Frogmore Revisited 2017

We have been having gorgeous autumn weather in Castlemaine recently – mild temperatures, warm sunshine and calm days. It was even gorgeous on the Great Dividing Range on Wednesday the 12th of April when a friend and I visited Frogmore Nursery and Gardens near Newbury.

The nursery specialises in rare and unusual bulbs and perennials. The gardens are bliss for flower lovers with an abundance of flowering plants suited to a cool, moist climate and rich volcanic soils. They are only open to the public for a few days in autumn.

I last visited Frogmore in 2014 so I was interested to see how the gardens looked on my second visit.

Zinnias are rarely seen in gardens.

 

Frogmore’s owner was grateful for the fine day as it had been raining since the weekend. He was worried the blooms would begin to rot if they couldn’t dry out.

 

 

 

 

There are lovely views across the garden to the Wombat Forest.

 

 

Some shrubs were in full autumn finery.

 

Shiny, red berries glowed like jewels in the autumn  sunshine.

 

The prairie garden was looking particularly splendid. Only a few days  before in driving rain and winds, the grasses were lying flat. On Wednesday, they were looking their best.

 

 

 

 

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Frogmore again. It is quite different from other open gardens I visit in Central Victoria. The prairie garden is unique for this area.

 

 

 

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4 Responses

  1. What a beautiful place, I loved the prairie garden and the view over to the Wombat Forest.

    • Hi Susan, Because of the garden’s proximity to the Wombat Forest, there are lots of native birds in the garden and wombats wander in.

  2. What an exquisite prairie garden! I think I would feel right at home in this area… I really enjoyed your photographs. The landscaping is outstanding!

    • Hi Lori, Yes, the prairie garden is really special. I like the way the grasses have autumn colours. Because the garden is divided into rooms separated by dense, high hedges, there is no hint of what lies within until you walk through the entrance. What a surprise!

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