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

Winter flowers

With winter upon us, the garden was looking drab there for a bit. We had to clear up a lot of dead and wet leaves on the pathways and driveway, but now they’ve been cleared up, the garden is looking more defined, and as we’ve really begun looking at the garden again, we can see colour is reappearing. We have bulbs popping up everywhere and I look forward to seeing them bloom forth in flower. In the meantime, I thought I’d share with you, some of what we can already see.

Cyclamen

Helleborus (Winter Rose)

Yellow Rose

Last of the Autumn colours

Winter has set in here in Victoria, Australia, and we’re experiencing cold days and nights, and rain, with a bit of sunshine here and there. Our first week of June had the equivalent of the average month of June’s rain. So will be interesting to see what pans out for the rest of the month.  Here, we’re planning to put in new rainwater tanks to help capture what our current tanks can’t hold, so we have plenty of water for the garden in the summer months.

These leaves are on the last Liquidamber to be losing its leaves here on our property. It’s always the last to change its colour and the last to lose its leaves. All the other deciduous trees are now totally bare. Our garden is covered in leaves and looking a bit drab but there are bulbs popping up here and there and I expect we’ll have some new colour from them soon.

Autumn leaves

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