Tuesday, 26 February 2008
Whatever it may be the beach is truly a special place!
Monday, 25 February 2008
Sunday, 24 February 2008
The first trees planted on the property over 30 years ago, the lush evergreen "Cupresses Macrocarpa" are stunning and have been featured in all forms of media both locally and internationally. The dense sculptured walls of the two hedge structures now stand two metres wide and three metres in height and are enjoyed by those who face the challenge to lose themselves.
Luckly we were not amongst the ones who became lost! :)
Beautiful archways hiding a whole new world every which way you turn...
This was my all time favourite part of the whole place, the hedging, the hidden door way, water, lavendar, big old urns, roses...ooh...so lovely!!!
Pink carpet roses fill the urns
Everything about this place was just so perfect...
the look, the smells & the sounds...all so perfect!
I think I could have sat there all day long...
What about this hedge with a door inside? How cool is this???
The water Lillies were so pretty...pinks and whites all over the pond.
We could hear lots of frogs and tried to spot them but no luck...maybe next time.
Another huge water feature.
Ashcombe's circular rose maze was the first of its kind planted in the world with 1200 rose bushes of over 200 varieties chosen for their colour & perfume. The object is to find your way to the centre - and then find your way out. Or you can just stop and smell the roses.
This garden below was one of the last gardens we saw before leaving...it was so very different to the rose garden & lavender fields but there was just something about it that I loved...maybe it had something to do with this amazing water feature & the bright red colour against the old burt out colours?
What a huge garden...I think I might sit awhile...
OK, off we go again down the path...
Love this pic of Jake!
Some of my favourite flowers...hydrangers
Sunflowers always make me feel happy!!!
Love the way these flowers have been displayed into these large barrels!
And more hydrangers but this time blue...my all time favourites!!!
Guess what??? We even found some mosaics hiding around the gardens...
And another here.
A great day was had by all at Ashcombe Maze & Garden.
Friday, 22 February 2008
Agapanthus are native to Sth Africa & popular for their foliage and long lasting flowers which come in a range of colours. Agapanthus are ideal background plants, edges, fence and driveway entrances. Grouped together, agapanthus make a truly stunning display.
We are going to be ordering a bulk lot of the 'Getty White' agapanthus for up both sides of the front driveaway once it gets a bit cooler. We originally had the 'Strawberry Ice' variety in there but I decided to put them in the back yard to go with my pierre de ronsard & iceberg roses so I cant wait to get them in.
These are the Strawberry Ice variety, a soft white with pale pink tips...very pretty in real life!!!
Well, thats it for me today there is more to come from Shoreham but it will have to wait till next time as there is so many photos I need to sort first...im kind of tired at the moment and need a rest but I dont think thats going to happen any time soon...so much to do! My Mum is coming home from her PNO Cruise tomorrow and Jake and I will be meeting her at the Melbourne Airport bright and early so I better get off to bed. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Well, today I popped out to do a few things and amongst my choirs I was to pick up my new antique rose painting. A friend of mine found it at a market the other week and when I saw it I pleaded with them to let me take it home but no luck. Since then they found another piece which they wanted to pop in place of it so guess what...I received a call letting me know its now mine!!! Lucky me!!! I had planed on putting it in our study but I ended up placing it over the top of my sideboard in the kitchen...I think its just the right spot for it.
The detail of the roses are unbelivable and even look like you could lean in and grab them, I am so lucky to have such a beautiful piece hanging in our everyday sight...this will be a much loved piece for a very long time.
Thursday, 21 February 2008
The Sunny Ridge property was purchased by Pietro and Rosa Gallace in 1964. Originally an apple and cherry farming area, it wasn't until 1968 that strawberries were first grown.
I think Jake looks pretty happy with himself for choosing those yummy looking strawberries don't you???
I dont think there is anything better than fresh fruit picked then and there.
Look Mum, I found more!!!
They have the best shop full of so many yummy products that have been made with all their fresh fruit.
Even some faux food.
We couldn't help ourselves and ended up buying a few things to bring home, their strawberry jam would have to be the BEST EVER tasted by far as is the non-alcoholic strawberry wine which was out of stock this year...boohoo!!!
I love this pic of Jake while waiting for Dad to get an ice cream...I wonder what flavour it will be??? Hmmm???
Yummy strawberry ice cream!!!
Jake ran off and picked me a sweet flower...he seems to do this a bit as he is so thoughtful.
Hope you enjoyed our trip to the strawberry farm, we sure did! I bet you can guess what we had when we got back to our unit??? Strawberries??? Maybe??? lol.