open garden day? Secondly - why hadn't I thought of using more than one? It makes so much more sense than my current arrangement of an old tin nailed to the laundry table under the clothes line. The poor table is using the clothes line pole to stay upright, I fear it's legs are slowly giving out due to age and lack of care. That goes for my legs too.

And then there is a whole page of gorgeous irises! Wow! Love irises, they are fast becoming my next garden fetish, so to speak. I have 5 black irises, all slightly different, that have yet to flower - can't wait. And I have some pure white ones too. Now I am on the look out for some yellow and rusty ones.

Thanks MacFlax for the post!

MacFlax
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Canberra, Australia

Re: Country Gardens

24 Nov '12 5:10 pm
Heehee, I noticed the carefully arranged peg baskets too.
I tried googling those cricketeers but didn't find anything.

Well, here's another country garden, with its own historic old slab hut which I thought was rather lovely.

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Kerole
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Taupaki, New Zealand

Re: Country Gardens

25 Nov '12 7:40 am
Another lovely garden thanks. Everything is looking very fresh and green in your neck of the woods. It all looks very tranquil.

MacFlax
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Canberra, Australia

Re: Country Gardens

26 Nov '12 12:45 am
One more, in this country garden we even saw a visitor, an echidna!

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