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Morning swim - garden around pool - particularly nice this time of year with fragrance from Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)

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Beautiful courtyard garden setting at The Provincial Table in Malmsbury Such a lovely atmosphere created by Carolina to enjoy breakfast/lunch under the tree canopy This morning also treated to spontaneous violin, accordion and harp music Next weekend a new menu and Malmsbury farmers’ market on Sunday morning FYI swipe to end for short video/music at Malmsbury, Victoria

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Pistachios thriving in conditions in Central Victoria A little hard to source Ours are from South Australia ordered from Perry’s Fruit & Nut Nursery Have not come across them for sale in Victoria - has anyone else? Great plant to grow here not only for nuts but also ornamental qualities Note Pistacia vera is the fruiting species (the species more commonly available here is just ornamental) Also need at least one male as well as females

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Thank you to everyone who visited our Malmsbury open garden with Open Gardens Victoria this weekend - including those people who travelled some distance + the many visitors today despite the somewhat inclement weather - lovely meeting and chatting with so many garden enthusiasts! at Malmsbury, Victoria

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Lovely day chatting to visitors and also meeting some Instagram friends at Malmsbury open garden with Open Gardens Victoria - over 450 visitors - Also open tomorrow Sunday 1 December 10am -4.30pm Weather forecast not as good - at the moment morning looks best Warm clothes recommended...And afterwards perhaps a visit to one of the local cafes in Malmsbury or Kyneton Photo by Simon Griffiths at Malmsbury, Victoria

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Open Gardens Victoria - Malmsbury Open Garden - This Saturday 30th November Sunday 1 December 10am -4.30pm Garden drawing by Ian Murray

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Thank you to Megan Backhouse for her time and interest visiting Malmsbury to experience our garden and chat about its development from abandoned horse paddock and derelict bluestone cottage to sort of Mediterranean-style, possibly over-planted, garden as well as garden design in Central Victoria more generally And for her thoughtful article in The Age Spectrum magazine - with photos by Simon Griffiths Open Gardens Victoria open garden this weekend 30 November / 1 December - Saturday currently looking best with sun peeking from behind clouds in forecast Warm clothes advisable both days Hope to see some Instagram friends! Thank you also @gardeningaustraliamag @bendigoadvertiser @midlandexpress @kynetonhorticultural @opengardensvictoria #castlemainegardenclub #mtmacedonhorticulturalsociety #visitvictoria #vicgov for articles and references to the open garden! And big thank you to our garden workers - in particular @sweet_peej for her help and professional expertise over many years - and in lead up to this opening - @ruralgardensaustralia Julia & Nico! Almost there... #ohomelbourne

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A garden path to explore...Open Gardens Victoria open garden 30 November /1 December at Malmsbury, Victoria

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With the warmer weather poppies in the veggie garden (protected with wire and rio to stop chooks digging up) are flowering Hoping they will keep flowering for open garden - bit cooler the coming week so fingers crossed ... at Malmsbury, Victoria

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A few spring flowers ...

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As day warmed up repotting succulents under grape arbour With fragrance from citrus flowers in nearby planters and visits from chooks...

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A few pool shots The aim was to create the feel of a pond with plants going up to and over the pool edge rather traditional hard landscaping When swimming a vista of green And for part of the year fragrance from Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) Also integrating productive elements including Quince, Nectarine and Apple ... Visit during OGV open garden - 30 November / 1 December

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Looks like timing for poppy flowering for OGV open garden is going to work...aiming for mass of colour through gravel garden and pathway - a narrow goat track has formed for visitors to be immersed in colourful poppies! Sort of a micro meadow ... Visit during open garden 30 November / 1 December https://opengardensvictoria.org.au/Melrose at Malmsbury, Victoria

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An inspiring day out in the city for a group of Macedon Ranges designers visiting two Fiona Brockhoff gardens - Brockhoff & Swann Garden and The Tree House Garden - A little bit of plant envy with plants to love that are not sufficiently cold tolerant for up here - Euphorbia lambii (Tree Euphorbia) (pictured) was to be my new favorite plant - but disappointingly only to -1C or so...Also coincidentally a number of my other favourites that I recently posted as my folly plants kept on protected verandah up here - Agave attenuata (Swan Neck Agave) and Murraya paniculata (Orange jessamine) and Hedychium gardenerianum (Ginger Lily) - very lush green tropical feel! My only folly plant missing is Murraya koenigii (Curry Leaf Tree) Also liked the splashes of contrasting colour provided by the various chairs (pictured) at Toorak, Melbourne

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Our kitchen garden This was the first area we developed The old kitchen was relocated from an adjoining breezeway along the bluestone cottage and moved to the South West corner of the rather barren horse paddock Relatively safe from builders’ boots and machinery we started the veggie garden Now we are working on protecting the plants - to some extent - from the chickens - who are possibly more challenging and determined than builders...

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Our verandah is a protected environment for our ‘Folly’ plants - I am very conscious of choosing plants suitable for the location ... But there are some plants I love for which I have worked out a compromise - In writing this I realised to some extent they are about memories Agave attenuata (Swan Neck Agave) - adore the spiky succulence and reminder of Palm Beach holidays The other plants are about fragrance - for both Murraya koenigii (Curry Leaf Tree) with aromatic leaves and Murraya paniculata (Orange Jessamine) with fragrant flowers - evocative of living in India many years ago (and in the case of the curry leaf also great for cooking) And finally Hedychium gardnerianum (Ginger Lily) - first came across at an open house in Blue Mountains - we bought the house! One fragrant plant that did not survive was Plumeria rubra (Frangipani) - again reminiscent of India and also Sydney streets - perhaps will try again... Does anyone else have Folly plants?

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Just managed with an early start this morning to fit in one garden from Creswick Garden Lovers weekend before going to weekend meeting - happily chose Kooroocheang garden and it turned out to be Perry’s garden - great to meet and love the garden! See www.creswick.net/ for information about the gardens open this weekend PS Has anyone seen Stipa gigantea with low growing flower spikes (last photo) - apparently taller ones come later - looks very happy - I think I need to give mine more space Lucky to get a few tall spikes and this year birds broke a couple...

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View along the inside of nature strip garden with serpentine hedge enclosing Lavender and Russian Sage - Olives and Artichokes roadside Clipping Bay hedge at back on to do list..

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