Miss Bella has had a big operation on her cruciat ligament, and I am under orders from the vet to keep her quiet for the next 8 weeks(!), which is going to prove challenging. So, although I read that Dennis Hundscheidt's spectacular tropical garden was open to the public today, I reluctantly decided to give it a miss this year on account of the weather and the need to keep an eye on the invalid.
Luckily, I have a stash of photos from a previous visit. I never get sick of looking at them. There is just so much inspiration in what has been described as Australia's best tropical garden. What I particularly love is how beautifully 'accessories', in the form of garden furniture, statues and water features, are incorporated into the garden.
Hope you enjoy this pictorial tour.
|Wonderful plant selection including beehive ginger, purple heart, bromeliads, lotus-filled pot and parrots beak heliconia.|
|Water lettuce Pistia stratiotes filled pond with variegated costus and bromeliads|
|Bromeliad in fabulous pot with beehive gingers to the left|
|So many different textures in the pathways - stepping stones, gravel, timber, riverstones|
|Love the colour palette and plant selection here: Mauritian hemp, purple heart, crotons, cordylines, large flowering bromeliad and bismarkia palm.|
|The red-flowering shrub just right of centre is Brazilian Red Cloak|
|Cordyline, croton and coleus (in flower) in the background with bromeliads in bed of rhoeo|
|Love the pop of the turquoise pot mirroring the pool. The tall variegated plant is Song of India Dracaena reflexa|
|The variegated plant in the centre is a Schefflera, possibly arboricola, with rhoeo border.|
Hope you agree that this is a truly inspirational garden. In fact, I bought a Schefflera (pictured above) a week or so back and hadn't got around to planting it. I think I'll head straight out before the rain returns!
And the patient?