On the list of dream gardens, the country garden always rates a mention.
Even the most hardened urbanite seems to suddenly view the world through rose coloured glasses upon first sighting an actual rose-covered arbour.
And those for whom the very idea of chintz is enough to bring on an attack of hives, undergo a complete about-face when confronted by a posy of fully blown roses on the mantelpiece.
What happens to us?!
See if you can get through these images without wanting to totally revamp your snazzy-sharp courtyard into a little bower of country goodness…
And the good news is, unlike that holiday batik shirt that seemed so right on the beach but hasn’t left the drawer since you got home, if you’re clever, it is possible to bring a little bit of country magic back to your place. Well, maybe not the cow.
Now it’s over to you.
What’s your take on the ‘country garden’? Has your concrete and stainless steely resolve ever crumbled in the face of a fresh-laid egg? What have you done to bring the best of the country to your garden?
I’d love to know your thoughts – join the conversation in the comments section below.
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ps: These pictures were taken at the delightful Harvest Farm: 'you'll-never-want-to-leave' cottage accommodation associated with the award-winning Healesville Hotel. If you ever tire of Melbourne’s many charms, recharge with a night or two in the cottage…and a day or two enjoying the garden.
All images © Amalie Wright and Richard Buchanan.
Footnote: Whilst this post is slightly tongue-in-cheek, there is nothing funny about the devastation caused by the ongoing bushfires in New South Wales. Our thoughts are with the affected communities and all those working to save lives and homes.