It was my first time to visit a garden like this on a backyard setting, quite small backyard yet its wonderful transformation to such tropical breeze is indeed a work of a passionate garden lover.
We visited this garden last Saturday, 15th of March 2014. Well, as I read the garden notes I took and referenced it to her website; I came to know that the owner is a qualified Horticulturist very passionate about plants and gardens, and a member of the ABC Gardening Australia.
The garden is a Balinese influenced garden.
At the entrance to the Lower section of the back garden, temple warrior statues stand guard; Brahma the creator is on the left side, while Wisnu the protector is on the right side. Also, two big umbrellas, one in bright red, the other is a bright yellow, both form part of the attractiveness and beauty of the garden. There is also a wind chime hanging right above the rear door of the house, and a large gong at the pavilion.
Then, two Balinese temple guards with scary faces stand guard at the stairs leading up to the Pavilion area. Here, Balinese birdbaths and a pond add to the soothing sound of moving water while Saraswati (Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts and science) sits on top of her plinth surrounded by a variety of tropical shrubs.
Another attraction is the Pool Garden. I like the way she managed the plants atop and along the way as well as besides the pool area. Small shrubs grow and thrive under the canopies of bigger palm trees like Bangalow palms, Golden cane palms, Brugmansias and younger frangipanis.
The owner the garden said that they opened up their garden to show that tropical gardens can be grown in Sydney; even in the suburbs with frosts. Yes, and I believe her and this is the remarkable garden to show, it is possible indeed …
Last Sunday, March 02, 2014 we attended the New South Wales Begonia Society’s 25th Exhibition and Sale at the Bloomin’ Greenery Nursery in Annagrove. The weather was not that good along the way as well as when we arrived there, the rain poured down heavily but still we saw many customers and enthusiasts of Begonia attending the exhibition.
By the way Begonias are a very popular indoor plant as well as a garden plant and come in a number of varieties including: Cane Begonias, Rhizomatous Begonias, Wax Begonias and Tuberous Begonias. All are different in growth habit and appearance.
The nursery has huge three glasshouses all with Begonias and because it was raining we didn’t go that far. The owners said that there are more at the back of these glasshouses, and because of that I haven’t had the chance to take more photos of all that was there inside these nurseries.
It was here that I saw heaps of Begonia varieties. We have some already of the varieties at home but that accounts for just a few ones. Many customers who were there were the middle aged people who love gardening and plants. There was also a talk show on how these plants can be grown, the many varieties of it, hands on demonstration, cuttings, potting, etc.