Gardens of the Hedge (Horticultural Endeavours Demonstrating Gardening Enthusiasm) originally began as the fringe to the Castlemaine and District Festival of Gardens held every two years. Between the 31st of October and the 8th of November 2015 (Cup Week to Victorians), Gardens of the Hedge opened their gardens in the ‘off’ year for the Garden Festival.
So I was very happy to visit Harmony View on the 7th of November. Harmony View is situated on the edge of the Harcourt township. The top view epitomises two main aspects of the garden – a rural outlook and callistemons.
The rural outlook
Callistemons in full bloom –
Crimson and white.
There was a small vegetable patch in raised beds.
The strawberries, whilst blurry in the photograph, looked very inviting.
Gardens of the Hedge will be opening their gardens again in September of this year. The Castlemaine and District Festival of Gardens will be in full swing during Cup Week. Happy Days are ahead!
My previous post about Port Fairy featured the Community Water Mural, a project of the Port Fairy Consolidated School.
This post features another mural in Port Fairy. The Port Fairy Angling Club looks out over the Moyne River. Nothing special about the club building, but some one has allowed their artist to run free in the creation of this mural painted on a shed.
I wonder if anglers can identify the fish depicted?
The day is bright and sunny. It is 35 degrees Celsius, the air conditioner is going and I am searching through my archives for a post for this week. My attention alights upon a garden I visited in September during the 2015 Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival.
The 6th of September 2015 was grey and bitterly cold as only Kyneton can be. Yet, I braved the elements to visit two town gardens which were open as part of the festival.
Ainsley is a garden which has been remodelled over the past four years. The rear of the property slopes down to the Campaspe River. The garden experiences more severe cold and frosts than other parts of Kyneton resulting in more challenging growing conditions.
This part of the garden is still being developed. I was interested in the way old concrete and rubble was being used to form the garden edging/wall for this built up bed.
The purple broccoli was eye catching. Purple vegetables were present in various open gardens I visited last spring.
The front garden has been remodelled over the past two years.
Each month, Katie and I travel from Castlemaine down the Calder Highway to Melbourne where I stay for 2 to 3 nights. I visit my father who is 91 years old, other family and friends. Katie gets to hang out with Kliff and Lucy, the canines who reside with my brother, Malcolm and sister, Beverley.
In the collage, I am passing Mt. Macedon with its Memorial Cross and low hanging cloud – quite often mist, fog or rain.
Whilst I am glad to catch up with family and friends, I am also glad when it is time to return home.
When I first moved to Castlemaine, I was told the longer I lived here, the harder it would become to return to Melbourne. The people who said this were right! If I knew nobody in Melbourne, there would be no reason for this monthly trip.
Here are Lucy, the Golden Retriever, and Kliff, the Bull Arab X, sunning themselves.
My niece, Lily, took the photograph.
‘Nothing to see here‘ you would think, but you would be wrong! Even the most utilitarian of structures can be transformed by art as I discovered during my holiday in Port Fairy earlier this year.
I didn’t realise some witless vandal (I’m being polite here) had defaced the mural by adding penises to the birds until I took a closer look at this photograph. Some people have no respect and it’s kids art for goodness sake!
Morose looking wader.
‘Well done, Port Fairy Consolidated School, ‘ I say.
Once again, I have had the pleasure of attending an art workshop conducted by Ann Bidstrup of Heart Art in late November.
I departed from mosaics and created this heart using aluminium embossing foil. The embossing tool was a biro. The ink was wiped off with methylated spirits when the embossing process was finished.
Everyone’s an art critic.
It is a treat being able to view sculpture in a rural garden setting. The different exhibitions held at Mica Grange on the slopes of Mt. Alexander create opportunities to view new works – some by artists seen previously and some by new artists.
I wonder what these children are pondering. I think they would look great gazing into a small pool with fish or frogs.
Who would have thought an earwig would be the subject for sculpture? And it is so lovingly crafted.
It is amazing what can be created using chicken wire, old metal and reclaimed metal shelving.
I think these frocks are a delight.
Masai warriors on the front lawn – Why Not??
This piece is stunning.
I photographed these works when I visited Mica Grange on Sunday, the 15th of November 2015.
Sunday was a brilliant Central Victorian spring day – mid 20s, not a cloud in the sky, bright sunshine, a slight breeze. I was standing on the slopes of Mt. Alexander, together with a 1,ooo flies, looking out from the Mica Grange garden at the view. Everything around me could be seen in the sharpest of detail – the atmosphere was so clear – no dust, smoke, heat haze or humidity.
The spring sculpture exhibition was in full swing and so was the garden.
This post concentrates on the garden whilst the next post will feature the sculptures.
The fairy garden is a new addition.
It was interesting to compare the garden this spring with last year’s spring garden. This year, the roses were triumphant whilst the proteas were still getting in their stride………..
………..However, these were the exception.
This planting of succulents was very eye catching.
This plaque was the genesis of a series of photographs taken when I was holidaying in Port Fairy in September. The notable historic buildings have similar plaques attached to their walls or fences. This sparked my interest in other signs on buildings or structures in the town. Below is a photograph of the historic Methodist Church.
Some of the plaques have weathered quite a bit unlike the bluestone former courthouse. I didn’t need to read the plaque to know the original purpose of the building as its design is typical of courthouses.
An apothecaries hall was a first for me. The building which is now a private home, bears an image of a pestle and mortar.
The Lecture Hall was another first for me. Inside were beautiful examples of pressed metal and painted cherubs.
The plaque on the wall said:
1881 – 1882
Land grant 1864
to Belfast Temperance and Philharmonic Society
(Port Fairy was known as Belfast for some years)
The building is still in use as a lecture hall. I attended a lecture given by Clive Blazey, one of the founders of The Diggers Club, as part of the Port Fairy Festival of Words.
In front of the Lecture Hall is an area of new bluestone paving.
Perhaps the Russell Clarke reserve was a place Grandma Jean liked to frequent.
This sign had a sternly serious tone…………
………….whilst these were light hearted.
‘Indulgence’ in the tiny settlement of Wheatsheaf was the second garden I visited on the 30th of August this year during the Gardens of Glenlyon open gardens event.
I am ashamed to admit I ran out of puff touring this extensive garden and didn’t quite make it down to the lake. However, there was plenty to see and appreciate:
Quirky garden art and ornamentation
Very serious vegetable garden protection with fancy doors
And this goose and its companions.