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Joyces Park, Newstead
May 30, 2016

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For this post, I am featuring another open garden I visited in spring last year. Joyces Park is one of the Gardens of the Hedge (Horticultural Endeavours Demonstrating Gardening Enthusiasm) which were open for viewing from October, the 31st to November, the 8th 2015.

Joyces Park is a working farm. Farming implements and other bits and pieces gathered over the generations have found their way into the garden.

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Tough, hardy plants which are drought and frost tolerant are a feature of this garden.

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There were beautiful blooms to enjoy.

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I liked the humorous touches. Perhaps a stray Yeti had wandered into the garden.

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Plaistow Homestead – Joyces Creek
November 10, 2014

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Yippeee! It’s been Festival of Gardens time in Castlemaine and district from the 1st to the 9th of November. So there’ll be a few posts devoted to the gardens I visited over the next few weeks.

The Festival is held every two years. Twenty two gardens were listed in the official program and six gardens in the HEDGE – Horticultural Endeavours Demonstrating Gardening Enthusiasm – program. Yes, even a Garden Festival has a fringe.

I visited Plaistow, one of the HEDGE gardens, on Saturday, the 8th of November on a windy, hot day perfect for wandering around a property which has shady verandahs and trees.

This heritage listed property was settled in the early 1840s before the madness of the gold rushes. There is a rambling garden created for the pleasure of the owners and to supply the kitchen with fruit and vegetables.

I visited the garden about a month too late as the spring flowers had died, shrivelled or gone to seed. So I needed to focus on features other than a spring floral display.

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How many of us have one of these parked on our verandahs?

 

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 A sunny courtyard provides a sheltered retreat.

 

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An avenue of old peppercorn trees leads down to the creek and the paddocks.

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This is what lies beyond the garden fence.

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 I think this is the oldest olive tree I have seen with its spreading branches and gnarled trunk.

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