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This is one very special property - acreage, with sweeps of lawn and arbors that lead you to explore down to the river - with beautiful mature trees framing the whole picture.

Hydroponics, a giant chook run that I would be happy to call home, raised wicking beds for veg and lots of colourful decorative plants to please the eye.

Karla has a distinctly artistic way of grouping plants to show off colour and texture to perfection, with lots of clever art work dotted amongst the foliage. Beautiful, just beautiful.

Karla does have the advantage over most of us. She has an incredibly versatile gardening aide called the "Bruce". Not sure what sort of fuel The Bruce works on but it's worth every penny for the amount of work this aide produces when you aim it in the right direction and give it instructions.

Some photos from our glorious morning visiting the garden of Karla, Bruce and their family.

The setting with fire for making damper.

Bruce working the damper.

Looking back towards the house.

Enjoying the morning tea table.

The swap table.

Some of Karla's artwork.

Colour everywhere you looked.

Brazilian Red Cloak or Megaskepasma erythroclamys


Mallow - grown from seed - bee attracting.

Dombeya Burgessiae Pink -  covered in bees both honey and native.

Miranda Moss - wire frame.

At the wicking beds. The property is watered via tank and pumped river water.

Zack and sculpture.

Zack's Mum Susan tucking into a tasty Loquat.

Karla leading the group down the curved lawn to the Aquaponics and chicken coop area.


Giant chicken run (to be extended Bruce tells me)....

...and some of the lucky inmates.

Isn't the rooster a beauty and doesn't he know it.

The arbor leads down to the Pine River.....

Some empty shells from the giant river snails.

George and Helena going back up to the lawn area through the lush gardens.

Aviary and children's cubby house.

A big thank you to Karla, Bruce and their daughter for making us all feel so welcome and providing such a lovely setting for today's Garden Visit. Memorable stuff and much appreciated.

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Loved it as well.  Have you thought about naming the creek down the back "The Ross"?  You could do a hellishly cute sign and most people would miss the point of the little joke. 

Thanks for having us when ya running on 3 cylinders darl. 

Took me 20 seconds, but got it eventually! x

And I've entirely missed the point :-\ Clue? 

Ross River fever - Karla is recovering.

and so doing a garden visit to that standard was pretty darn spectacular. It was my little way of letting her know that I recognised that fact. 

I get the 3 cylinders, it was the river and now with Lissa's help, I get that too. Pheww!

Having had it, I can empathise.


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