Monday, 18 March 2013

The Giving Garden

 On the weekend we visited Ian and Judy Wintle's Giving Garden.

No this is not a nursery. It's part of a wonderful private collection. Judy and Ian Wintle are not your average gardeners and their garden is not the average garden. A huge array of tropical and sub-tropical plants thrive in this garden.
We have visited their garden before as part of the Australian Open Garden Scheme. Generally it is open in November to showcase their Spring blooms, but this was an extra special opening to raise money for a local boy needing some special equipment.
another shade house filled with bromeliads

Judy is the bromeliad  collector but Ian is a collector as well. He showed us a book on weird and unusual tropical plants so I can imagine the next time we visit he will have added to his collection.
Ian, with help from Judy, designs and tends the garden, does all the landscaping and builds the  garden structures, as well as speaking at various garden clubs. While I'm sure Ian and Judy have given quite a deal to various charities through their garden, I believe they named their garden the Giving Garden originally because of the fruit trees that produce a range of unusual tropical fruits - so that their garden gives back to them for the time and love they give it.


The garden is the same size as ours -  an acre. The white dotted lines in the map above show the pathways that wind through the garden. You can also see the three large shadehouses and the water tanks.  You can read more about their garden at Ian's blog.
 I love this idea - a worm farm.
 Ian has made his compost bin and worm farm part of the garden display, which I love. One of the things I enjoy about visiting other people's gardens is seeing how they do things, not just looking at the end product.

This is aristolochia gigantea - The flower is about 8x10 inches
Some miniature neoregelias and orchids up in the trees
There were some plants in this garden I had never heard of before, let alone seen. You would think I would learn to make sure I have enough battery power in my camera before we go visiting gardens - but I don't - and the battery gave out, so if you'd like to see more photos of their garden Ian also has a Photobucket album with hundreds of photos of the garden. Check it out. They have some amazing plants!

Saturday, 9 March 2013

A gardener's work is never done

With all the rain we've had recently the garden is looking lush and healthy - quite beautiful (if you can ignore the weeds).

The little native violets have appreciated extra water. They were struggling to survive in the heat with an occasional splash from the hose.

A couple of new gingers are waiting to be planted.
The pentas are doing well. I cut them back over winter and they took quite a while to recover. Butterflies love them so I think I will be adding more around the garden next spring.
The cannas love this weather.

We had a couple of fine days during the week. John was able to get some mowing done and some tidying and weeding. After rain is the best time to weed the garden. The ground is soft and the pull out so easily.

He got the back corner done, but it's now the weekend and of course it's raining again.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Another wet weekend

It rained AGAIN all weekend, so this is what I did instead of gardening.

I painted a picture of one of our visitors


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