Visiting Mawarra: An Edna Walling Garden

As you may have gathered in past posts, I am a keen gardener and for me, the mix of nature and gardens is just perfect. Last year I learnt about Edna Walling, who was a well known garden designer here in Australia during the 1920s-1940s but she was also a photographer and an author, writing for magazines and also writing books. I felt I’d found I kindred spirit and now have 3 books by or about Edna and have been happily finding out all I can. So, to have been invited to visit one of her most well-known gardens was an absolute joy and privilege and I wandered around the garden with my camera, in absolute heaven. Hope you enjoy these images and you can find more here.  Mawarra is in Sherbrooke, Victoria and you can choose to stay at the guest house and enjoy this beautiful garden.

Visiting Mawarra: An Edna Walling Garden

Visiting Mawarra: An Edna Walling Garden

Visiting Mawarra: An Edna Walling Garden

Visiting Mawarra: An Edna Walling Garden

While at this garden walk I met with Chris who provides wonderful art deco style outdoor furniture. If you’re wanting to decorate your garden you might also like to visit his site to explore.

National Rhododendron Gardens

I went with a group of photographers last weekend to the Rhododendron Gardens in Olinda, Vic.  It was a wet day but it was beautiful there and we enjoyed the sights we saw.  Here are some of them.

Visiting the Rhododendron Gardens

A couple of the photographers I was visiting with enjoying one of the paths and scenery

Visiting the Rhododendron Gardens

We were in a cloud on the mountain and the mist just sat on us.

Visiting the Rhododendron Gardens

Celebrating Autumn

It’s Autumn here in Australia and my favourite season.  I love the colours of the trees as they change and there are lots of Autumn flowers. The weather has some occasional warmth and is cooler in the evenings and we’ve been getting rain!  A good time to get back out in the garden, weed, plant, mulch and other stuff. Just love our garden!  I shared recently the mushrooms I’ve been finding. Well, here are some leaves now.

Visiting the Rhododendron Gardens

Visiting the Rhododendron Gardens

Mushrooms in the garden

Some more images of mushrooms (or toadstools) in our garden. And a reminder that you can join our Facebook group about mushrooms, if you have an interest in them.

Don’t forget we have the Steve Parish Nature Photography Workshop happening in Victoria on 20/21 September 2014. Hope to see you there!

Identifying mushrooms

I love taking photos of mushrooms but have no idea what most of them are.  And trying to identify them is a challenge if you can’t find a site online that helps you do this. I look at Google images and then click on images that are similar to the ones I’ve taken, in the hope that I’ll find out more about that mushroom, or toadstool. But it’s pretty hit and miss.

I’ve searched for discussion groups, forums and even Facebook groups but have found little that relates to fungi found in Australia. So, I decided to start a group up at Facebook called ‘Mushrooms of Australia‘ and hope that you, my reader, will be interested in joining it, or might know others who would like to.  Keen to have amateurs and professionals in the group – people sharing images of fungi they’re found and others who are willing to share their knowledge. Would be a good way for many of us to learn as well as enjoy the nature we find around us.

Below are images of a couple of different types of mushrooms we currently have growing in our garden.

By the way!  Don’t forget we have the Steve Parish Nature Photography Workshop happening in Victoria on 20/21 September 2014. Hope to see you there!