The first thing I noticed as we walked up to the first garden were the clivias in bloom along their front fenceline.
Clivias of various shades were in full bloom
There was a bushhouse with ferns and begonias
bromeliads growing happily on tree stumps
a rustic fence feature
and beds of flowers
lots of flowers
so many flowers - so much colour
I love the way this conifer had been trimmed and trained to provide shelter for shade-loving bromeliads.
If they'll grow successfully in our garden, I think I could fall in love with abulitons.
The second garden was just around the corner but quite different in character. The landscaping was very modern and precise, with an oriental theme through much of the garden.
wide pathways, large rocks, camelias growing on the slopes
an abuliton trained as a standard
from the other direction - a waterfall
Overlooking the waterfall, a weeping cherry, conifers and maples
Rocky slopes were planted with low growing clipped shrubs and flowers
They discovered a photo of the tree, a pin oak, to the right of the house in a photo taken in 1930. It was waist high at the time.
The tennis court is a new addition.
Most of the garden is being restored in keeping with the house and its history
including the choice of plants.
Don't children just love a pond.
I loved the bed of pansies along the front of the house.
Each of these gardens is open for the entire ten days of the carnival. Apart from the pleasure of sharing their garden, the owners receive nothing. All proceeds go to charity. I left with huge admiration for the work these generous gardeners have not only put into preparing their gardens, but the commitment to having people stream through the gardens each day.