I am not interested in tuning into the horse racing of Melbourne Cup Day so I spent Tuesday, the 4th of November doing something I really like – visiting two open gardens in the nearby township of Taradale. These gardens were open as part of the Castlemaine and District Festival of Gardens.
‘Elysium’ was the garden I visited in the morning and is the subject of this post.
The property is situated in the heart of the township and is bordered by the fences of neighbouring properties and a sheep paddock.
The garden has two distinct sections – a new section developed over the past 16 months with a moon gate as the back drop and an older established section which has a large pond.
The owner has created a no dig garden where plants have been planted into raised garden beds which are heavily mulched. Many of the trees have been planted as more mature specimens.
A view across the new garden to the moon gate and……
looking back through the moon gate to the new garden.
Colour in the new garden.
The pond is a dominant feature of the older garden.
This comical emu is placed in one of the densely planted beds of the older garden. Shady deciduous trees provide dappled light for hellebores which had finished flowering and the peonies which had just begun flowering or were still in bud. Hellebores and peonies are a rare sight in Castlemaine whose climate is not well suited to these plants.
Lots more colour in the older section of the garden.
A deciduous tree clad in its fresh spring leaves.