Thursday, January 15, 2009

Southern Highland gardens - looking for shade

I know it's summer, but gosh it's hot today. I am longing for winter and our Southern Highlands mist that comes across in the evening. This beautiful veranda covered by white wisteria is the home of an amazing local girl and clever gardener Rhonda Schrader. Some people just have a knack with growing things, others know how to plan a garden and where to put the trees and plants. Some have beautiful objects, antique urns and sculptures to create an interesting garden. Well Rhonda has all this and more in her gorgeous little garden close to town.
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Shade is so important for us to live outside and enjoy our gardens on hot summer days especially in Australia and also for the plants that happily live under the canopys of large trees. If I was a plant I think I would like to live under this beautiful old tree above. Look at the pretty little round leaves hanging down over the old stone wall.
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This lake with all the willows is one of my favourite gardens in Bowral. Two lakes are joined to together by a little stream that runs between them. Romantic and cool and I wish I was sitting there right now with a cool drink and a soft pillow.


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This beautiful shady garden seat is covered with clematis that has been woven up and over a metal arch. How simple and clever and what a lovely spot to sit and ponder. Can't you picture a bride sitting here on her wedding day. This is yet another garden in the Southern Highlands. As I mentioned last year I have many plans for 2009. One is a blog just devoted to the beautiful country gardens around Australia and especially in the Southern Highlands where I live, all private garden and very beautiful, each very different in their own way. It's nearly ready, this is just a sneak peak into some of my images for my new blog.
It will be filled with inspirational ideas for both large and small gardens.
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Seasonal treats and gardening treasures.
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Styling Gardens,,,,, coming very soon
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Ah, I can hear thunder in the distance and here comes the Highlands mist. Such strange weather this week. I'm off to open all my doors and windows and let the cool air flow through my house. Looks like we will be sleeping soundly tonight.

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All images by Coty Farquhar - Southern Highland Styling Gardens - My new blog

6 comments:

  1. Hi Coty,
    Stumbled on your blog from Nancy's Fete et Fleur blog - so glad I did. Your pictures are beautiful. What are those hanging purple flowers - gorgeous gorgeous - do you think they would grow in our cold climate here in Canada -22 Celsius today brrrrrrrrrrrr
    Cathy

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  2. What gorgeous garden photos... what I woudln't GIVE for a peek at my garden right now. We are having temps of about -4 degrees F expected tonight... I think that equals to about -20C in your country... it is COOOLD! haha. Your garden photos have brightened my day! Heather ;))

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  3. Coty, your photographs have made me long to see it all in person! Just so beautiful, and you create photographs like other artists create a painting. Our garden is in the winter mode, so seeing all these lovely plants and flowers is so inspiring. thank you.
    Lidy

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  4. I just discovered your beautiful blog.. your photography is amazing, I felt as though I was right there. I'll definetly be returning if that's ok. hugs ~lynne~

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  5. Lovely pictures - again.... The White Wisterias just looks unbelievably like a dream. You are welcome to swap places with me. Stockholm has -5 celsius and a bit snow today.
    Wish you a great day/evening

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  6. Coty, I feel like I haven't been by to see you in ages....even though it has probably been just a little over a week. This site with the bench is so pretty.....I didn't know it was so hot in Australia....I am learning much about your beautiful country. A bride, indeed, would be a beautiful site on that bench under the canopy of flowers! As always, just the most gorgeous photos! ~Cheryl

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Your comments and emails truly make my day a very special one. Thank you for dropping by and visiting me at home in Australia, I read every single comment and I treasure each and every one. xxx Coty