Entrance to an open garden at Castle Forbes Bay, Tasmania
Last week my mum and aunt came to visit me in Tassie (from Sydney and London respectively), and we drove down the Channel to see a couple of open gardens that were open as part of the Australian Open Garden Scheme.
The guy who owns the garden had planted a memorial garden to his son with his wife, who sadly passed away just as it was being finished. The memorial garden was populated by roses, and was a pleasingly symmetrical and formal space in the middle of the otherwise rather casually composed garden.
Swoonworthy artist studio, Grove
The Castle Forbes Bay garden was more flower-based, although they had an impressively extensive treehouse.
The roses smelled amazing. I'm not usually a rose fan, although I was tempted by these gorgeously scented specimens.
A three-way grafted apple tree
A greenhouse for vertically-grown tomatoes, capsicum and cucumbers
The husband was fuchsia-obsessed, and not only gave me propogation hints, but also cuttings of a number of his specimens. It's amazing - I never knew there were so many varieties.
a page on how to take Fuchsia Cuttings.
After the gardens we drove to Cygnet for lunch at the Red Velvet Lounge, which was the perfect Autumnal Sunday arvo treat. We then continued on to Fleurtys at Birchs Bay, which has an extensive sculpture walk throughout the natural bush grounds.
In all, fantastically inspiring day.
Photo Credits: Thanks to Nola James (photographer extraordinaire) for supplying most of these photos.