A seasons pass to Alowyn Gardens.
For only $30 we will print and laminate a Seasons Pass which will enable the holder to come to the gardens as many times as they like up to the end of May 2013, to experience the ever changing personality of the gardens. We will print the name of the holder on the laminated Season Pass card.
Please call in to order the card or ring us on 97302400 to order ahead.
Early Summer in the perennial border at Alowyn Gardens is a delight. The cool mornings followed by warm sunny days have brought on a patchwork of colour. The herbaceous perennials are in full flight with lots of colour from achillea, penstemons, geums, “Bishop of Llandaff” dahlias with their lovely dark leaves, phlomis russelliana over a metre tall this year and of course the beautiful salvia nemorosa in many shades of purple. Also in the spotlight is the buddleia, shasta daisies, verbascum, verbena bonariensis and the glowing yellow coreopsis.
The roses are still performing well with “Pierre de Ronsard”,”Graham Thomas” and the rugosas looking lush and lovely.
The Spring garden at Alowyn is certainly making a statement. Early roses, irises, hellebores, cyclamens, bluebells, dianthus, apple, crab apple and quince blossom and the amazing but beautiful Beschorneria yuccoides all in bloom.
The Wisteria floribunda archways are now in full flower and some of the racemes are challenging last year’s winner, which came in at 1620mm. The perfume of the Wisteria is wonderful and the haze of mauve and white is spectacular and an absolute “must see”.
Wisteria floribunda “Macrobotrys” (Japanese Wisteria)
We say goodby to winter, Spring is here. The wisteria has been budding, teasing us for the last 2 weeks with the buds now breaking out into their mauve fanfare. At the present rate of development, weather permitting, the wisteria should be in full flower in about two to three weeks time, about mid October.
Last year, the longest raceme on the wisteria archway measured 1620mm, very special indeed. On a warm sunny Spring day the perfume of the Wisteria is wonderful and the haze of mauve is spectacular and an absolute must see.
At the same time there is another wonder of the plant world at Alowyn. The Furcraea bedinghausii has started to flower, an exciting vision as you walk up the entry path to the gardens. This unusual plant, with origins in Mexico, only flowers once in its lifetime. It grows for about 12 years up to a height of 4 metres, then suddenly a flower stem appears which grows rapidly for a period of four to six weeks. Our Furcrea flower stem has grown three metres over the past three weeks and is still growing. The stem will grow to a height of approximately 5 metres reaching a total height of up to 9 metres, then it will burst into scores of weeping branches which carry hundreds of greeny white bell flowers. It has an overall vision of a strange but very dramatic aerial Christmas tree. Unfortunately the plant dies after flowering but produces hundreds of little plantlets to start a new generation.
Alowyn Gardens welcomes the Spring and is open again on Saturday 1st September 2012, from 10.00am to 5.00pm weekends and public holidays.
Come and visit to see early Spring in the gardens, the bulbs and hellebores are looking lovely in the birch forest and the quince blossom is just beginning.
We would love to see you. The coffee and cake will be ready for your arrival.
All the best, Prue and John Van de Linde
Mother’s Day at Alowyn Gardens
The weather may be cool but our coffee is hot and we would love to see you. We are spoiling all mothers with free entry and coffee. .
The gardens are looking lovely in the late Autumn with:
- lots of Autumn roses in bloom,
- ornamental grasses,
- colourful perennials
- the amazing hanging gourd garden and
- the new pole and rock sculpture
Seasonal fruits and vegetables available: persimmons, apples, pumpkins, artichokes and more.
We are hoping to see lots of mothers and their families before we close at the end of May for the Winter.
We are opening for Spring 2011 on Saturday 24th September at 10.00am.
Hope to see you there!
Come along to the tenth anniversary of the prestigious Yarra Glen Arts Show this March. Usually held over the Easter Weekend, the upcoming exhibition will be held during Labour Day weekend in 2011.