Late spring and early summer there are many opportunities to take a peak into other peoples gardens.
Many are open as part of the Australian Open Gardens Scheme.
Make the most of these special openings to enjoy the efforts of fellow gardeners who invite you as a visitor into their private garden sanctuaries. The gardens are in top condition and brimming with clever ideas and practical solutions to common problems.
Two gardens I have visited recently are Summerfield and Harrow.
“Summerfield” is a country garden to the east of Cabarlah. A charming home set on the crest of a low rise and surrounded by softening trees and shrubs. The garden has many places to sit and relax close to the house and is a haven for numerous small birds.
An outside shower is a novel discovery as you make your way around the garden. There is a small orchard and an enclosed vegetable garden a short distance from the house. This is a magic little space which includes four olive trees, another shady place to sit and a water feature that must be great to listen to as you enjoy pottering around with the veges.
Summerfield setting Seating on the decks
The enclosed vege garden Outdoor Shower
“Harrow” is a 10 acre garden surrounding an historic 1870’s homestead to the west of Cambooya.
This is a classic country garden filled with large shady trees, roses and many features. On the day I visited the garden was full of visitors and all seemed happy just taking in the peaceful surroundings. It was easy to fill a couple of hours sitting by the small lake on a beautiful afternoon.
The Lake. The Rose Arbour
For me, Harrow is like an essay in plant selection. It is a great indicator for tough plants that will survive conditions of exposure ( winter frosts, summer heat) and heavy black soil.
I have added a link on our links page to the garden’s website.
"Harrow" Rose bed with Tulbaghia border
posted by Evan Prentice - 2010-11-01