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Frogmore Revisited 2017
April 14, 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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Frogmore – An Autumn Garden
April 18, 2014

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I visited this garden on the 6th of April.

Frogmore is a nursery specialising in plants and perennials suited to cool, temperate climates. It is situated in the Great Dividing Range at Newbury between Trentham and Blackwood. Frogmore backs onto the lushness of the Wombat State Forest.

Many of the plants grown at Frogmore would die in the rigours of ¬†Castlemaine’s climate so I wasn’t tempted to do any purchasing.

The show garden is open for 6 weeks in autumn.

The garden which is formally arranged into rooms edged by clipped hedges, is a feast for the eyes.

The photos give a taste only of the pleasures of Frogmore.

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I had the thrill of observing an Eastern Spinebill feasting on the nectar of these flowers.

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The neighbours have been visiting.

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Since I wrote this post, I visited Frogmore again in 2017. You might like to visit the newer post also.