Saturday, December 1, 2012

Jassy Dean Garden Safari

The annual fundraiser for one of the best charities on our Island is one I'm more than happy to support. Twelve gardens each year are opened up for a weekend for the public to troop around. Ours was part of it 2 years ago, so I can appreciate it from both sides. This time I only had a couple of hours to squeeze in as many as I could - I think I managed about 5 in all, which might be some kind of record, especially considering I had a couple of kids in tow.

A rose I have to find out the name of, and find somewhere to plant. This was in in Geoff's garden, who is the manager of the local garden centre, so I'm confident he'll know both what it is, and where to get it. The most gorgeous pink colour, gradually fading to cream as they open up.

Some of Geoff's garden, loads of flowers in cottage garden style. I liked all the flowers, but probably had a bit too much going on for my gardening style.

Couldn't decide if I liked the tuscan kale next to the roses or not.... I know I did plant some tuscan kale seeds earlier this year, but it never made it into the garden, not sure what happened to them.

Te Toki Retreat garden. I visited this a few years ago when it was in the garden safari. A subtropical garden that Mike would love.
All of a sudden I keep seeing 'dinghy seats' everywhere. This one was nicely done, at Delamore Lodge, and was the kids favourite thing about the safari.

A nice wee vista at Delamore lodge - I liked the mini hyrdangeas. I want to grow a bunch of hydrangeas in my garden, just haven't quite figured out where yet. In the florist recently I saw hydrangeas in bud being used. 
 The boy by a colourful patch of pansies, which were far less slug damaged than my poor ones.

My favourite garden - which also won the 'people's choice' award, so obviously lots of other peoples favourite too. Had an amazing variety of plants, lots of different spaces, all on a reasonably small section. Plus of course I liked all the vegetables - and had blueberry envy.

The final garden was we visited was a locally famous place called Pie Melon Bay. Usually closed to the public, the generous owners allowed all the rest of us to have a nosy around their private paradise. More of a landscape than a garden (although they did have an orchard and a generous vege garden). 

 If I lived there I would have a sealegs too. 

There aren't that many large lawns on Waiheke, so the kids took full advantage.

Looking forward to next year already.

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