Our Day Of Flowers
by petal & pins
Mr Petal & Pins, Agnes and I took a little road trip last week and ventured up to Stanley which is in the far North West of Tasmania in a region aptly called ‘The Edge of The World’.
It was incredibly windy during our stay which we weren’t expecting but was not surprising since this neck of the woods gets the brunt of the Southern Hemisphere westerly winds known as the Roaring Forties. Luckily we had both thrown scarves in at the last minute when we packed.
When we toured the historic Highfield House which was built in the 1830’s I took a photo of some sheet music thinking the name of the hymn would make a lovely title for a blog post.
We called in to The Brown Dog Stanley which stocks my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe cards to meet the owner Maddie and finally see the gorgeous shop for ourselves.
It’s a treasure trove of lovely and stylish things and a cafe as well so we bought some takeaway sandwiches and parked on the foreshore to have our lunch. Agnes got her promised and eagerly awaited frolic on a beach and then because of the persistent wind we decided on going for a drive to Smithton.
Over breakfast, Mr Petal & Pins had read about Allendale Gardens at Edith Creek and suggested we take a detour to see them on the way back.
In the Autumn of 1980 Loraine and Max Cross started to plant the gardens in a grassy field. They wanted their garden to be “first and foremost a place of peace and tranquility – in tune with nature” and they have certainly achieved that, there are now 6 acres of landscaped gardens and 65 acres of rainforest.
As you will see ‘our day of flowers’ was to be the perfect title for a post about our little adventure north.
And I suspect it might have a part two with all the photos I took!
Sounds like my kind of day! Beautiful flowers, the beach, a picnic. Love the allee of trees. You must of picked up oodles of inspiration. 🙂
It is a beautiful garden Eliza and yes inspiring! I was particularly blown away by the hydrangeas – the colours and the size of the bushes. There were some very large wind chimes hanging in one spot that you could hear tingling as you meandered through some parts and lots of peacocks.
Sounds wonderful! Do you raise hydrangeas? The blue/violet ones would be right up your alley. 🙂
yes they would! I have a few and have mixed success at striking them from cuttings. Do they grow in your area?
Yes, they do. I have a few varieties. My favorites are the blue lace cap and ‘Endless Summer’ cultivars, which have become quite popular.
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