The joys of gardens and gardening

We have just been down in Melbourne for a few days visiting our elder daughter.  While we were there she took us to Heronswood in Dromana.

The garden is the home of the Diggers Club in Australia.  Diggers is reknown for the work it does in encouraging the use of heirloom seeds and plants.  

Heronswood, the house, is still owned privately and the family allows the home to be viewed only during the Spring Festival but the gardens are open throughout the year and are managed by a staff of three.

As well as being a beautiful garden there is a shop and nursery where you can buy seeds and plants of the varieties grown in the garden.  There is also a rather delightful cafe which serves meals using produce from the productive garden.

An example of an avocado tree in the garden.

Check out the view of the sea.

This is a beautiful garden which is a source of inspiration and tranquility. I came away from the garden with a small blueberry plant and when we returned to our daughter’s house she gave us some strawberry plants and agave plants for our garden.  Part of the joy of gardening is the memories that are associated with plants you have gathered from various friends and relations.  Every garden has its own history and things that make you smile.

My daughter has sold her house and will soon be moving.  She has done a wonderful job of transforming the garden at her present house.  She would like to take some of the plants from her present garden when she moves and so she is busy potting up cuttings from various plants in her garden so she can take them with her. 

The blueberry plant I purchased at Heronswood is named Blueberry Northland

According to the Diggers’ Club this is the blueberry for long harvest. The berries begin to ripen in December and will continue into March! With very dark flesh and a wild berry flavour Northland gets progressively sweeter the longer it hangs on the bush. Very hardy to extremes of heat and cold.

Hopefully our blueberry will do well in Metung.  I will just need to make sure I plant it in the correct spot.

5 thoughts on “The joys of gardens and gardening

  1. What a beautiful place, and a lovely view of the sea. It sounds ideal to me, with a nice cafe using produce from the garden, just the ticket. Plants are wonderful, and it’s great that your daughter’s able to take some of hers with her to a new house. What are you planning to do with all your blueberries?

    • I only bought one small plant and I imagine it will be quite some time before it is productive enough to overcome those who will be tempted as they pass by. My grandson and granddaughter love blueberries and I have been known to make blueberry muffins.

  2. Wonderful! I saw the Herald Sun’s article on the estate two weeks ago and have copied the garden bed wheel-shape in your photo this very weekend in my own garden. I’m definitely putting Heronswood on my list of must-do’s!

    • It is well worth the visit. We have been once before and it was in the Autumn. It was beautiful then too. Now I just need to visit it in summertime, before the school holidays start otherwise it will be too busy.

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