Sunday, June 28, 2009

Here's someone who forgot the rule about not leaving your phone in sight.














Isn't nature just glorious? These images kept my spirits buoyed during two days of meeting.




























And this was the view from the meeting room - love the mix of old and new.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Can you feel the breeze?

This is an african daisy - osteospermum -














and this is the cypress hedge at the St Kilda Botanical Gardens being trimmed.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Glorious green

It's amazing what 50mm of rain does to the country side.  

Spent yesterday showing Inka, a German travel agent, the glories of our region; we visited Rupertswood (Sunbury), St Agnes Homestead (Kyneton), Tuki Retreat (Smeaton), The Convent Gallery (Daylesford), Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa and 65 Main B&B with TLC (both in Hepburn Springs).

Here's the lush green at Tuki.





























And here's owner Robert Jones giving Inka a 'hand to mouth experience'.  Inka had caught her trout for lunch, and Robert's presenting her with the fish cheek - "the sweetest part of the fish".

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Garden delights

Saturday afternoons in the St Kilda Botanical Gardens are always rewarding.






































On the walk home I passed a garage-roof vegie patch. I've been keeping an eye on it for a few years now - it's looking a bit derelict at the moment. However, as you can see - it does have a guardian.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Today in the gardens

The Paint These Gardens 3-day art competition in the St Kilda Botanical Gardens started today. It's wonderful to see all these painters capturing their own image of the gardens. (Check out the website to view the artwork.)
It's not hard work managing the event - now that it's up and running and with many others involved - so I went off for a wander. There aren't a lot of flowers at the moment - they'll come soon; it's amazing just how colorful the gardens are during winter.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A new goal

To grow a standard wisteria.

Monday, June 1, 2009

The definition of poetry

According to Douglas Dunn:

Hand-knitted truths and sense
That search for a melodic intellect
In the turbulent mind-mess