Jenny’s Garden, Glenlyon


The season for open gardens has commenced again – yay!

The owners of five gardens around Glenlyon opened their gardens to the public on the weekend of the 29th and 30th of August.

Glenlyon is a small township near Daylesford on the Great Dividing Range.

I visited two of the gardens, the first being Jenny’s Garden in the heart of the township.

Be prepared for photographs of daffodils in this and a later post about the second garden I visited.






I was able to admire the structure of the espaliered trees which were still bare of leaves.




Protecting precious seedlings with soft drink bottles.


Does anybody know what this vegetable is? It is the most gorgeous shade of purple and is new to me.






There were swathes of hellebores under the deciduous trees. This is not a sight you would see around Castlemaine where hellebores are planted in small numbers in protected parts of the garden where they receive dappled shade.








Yesterday’s heroes – These seed heads from last season contrast with the new lush green growth.




The fresh colours of new growth are every where.


14 Responses

  1. Such an exciting time seeing all the fresh new growth! How lovely that we can share the Seasons through the worldwide reach of our blogs 🙂

    • Yes, I agree it is wonderful being able to share what is happening in our corners of the globe. I feel quite envious reading about the northern summers when I am hunkering down during winter here.

  2. How refreshing to see spring sprouts and plant life coming alive. Here we are winding down from the summer heat, and plants are showing signs of stress. Thank you for a lovely spring garden walk! 🙂

    • Thank you, Lori. Spring is a period of enlivening and it is a joy seeing the deciduous trees clothed in their new lacy greenery.

  3. What a beautiful display of Spring, Margaret. So fresh and brimming with vitality.

    • Thanks Gail. With the Glenlyon gardens in the last weekend of August and the Kyneton gardens open for the first weekend of the Daffodil and Arts Festival on the 5th and 6th of September, I have been surrounded by an array of daffodils in their various forms and colours… more spring gardens to follow.

      • That’s lovely. Daffodils are so cheery. I’ll enjoy seeing your stories of more spring gardens.

  4. Lovely spring filled possibilities. Spring is in the air! 🙂

    • Yes, Fran. Spring is in the air. Castlemaine is looking very picturesque in its adornment of white and pink blossoms at present.

      The weather is becoming milder – yesterday was gorgeous – whilst today the temperatures have been bitingly cold……..typical volatile spring weather.

      • You never assume with Aussie weather eh? Thank you for sharing those lovely images. They certainly put a spring in my day 🙂

  5. I can feel your excitement about spring, Margaret! I’m looking forward to you sharing the open garden tours. I don’t get a chance to see many older Australian gardens like you often share so it is a treat for me. Daffodils are gorgeous flowers and so cheerful looking. I expect you have more of a distinct spring down south after colder winters? Thank you for another lovely tour.

    • Thanks, Jane. Yes, we have the traditional four seasons here in Victoria. However, I am grateful we don’t have the full winter dormancy which is experienced in the northern hemisphere where it snows. There is always something blooming in gardens and the bushland begins to bloom from midwinter onwards until the heat of summer.

      The season of wildflowers is gathering pace right now.

  6. What a pretty Spring garden.

    • The gardens were opened to display their winter aspect. The gardens had been opened in previous years in summer and autumn.

      However, the last weekend of August is right at the end of winter so the spring bulbs were in full swing.

      Visiting the gardens in mid winter, July, would have been no fun at all – wet, miserable, cold………..

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