Saturday, 1 March 2014

A Mornington garden

After travelling north to visit the reef, my UK visitor Jayne and I split up briefly in November. She headed for the bright lights of Sydney, while I got stuck into a big freelance project with a rapidly approaching deadline.

Then, before we knew it we were meeting up at the airport and heading for my cousins' home at Mornington south of Melbourne. As I mentioned in my previous post, the weather did not favour us. It was either the longest wet stretch or the coldest wet stretch on record for that time of year, but even that couldn't diminish the beauty of Trish and Keith's spring garden.

 
I love the soft colour palette and the cottage style planting. The stars of the show on this visit were the fuchsias, roses, and pelargoniums.
 

















 
 






Pelargoniums, roses, and lavender


Love this trio of coral







Native frangipani Hymenosporum flavum
 
 
Looking across the buddleias in the backyard towards a small stream that runs into the nearby sea.
 
Thanks to the wonderful hospitality of our hosts, Trish and Keith, we were able to use their home as the base for our travels around the Victorian coastline. In the next couple of posts, we explore the picturesque Mornington Peninsula and beyond with them.
 

8 comments:

  1. Loved this garden a whole lot, even the pathways.
    Your close-up photos of the flowers were beautiful, especially with the raindrops.

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    1. The garden was lovely, even though the rain had damaged some of the blooms. I was really taken by the pelargoniums. Shame they don't seem to grow here.

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  2. What a lovely garden, the choice of plants is right up my street :-)

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    1. Melbourne (and Mornington) are about 1800 km south of where I live in Brisbane, and the climate is completely different. Theirs is Mediterranean with cold wet winters and hot dry summers - so they can grow lots of lovely cooler climate plants, like your beautiful hellebores, and plants that don't fare well in Brisbane's humid summers, like the roses and lavender.

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    1. I think I might have to ask for a cutting of that lovely coral geranium next time I'm down.

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  4. Beautiful! I'd love to be surrounded by that much color right now. I can't believe how big the pelargoniums are!

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    1. They are gorgeous, aren't they!

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