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Merino, Australia

Its a lovely time in my garden .. Sort of between seasons. Lots of flowers still coming, some finished and everything very green before summer arrives and sucks up all the moisture.
The garden is now 10 years old . All the trees you will see except for a few gum trees, are all around 10 years old too. Most are seedlings from established trees.
I have Ash, Maple, Liquidamber, Eucalypt, Chestnut, Manchurian Pear,Melaleuca, Wattle, Geraldton Wax , nectarine, Apple, Peach and Plum trees.
There are lots of lovely bushes both small and tall. Natives blend in with others. Bottlebrush, Hakea, Viburnum, Forsythia,Correa, Blue Fountain Bush, Bougainvillea, Oleander, Eriestemon, Ceanothus ( both the blue and the white ), Abutilon, Japonica, Lilac,Cotinus, Grevillea,Magnolia and more.
I watered these larger plants for a year to establish, then they have had to do their own thing on rain only.
There are lots of other plants you will see as we walk.
Starting off at the gate , this is a lovely scene when the sun is out and the cream daisies are smiling. One the side is a pink hawthorn and a white eriestemon.

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Merino, Australia

First, around to the cottage garden. This is a wild riot of color in spring and summer with honesty, valerian, kniphofia, wallflowers, heritage iris, freesias, various colors in alstromerias, plus numerous other plants that end up in here. Its a bit more sheltered than the rest of the garden but still gets lots of wind and afternoon sun.

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Merino, Australia

Another view of the cottage garden showing the lovely cotinus along the back with a very large correa, abutilons and plumbago.

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Merino, Australia

Leaving the cottage garden , you will smell the lovely lavenders, The green on eon the right is very pretty. The arch has a kennedia nigrans on it.

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Merino, Australia

This is the garden in the front of the house, At the moment , looking a bit wild but growing well. It was a rose area but I moved them all out to the iris area because they were getting over crowded and not doing well. Now there are lots of bulbs , grasses, dutch iris and asiatic liliums. A small camellia sasanqua ( a bit hidden now) will eventually look lovely beside the bird bath. Lots of salvias along the path with small lavenders.

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Merino, Australia

Out the gate here to the orchard area. This orange geranium makes a wonderful ground cover. Ivy geranium creeps around and a cordyline sits with a grevillea.

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Merino, Australia

One of my seats near the rosemary border. On the left is an area of more grasses and day lilies with 2 strelitzias.
Along the right is a bed of bulbs with small kniphofias at the back with agapanthus.

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Merino, Australia

Going back out along the path near my greenhouses. More bulbs with lots of ranuncs etc. A lilac and two small viburnums.

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Merino, Australia

Now we leave around the house and wander out to the larger garden areas. This is my mess of succulents where nothing else wants to grow. Out in all the weather they do well.

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Merino, Australia

Going in the gate to the fern house and the epi houses. The purple flowers of the echium look beautiful at the moment. It has self seeded all over the ground around here. I have planted lots around other parts of the garden.

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Merino, Australia

Some of the epiphyllums. They reach out to hug me when ever I go in there. They are even larger now and full of buds.

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Southwest , NH(Zone 5b)

Oh My, Jean....what a lovely tour of your gardens! I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm just amazed that you have a mix of plants that I have in both my zone 5 gardens in NH and my zone 10 gardens here in Florida. There are so many pretty blooms and different textures. What a lovely place to be! Thank you for that lovely walk around your home! Are the white daisies in the first photo osteospermum with the blue centers? I'm trying to find some here now. I found them last year and they did beautifully here. I think they are very striking, as are your orange geraniums, not to mention every other plant I can see. Just lovely!!

Merino, Australia

More of the epis and the bromeliads. The bromeliads are moving soon to their own shadehouse and the epis will have more room to grow. . Looking down , you can see the fern house way down the end.

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Merino, Australia

Hello Louise, Come and join me.
Going in the gate to the paddock garden. Look at th ever blooming purple native hibiscus ( alogyne ) The climber is an ivy geranium in a lovely purple.

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Merino, Australia

looking down to the grape vines , we cant go down that path as I usually let it grow during spring because it looks so pretty. There are large orange kniphofias with blue and white agapanthus . Lots of roses along with bright orange and yellow marigolds.

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Merino, Australia

Lots of daylilies and californian poppies on the right. Lots of clover too, but I leave it during spring as it doesn't interfere with the plants and adds nitrogen to the soil. On the right is a large rose bed over grown with species geranium and geranium maderense.

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Merino, Australia

We could go this way, but I think we'll go the other path. Blue fountain bush is the perfume you can smell. It drifts around everywhere out here along with the jasmine near the gate.

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Merino, Australia

Here you can see the lovely red Japonica still out . Asiatic liliums all coming up and roses. The hellebores are all just behind the purple leaf hebe.

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Some of the ferny geranuim jungle. There are roses in there and other plants which all seem to get along with the geraniums.

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Walk this way to the irises. The funny archway is just branches with a gorgeous climbing red rose over the top. It only blooms once a year .

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Clifton Springs, Australia

Wait for me Jean, this is a lovely tour on such a wet day......
I think I saw a fairy on one of the paths...my eyesight is not the best and I had to blink, but there she was.
Hi Louise, isn't everything so pretty.
Dianne

Merino, Australia

A quick look at the irises. Still a lot to flower.

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Merino, Australia

Catch up Dianne. We are off down the path under the willow tree. this is a wilder area and plants can please themselves what they do and where they go.

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Clifton Springs, Australia

The Irises look fantastic, along with everything else.....am I glad I visited when I did.

Merino, Australia

Ther are lots of things growing down here. Nasturtiums run riot. Forget me nots, Acanthus, arums, wallflowers , erigeron and lots more . Nice seat for a hot day as the willow gives shade from the sun.

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Merino, Australia

looking up under the willow . Looks lovely now but very dry in summer.

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Merino, Australia

This is the other side of the path looking down to the neighbors paddock. Nothing much does really well here so I let things that will grow, do what they want. Lots of bulbs there and the watsonias just starting to come out.

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Merino, Australia

Another view under the willow tree.

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Clifton Springs, Australia

GTG, Jean, but I will be back later and I will bring a thermos of tea and a couple of chocolate eclairs and sit on that garden seat with you and Louise.
Dianne.

Merino, Australia

Looking back to the back of the house from near the grape vines.

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Merino, Australia

Okay, thats the lot. We can all sit down and enjoy a cuppa now. I hope you enjoyed the tour and got lots of bits and pieces.
I am not going back to check for spelling mistakes as I'm too tired. I have to get hubbys lunch. Dear patient thing has waited while I did all this.
happy day. Jean.

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barmera, Australia

Jean that was a fabulous way to wile away the afternoon. Everything looks very happy. I even saw a couple of cactus and a Medusa's head. Beautiful and best of luck with the show. Colleen

Sydney, Australia

Oh Jean ...I will come visit a bit later when I can have a good look!
I know I will love it!

Sydney, Australia

What a wonderful tour ...enough to keep 6 people busy.
I greatly enjoyed your garden ...a wonderful Country garden.

Brisbane, Australia

Oh Jean, thanks so much for the tour. You have a wonderful garden. I would love to explore in and about the place for real, it is so lovely. Thanks for sharing.

Karen

Southwest , NH(Zone 5b)

Oh, wasn't that a fun tour, Dianne? I'm so glad you joined us for the walk through Jean's lovely, lovely gardens. My goodness, Jean.....is there any plant you don't have represented there? I love the free-flowing nature of your gardens. So many pretty things to see, I will have to walk back through again. What is that purple/orangeypink flower across from the bench we sat on to eat our eclairs? I've never seen one like that. I know you must be tired....so thank you again. What a treat!
Louise

Merino, Australia

Louise. I am presuming you meant the winter wallflower. Most plants are that color mix but I do have some self seeded and cutting grown ones that are just purple or pink/purple. It flowers madly all through winter and doesn't know when to stop. It really should be cut back but I love the sprawling look. I usually cut back hard in summer.
Thanks for the nice comments everyone. I love my organised chaos garden.

Inland S.E QLD , Australia

Jean your garden is looking beautiful. Very much a relaxed flowing cottage garden...not at all contrived .Well done

Southwest , NH(Zone 5b)

So that's a winter wallflower, huh? Just beautiful! I do love your naturally flowing gardens, Jean!

Sydney NSW, Australia

Jean,

Well what a pleasure it has been to walk around your garden.
I must say that when you explain that "they do as they please"...they please very well indeed! What a joy for me and what a joy for you, your family & friends alike.
It makes me so sad for moi that I have lost what looked to be a smidgeon like your garden.......sooo pretty, practical and colourful. I tend to like a bit of 'hedgerow and order' at the front of my home and 'let it rip' at the back and sides, (I am reflecting on what I used to have).
Thank you again for the stroll and the cuppa under the willow..SIGH****
Cheers
Anna :- )

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