Sunday, June 12, 2016

A Garden Visit

Lindmar Garden
We took advantage of the beautiful weather on Saturday and visited a local open garden. This garden had planned to open the weekend before but postponed due to wet and windy conditions and there was more of the same on Sunday, but the weather behaved itself for our visit. 

The garden is set on 3 acres and has been cared for by the same people for 25 years. The most striking feature of the garden is the sheer number of bromeliads.

Pathways wound through garden beds

overflowing with bromeliads 

....literally overflowing

Of course, there were also annuals and perennials and succulents and begonias

 but the stars of the show were certainly the broms

Rows and rows of bromeliads most planted in garden beds beneath the trees - not a weed or a dead leaf in sight - many showing off blooms

They had topped up the wood-chip mulch throughout the garden. Everything were as neat as a pin. Having had a large garden I couldn't help thinking of the amount of work it takes to maintain a garden so large. Ours was never this neat and tidy.

Even the little touches of whimsy through  garden featured bromeliads - shakin' them tail feathers

An assortment of red baskets replaced the foliage in the frangipani tree, with red impatiens and begonias as well as broms.

Not one of our native birds, but the flamingo must feel at home to have so many eggs.

The "sculptures" throughout the garden made we wonder whether grandchildren were regular visitors here.
Plant stalls were set up on the lawn - orchids, perennials and (of course) bromeliads for sale.
There were also talks on various subjects throughout the day and a morning tea area near the house.
The Australian Open Garden Scheme folded a while ago -- don't understand why. I'm grateful though that gardeners like these carry on regardless to open their gardens for us to enjoy.
Thank you, Marie and Lindsay. You have a beautiful garden.


  1. that does look lovely and neat. I am always amazed at how gardens like these can get the plants to flower on demand when their is to be a tour! Mmmm I wonder if you picked up a few plants?

    1. I didn't buy any plants. I was very well behaved.

  2. Labour of love, and it shows to a great effect with those well tended bromeliads and other plants!

  3. Ros, I am so happy to be back! My computer needed an upgrade and now I can finally comment again! The plants are all so stunning in the tour garden, I loved the pink flamingo 'nest' with the pink eggs, so clever. I see they use bromeliads (gorgeous!) like I use my hostas, literally everywhere. Do hostas grow in Australia? Here we've been having a blight with impatiens and can no longer grow them, once the fungus is in the garden soil, the plants develop a white coating and die. I miss the impatiens very much; they were always dependable for the shade. Also, congratulations on turning 60, I'm getting there, too. I'm so happy to see you settled in your new home on the island with John and Missy.

    1. Karen, Hostas grow in the cooler parts of Australia but not here.

  4. What a lovely garden...sadly I don't have any bromeliads in my garden.
    The health and vector control officers give us gardeners a hard time when the broms have accumulated water in their cups (even if no sign of mosquito larvae) so I don't keep any..I admire them online and in friends' gardens...I don't have time for more stress.

  5. Maybe they vacuum up all the weeds! That is one very tidy garden. Sounds like you had a great day. :o)


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