Hourigans, Kyneton

Today, Sunday, was the final day of the 2019 Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival. Open gardens are one of the attractions of the festival so a garden loving friend and I headed off to visit two of the gardens.

The first garden we visited was Hourigans located on the edge of town next to the busy Calder Freeway.  The property had formerly been part of a farm and the backyard is dominated by two enormous, old conifers.

The back yard also has this tall, beautifully arranged wood pile. Perhaps the old conifers were the source of some of the wood.

I was fascinated by the colours and texture of the logs.

I wondered if the logs provide habitat for insects and other creepy crawlies.

I think old farms provided these decorative elements.


What to do with old terracotta pots!


Daffodils and tulips provide bright splashes of colour.


6 Responses

  1. There are some wonderful ideas there; love the pots with the house leeks in them!

    • Yes, open gardens have provided inspiration for some of the ideas I have incorporated into my own garden.

  2. What interesting things you found to photograph, I enjoyed your tour.

    • Hello Susan, Each open garden has something to admire – not necessarily plants!

  3. That is a very old wood stack, and likely does support millions of tiny life forms! We have wood piles here along our neighbor’s fence line, which makes a nice focal barrier (keeping his dogs from seeing us much and barking incessantly).

    Tumped over terracotta pots provide wonderful toad homes too. I have several placed like the ones in your photo and generally find a little toad or lizard seeking shade from the sun.

    • Thanks Lori, I like it when gardens also provide habitat for a variety of life forms. They become part of the web of life.

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