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Old November 3rd, 2013, 05:54 PM
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Open Gardens, what a joy to visit them, really.

I am ashamed to say that I took no photo's of the first garden I went to. Pity, it was a bit formal but superbly done, the crowning glory IMO being a huge oak tree for shade in our hot summers, and a beautiful area for outdoor wining and dining.
However, this is the second garden, belonging to this superb old home which isn't heritage listed but should be. The owners won't push for it because if it was listed that really limits the work they can do on it. It originally belonged to a Dr, in fact there were 3 Dr's homes in a row back in the day. The garden is divided into garden rooms, and where one goes close to a fence they'd put a mirror to make it look bigger. Nice garden ornaments, very tasteful, very cool and shady. Loved this old palm.
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Old November 3rd, 2013, 06:05 PM
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This lovely old stone fence dividing two garden rooms I'm told by the owner was topped with high wire and whole lot was overgown with ivy. They must have been so happy to unearth such an attractive fence. Next photo shows their outdoor meal area at the back of the house, and a nice touch at this garden was that she had set out a table with some lovely garden books for people to look at, had these vases( x2) of Just Joey roses to adorn the table, and classical music playing. I could have stopped my tour right there, especially as morning tea was supplied.
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Old November 3rd, 2013, 06:13 PM
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Very lovely grounds, I bet you didn't see a weed anywhere. Reminds me of my house so much. (In my dreams)
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Old November 3rd, 2013, 06:14 PM
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I liked this garden. While a bit formal and manicured you could still imagine what fun children could have in it, or how relaxing it would be to come home to after work.
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Old November 3rd, 2013, 06:19 PM
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LOL. Yes, we can all dream, lindapalm. And, no, I did not see a weed. I did see some lovely green petunias , also a nice pale pink aquilegia I'd have liked in my garden.
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Old November 3rd, 2013, 06:32 PM
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Now, if you disregard the solar panels on the roof, this next home is 150 years old, the old Vicarage. Not a big garden and funnily enough, the landscaping that was done didn't look out of place. I was pleased to see that her Sprekelias(Jacobean lilies) are doing so well in the ground. Mine are potted but now I might start looking for a place for them.

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Old November 3rd, 2013, 06:35 PM
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Tried to add the photo's on the last post but couldn't.
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Old November 3rd, 2013, 06:44 PM
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I write a little shopping list as I inspect these gardens, so this was one rose I'm after now, the Rugosa rose, Frau Dagma Hastrup.
The Golden Iceberg standard rose was nice too, but doubt if I want it.
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