Archive for April, 2014

Frogmore – An Autumn Garden
April 18, 2014

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I visited this garden on the 6th of April.

Frogmore is a nursery specialising in plants and perennials suited to cool, temperate climates. It is situated in the Great Dividing Range at Newbury between Trentham and Blackwood. Frogmore backs onto the lushness of the Wombat State Forest.

Many of the plants grown at Frogmore would die in the rigours of  Castlemaine’s climate so I wasn’t tempted to do any purchasing.

The show garden is open for 6 weeks in autumn.

The garden which is formally arranged into rooms edged by clipped hedges, is a feast for the eyes.

The photos give a taste only of the pleasures of Frogmore.

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I had the thrill of observing an Eastern Spinebill feasting on the nectar of these flowers.

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The neighbours have been visiting.

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Since I wrote this post, I visited Frogmore again in 2017. You might like to visit the newer post also.

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Print making – the first proofs
April 7, 2014

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At the last session of my print making course, I made the first proofs from the plates I had made.

It was interesting to see my work ‘in the flesh‘. However, it was clear I need to practise my inking skills.

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Not enough ink.

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Too much ink.

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I will remove the texture lines from the background of this one to provide more contrast with the lines in the central flower.

Next session, I will be practising my inking technique some more and experimenting with printing on different papers.