Lacey’s, Newstead

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The Castlemaine and District 14th Biennial Festival of Gardens is being held this week and I’ve been overdosing on flowers. Lacey’s in Newstead which I visited on Sunday, the 30th of October, was a feast of blooms due to the good rains we have enjoyed this year.

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Iris were definitely the stars of the show.

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There is much to amuse and delight in this garden. Jennifer Lacey is a creative spirit and the garden reflects this.

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I was very impressed with the collection of objects used to decorate the water tank.

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Barry Lacey teaches Tai Chi and the garden reflects his interest in the orient including bonsai.

 

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Many roses are still in bud due to cooler temperatures this spring. However, some were happily blooming on Sunday.

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Some people might regard this poultry flock as ideal – no need to feed or protect from predators. The down side is – no eggs.

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6 Responses

  1. What a beautiful and interesting garden, no wonder you visited it. Loved the mosaics as well as the flowers.

    • Hi Susan, There is so much to admire and absorb in gardens such as Lacey’s. If you have imaginative ideas and a bit of practical know how or you are good mates with the local men’s shed, it is amazing what can be repurposed.

  2. Especially loved the playful elements.

    • Yes, it is a happy garden, Enevea. I had never seen porcelain plates converted into flowers before.

  3. What an inspirational place! Forrest’s grandmother adored iris and she has dozens (maybe a few hundred) varieties on this place. I love that garden sink, and also the display of the rusty tools and gadgets. I wish I could find some faux chickens like that! They look like a happy flock and they look realistic! All I can find around here look fake.

    • Hi Lori, There seems to be a limitless array of varieties of iris. This year they are especially stunning perhaps because the roses are late in blooming so the spotlight is on them instead of roses.
      The garden shops at nurseries stock garden ornaments which can be very realistic – from calves to sheep dogs to rabbits. Some have such an extensive range that you could create your own artificial farm yard.

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