Archive for April, 2015

The Art of The Keep
April 27, 2015

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 This is the third post about The Keep, an open garden I visited in November 2014 as part of the Castlemaine and District Festival of Gardens.

In this final post I pay attention to the elements which add to the pleasures of the garden.

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 Careful attention to detail – There is harmony in the arrangement of the  blue stone pavers.

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The use of water from the smallest ………

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………… to the expansive.

 

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 A weeping log supplies the dam with bore water.

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 Wood, metal, stone and pottery are artfully combined.

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I hope you have enjoyed the posts about this wonderful garden.

Daylesford Botanic Gardens on Wombat Hill
April 20, 2015

 

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It was an absolutely delightful autumn day when I visited Daylesford Botanic Gardens on Friday, the 10th of April.

It was the last day of the term school holidays and the majority of visitors were puffing up the look out tower to take in the views of the town and surrounding countryside.

The shape and steepness of Wombat Hill suggest it is of volcanic origin but neither the brochure about the gardens nor a cursory scan of google gave any information about the hill’s origins.

I spent a lazy day wandering around the garden taking photographs, lunching among the tomatoes of the cafe’s kitchen garden and drawing.

 

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 Katie and I had our feet firmly on the ground as we admired the views.

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 The glowing, dappled light shining through the leaves of the elm drive was bewitching.

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This is a sight I am unlikely to see in Castlemaine – a holly tree full of berries. Hollies grow well in Daylesford with its cold, damp climate.

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Mica Grange Autumn Exhibition 2015
April 12, 2015

 

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 Flowers that say ‘autumn’ are Wind Flowers.

Some friends and I took advantage of the fine autumn weather this afternoon to visit Mica Grange on the slopes of Mt. Alexander to admire the garden, the views and the current garden art and sculpture exhibition.

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This group of whimsical art works have great appeal.

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And these little cuties came home with me.

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Mica Grange is the setting for two garden art and sculpture exhibitions a year. If you want to view the spring 2014 exhibition at Mica Grange click here.