Mica Grange Autumn Sculpture Exhibition 2017
May 5, 2017

In my last post about my recent visit to Mica Grange on Easter Saturday 2017, I concentrated on the garden. This post is about the autumn exhibition of sculpture and garden art.

There’s new work to see and new artists  – as well as the work of artists who have previously exhibited here.

The fairy realm has been extended – fairy houses were for sale.

 

 

The work of local potter, Ellen Hansa-Stanyer, featured strongly this year.

Her work is very playful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t know if the plastic fish came with the water feature.

 

 

Hmmmm…..not sure about the red.

This sculpture was intriguing. The figure is working out how to stick a wing back on the aeroplane.

Does anyone fancy replacing their children with this life size pair?

 

 

 

 

 

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Forest Edge, Muckleford 2016
December 11, 2016

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I have happily revisited Forest Edge during Castlemaine and District Garden Festivals over many years. It is easily my favourite garden and it did not disappoint on Monday, the 31st of October.

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Forest Edge is a large country garden with rural views.

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It has flowers…….

 

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……..lots of flowers……..

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…..lots of roses…….

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……a multitude of rock roses……..

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……….dense with bees……..

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…….. many irises………….

 

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………succulents imaginatively displayed……….

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…………..lots more flowers………..

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………even a moist, shaded corner where Solomon’s Seal can flourish………

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………..There are garden ornaments and garden art to intrigue and delight……….

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……..and finally, these two photographs give only a hint of the productiveness of the garden.

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Serenity, Newstead
November 27, 2016

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The Castlemaine and District Festival of Gardens was a very busy week. During the week, I visited two open gardens in Newstead – Lacey’s which I posted a few weeks ago and Serenity.

Serenity is right in the heart of the township. It presents a modest frontage, but there is more to Serenity than initially meets the eye. The property extends way back behind the house. As we stood in the back yard, one local remarked she had walked past the property many times and had no idea how big it actually is.

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The garden is heavily planted with members of the daisy clan – reliable performers in Newstead’s tough climate.

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I admired the effect of blue, white and green in this planting.

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I don’t often see foxgloves. There was quite a show in this garden.

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The owners clearly like lots of colour in their garden.

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The owners have added decorative elements to add interest.

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They clearly want to sit and enjoy the garden.

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This garden retreat at the rear of the property is still a work in progress. The interior is not quite finished but the verandah is a joy to behold. It is so inviting.

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Lacey’s, Newstead
November 3, 2016

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The Castlemaine and District 14th Biennial Festival of Gardens is being held this week and I’ve been overdosing on flowers. Lacey’s in Newstead which I visited on Sunday, the 30th of October, was a feast of blooms due to the good rains we have enjoyed this year.

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Iris were definitely the stars of the show.

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There is much to amuse and delight in this garden. Jennifer Lacey is a creative spirit and the garden reflects this.

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I was very impressed with the collection of objects used to decorate the water tank.

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Barry Lacey teaches Tai Chi and the garden reflects his interest in the orient including bonsai.

 

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Many roses are still in bud due to cooler temperatures this spring. However, some were happily blooming on Sunday.

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Some people might regard this poultry flock as ideal – no need to feed or protect from predators. The down side is – no eggs.

Mosaic Garden, Kyneton
October 7, 2016

 

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Today’s post features a garden that was open during the 2016 Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival held from the 1st to the 11th of September. I visited the Mosaic Garden on Wednesday, the 7th of September.

The gardener, Geraldine Phelan, is a mosaic artist and her work is dotted throughout the garden.

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The Mosaic Garden has a few quirky features. This life size red horse is one.

 

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As well as mosaics, there were plenty of camellias to admire.

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The art of Paul Gaugin had a strong influence.

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These babushka dolls were very appealing.

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Geraldine’s studio was worth a visit as well with beautiful mosaic dragons on display.

Warrawong, a Country Garden
June 24, 2016

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Here is another garden of the HEDGE (Horticultural Endeavours Demonstrating Gardening Enthusiasm) to delight you. It is certainly warming revisiting these photographs of Warrawong on a frigid winter’s night when snow has been falling in the nearby town of Daylesford up on the Great Dividing Range.

These photographs were taken last November.

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Warrawong sits high on a ridge overlooking the tiny settlement of Yapeen.

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There are some interesting inhabitants of this garden as well as…….

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…………eye catching displays of potted plants. The bamboo water feature attracted my attention.

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Water is a welcome addition to …………

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…………..dry, rocky surroundings.

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As you can see, the garden abounds with drought tolerant plants which thrive in the heat.

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Glen-Olney, A Town Garden, Kyneton
May 23, 2016

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For this post, I am looking back to the Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival of 2015. On the 6th of September, I visited two gardens, Ainslie and Glen-Olney, on a grey and bitterly cold day.

It was a pleasure to experience Glen-Olney where the colours of flowers and fruit glowed in the grey. Except for the owner’s friendly dogs, I pretty much had the garden to myself during the time I was there.

 

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Garden features incorporating found objects were a novelty.

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Autumn Sculpture at Mica Grange
April 20, 2016

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Birds of all sizes and materials were a particular feature of the sculpture exhibition at Mica Grange this autumn.

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I enjoyed the variety of mosaics.

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I was intrigued by this work with…….

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……….all these screws joined together.

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I admired the elegance of this object.

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The brightly coloured roses set this white sculpture off perfectly.

 

The Colours of Autumn at Mica Grange
April 11, 2016

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Hey, Ho! It was a beautiful autumn day, perfect for another visit to Mica Grange on Sunday, the 3rd of April to view the latest sculpture exhibition. However, in this post, I am concentrating on the garden. Whilst I have now made a number of visits to Mica Grange, there are new things to photograph as it is a garden which keeps on giving.

It was very pleasant wandering around the garden unescorted by the flies which were so abundant in spring.

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There are new objects to attract attention as the owners add to their own collection of garden art.

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The peppers created quite a show in the vegetable garden.

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The native bees were loving this flowering eucalypt.

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Spring Sculpture at Mica Grange
December 5, 2015

 

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It is a treat being able to view sculpture in a rural garden setting. The different exhibitions held at Mica Grange on the slopes of Mt. Alexander create opportunities to view new works – some by artists seen previously and some by new artists.

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I wonder what these children are pondering. I think they would look great gazing into a small pool with fish or frogs.

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Who would have thought an earwig would be the subject for sculpture? And it is so lovingly crafted.

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It is amazing what can be created using chicken wire, old metal and reclaimed metal shelving.

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I think these frocks are a delight.

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Masai warriors on the front lawn – Why Not??

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This piece is stunning.

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I photographed these works when I visited Mica Grange on Sunday, the 15th of November 2015.