Archive for the ‘Harcourt North’ Category

Granite Garden, Harcourt North
November 6, 2018

Yippee! It is the Castlemaine & District Festival of Gardens this year. The festival is running from 3 to 11 November 2018. With twenty two gardens to choose from, there is something for anyone who is even vaguely interested in gardens.

On Sunday, a friend and I visited two gardens which were new to us.

The first garden we visited was Granite Garden situated in North Harcourt on the lower slopes of Mount Alexander.


There are views over a vineyard and orchards.

At the rear of the house, the garden slopes upwards.  The garden is packed with trees and shrubs.

The air was heavy with the perfume of flowering citrus.

I admired the healthy and flourishing lemon trees. They must enjoy the granitic soil and the higher slopes.

It is a pity I won’t be around when the figs are ready for eating.

The property is situated near an old granite quarry. Perhaps the stone for the steps and garden edging came from there.

Shady areas have been created under the canopy of trees.

I used to grow Green Goddess in my garden in Ferntree Gully.

The purple spires of the echium are striking. I would love to grow an echium in my garden but the plant needs more space than I can provide.

Two examples of native plantings are these grevilleas and ……..

……..this leptospermum or teatree.

I was very taken by these red leaves and red seed capsules.

This new garden bed is enhanced by a simple decorative element. Bamboo garden stakes of various lengths have been spray painted and grouped together.

I am pondering whether I can use this idea in my garden.

My friend and I were able to fully absorb the peace of the garden as we sat on a garden bench and enjoyed our picnic lunch.

It is a pity my photographs can’t capture the variety of bird calls or the flash of New Holland honey eaters as they darted among the shrubs.



Jardine’s – Harcourt North
March 13, 2014


Jardine’s is the third of this series of gardens I visited on the 4th of November 2013.

The granite house was built in 1994 and is surrounded by extensive grounds. Parts of the garden are Japanese inspired:



whilst other sections reflect European garden tradition.




There is a very Australian touch with a small carving of a magpie standing on a post welcoming visitors to the garden.


Charcoal Drawing: Ford Rd. Harcourt North
October 18, 2013

DSCN2539 The distance stretches out before me

Rolling away to far hills,

Faint puffs of cloud hang still in the sky.

It can be tough living up on this ridge being buffeted by the four winds

Exposed to heat and snow,

Yet, I envy those who drink in this view each day.

Monday, 7th October 2013.