Archive for the ‘Taradale’ Category

Taradale House, Taradale
March 8, 2017

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Taradale House is the setting for weddings and celebrations providing accommodation and a venue for these events. It was open to the general public during the 2016 Castlemaine and District Festival of Gardens

The gardens have been designed to complement the purpose of this events business.

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Yellow was the dominant colour in the walled garden.

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This is the detail of the back of a garden seat.

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Lichen at Llandia, Taradale
December 28, 2016

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Llandia was another garden I visited during the 2016 Castlemaine and District Festival of Gardens.

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Australian natives were flowering including grevilleas………

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………and this mint bush.

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The lichen growing on mature deciduous trees was very photogenic.

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It was very pleasant sitting on the verandah enjoying afternoon tea whilst looking out over the garden in the gently falling rain.

 

The Art of The Keep
April 27, 2015

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 This is the third post about The Keep, an open garden I visited in November 2014 as part of the Castlemaine and District Festival of Gardens.

In this final post I pay attention to the elements which add to the pleasures of the garden.

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 Careful attention to detail – There is harmony in the arrangement of the  blue stone pavers.

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The use of water from the smallest ………

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………… to the expansive.

 

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 A weeping log supplies the dam with bore water.

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 Wood, metal, stone and pottery are artfully combined.

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I hope you have enjoyed the posts about this wonderful garden.

Fridgehenge
March 30, 2015

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 ‘Beware of the Fridges

These are wild undomesticated fridges

Approach with Caution

Do not Feed the Fridges’

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Local primary schools had really got into the spirit of things putting a lot of time and effort into their fridges.

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 ‘Welcome to our mouldy old fridge.’

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 Winters Flat Primary School was into avoiding waste and saving energy in a big way.

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 As you can see, I went bananas over Chewton Primary School’s fridge. I found the imaginary contents of the ‘preserves’ in the jars irresistible.

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 Castlemaine North Primary School’s fridge ‘Balinese Food Offerings’ was covered in coloured rice grains.

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 ‘Danger, Do Not open

Sculls Inside’

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 ‘You are what you eat!’

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Fridgehenge was a project of the Fringe Festival which ran concurrently with the Castlemaine State Festival from the 13th to the 22nd of March.

The Keep – Making The Most of Foliage
February 13, 2015

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 This is the second post about The Keep near Taradale.

This post features the ornamental garden with its emphasis on the colours, shapes and textures of foliage.

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 Water and the green of foliage is soothing.

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 The Crab Apple garden is green now the blossoms and flowering bulbs have finished.

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There is a wide palette of greens and foliage of different colours.

The owners like clipped rounded shapes.

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 I couldn’t resist the splashes of colour the flowers provided.

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The Keep – Taradale
February 3, 2015

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 The Keep is the final in a series featuring gardens I visited during the Castlemaine and District Garden Festival in November 2014.

I visited The Keep near Taradale for the first time on the 4th of November.

Unlike the gardens which feature floral displays, this country garden focuses on shape, foliage and texture. To fully appreciate this garden, I needed to take time to wander slowly, pause a while and observe. The more I looked the more there was to see. Despite my preference for colour, fragrance and flowers, I loved this garden as was evidenced by the number of photographs I took…… so this post is the first about ‘The Keep’.

And to be different, this first post is about the vegetable garden which is the tidiest, most organised productive garden I have ever seen.

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 Inside the green house are vegetables growing in mobile wicking beds.

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Most beds are netted to protect the vegetables from marauding wild life from the surrounding bushland.

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 A place for everything and everything in its place.

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 The berry houses.

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 There is a lot of composting going on.

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Elysium – Taradale
November 17, 2014

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 I am not interested in tuning into the horse racing of Melbourne Cup Day so I spent Tuesday, the 4th of November doing something I really like – visiting two open gardens in the nearby township of Taradale. These gardens were open as part of the Castlemaine and District Festival of Gardens.

‘Elysium’ was the garden I visited in the morning and is the subject of this post.

The property is situated in the heart of the township and is bordered by the fences of neighbouring properties and a sheep paddock.

The garden has two distinct sections – a new section developed over the past 16 months with a moon gate as the back drop and an older established section which has a large pond.

The owner has created a no dig garden where plants have been planted into raised garden beds which are heavily mulched. Many of the trees have been planted as more mature specimens.

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 A view across the new garden to the moon gate and……

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 looking back through the moon gate to the new garden.

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Colour in the new garden.

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 The pond is a dominant feature of the older garden.

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 This comical emu is placed in one of the densely planted beds of the older garden. Shady deciduous trees provide dappled light for hellebores which had finished flowering and the peonies which had just begun flowering or were still in bud. Hellebores and peonies are a rare sight in Castlemaine whose climate is not well suited to these plants.

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 Lots more colour in the older section of the garden.

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A deciduous tree clad in its fresh spring leaves.