Monday, October 7, 2013

All things great and small !

The above picture is a miniature leafless tree Orchid, Mystacidium Gracile, that grows, mostly on the trunks of Yellow Wood trees ( Podocarpus Latifolius ) at Hogsback. From the enlarged insert ( top left) , one can see that each individual tiny flower has a classic Orchid shape. It flowers annually at this time and could easily be mistaken for moss or lichen to the casual eye.
Hogsback gardens are all about detail and variety - you need to give yourself time to examine all on offer.

If you have any interest in gardens, a trip and a garden tour will be an experience you will never forget !
All the Rhododendrons are coming into bloom now as well as the deciduous Azaleas, together with some early roses.

Monday, August 26, 2013

A Hogsback Garden Legend

The above flower is that of the Rhododendron Lindleyi, native to Nepal and Bhutan. Hogsback legend tells the story that siblings John Nicholls, Rae Nicholls and Nora Bergers ( Nee' Nicholls) were each given 2 of these beautiful plants. They were then told that they only flowered every 7 years. John, who created the garden "Hurry " , promptly pulled his 2 specimens out, saying he was not prepared to wait that long ! Those who knew John, would know that this is entirely plausible. John was a magnificent gardener but expected all his favourite species to earn their keep. That left 4 specimens at Hogsback. To my knowledge 2 of those have each flowered once in the last 10 years. Funny thing is that no mention is made of this unusual flowering pattern in references or accounts of its cultivation. It is regarded by some Rhododendron collectors to be one of the "top four " species and also has a strong scent. 

Another floral jewel of Hogsback

The pic above is a close up of the exquisite flower of the Kalmia Latifolia or Mountain Laurel, a shrub from North America which is found in many Hogsback gardens. Many gardeners have tried to grow it elsewhere in SA with limited success - seems to be one of the many species that does not want to live anywhere else but Hogsback !

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Gardens in Hogsback

This is the cover for a book which one of our residents, Suneya Harvey, has recently written. The book details the history of many Hogsback Gardens and includes many beautiful photographs taken by her husband, Ken. It is a charming book, full of very interesting stories and information and is on sale at the Visitors Information Centre ( Vic to the locals ! ) and at the Harvey's home, “Mirrors” This beautiful Spring Garden contains a “Stone Circle “ , as well as a shop, “Crystal Corner “ , where you can buy all sorts of amazing semi precious stones and crystals – each with a story to be told by Suneya ! Ken is a very accomplished photographer and his stunning framed photographs, shot in the Hogsback area, are also on sale here.