I’ve been home for over a month and have almost forgotten what I wanted to say!

The bus trip down to the coast was a lovely, comfortable run, though I didn’t see much after Bredbo as daylight faded to  stars-and-headlights. But it’s a good road and I’d be happy to drive it. Another time…

The nice driver told us remaining passengers, at the final scheduled stop, that if any of us wanted to be let off he’d stop. (Farming country, so some people might have taken that opportunity and been met at their farm gate.) My friends were meeting me in Eden so I stayed til the end of the run.

I’d travelled all that way to see Margaret and Bevan, friends from the time we lived at Tamborine. We’d not seen each other for 17 years! 

Margaret is an artist and for many years sculpted wildlife forms  alongside running their Arabian horse stud. Keen gardeners, I remember helping to divide, re-pot and pack many plants when they headed south.

A vastly different climate and habitat, they began a new garden on a comparatively small (well, much smaller than their former one, measured in acres!) suburban plot. I have a few photos…

Hebe.One of several
Magnolia. Not sure which one

Viburnum opulus. Guelder rose.Happily scrambling into the neighbour’s trees.That’s a bird’s nest fern (Asplenium nidus)below it. Size matters!

Marg and I are both hazy on the name of this gorgeous rose, but I think it may be David Austin’s “Graham Stuart Thomas.”
I’m not sure if this was ever named, but it came from a mutual friend’s Brisbane garden. I do know it has “Dorothy Perkins” in its lineage and has the prickles to prove it! But such a sweet thing.

Liriodendron tulipifera. American tulip tree. Well-budded in October so would have been stunning when the flowers opened.

The harbour at Eden. Once a thriving fishing port, the catches have dropped dramatically, but the harbour is being dredged and extended to take big cruise boats. We ate a fish’n’chips
 lunch there;fish landed that morning. Oh, the local gulls are well-fed!

Once again, the clock is mocking me. Also, it’s raining again and I have windows wide open  … 


12 thoughts on “FROM CANBERRA TO EDEN

  1. Dorothy Perkins? The female equivalent of Burton’s the Tailor in the UK? Strange name for a rose… Anyway I looked her up, and she’s a double-flowered rambler – this looks more like the “Gallica” Rosa complicata. Jx

    PS So peculiar to see traditional cottage garden flowers like Hebe and Guelder Rose growing alongside the tropical houseplant Asplenium…

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  2. I’m pretty sure she gets her name from a breeder’s missus, not the High Street shop! It was a “sport” from a friend’s garden, so no documented line, though we do know DorothyP. was involved. I don’t think she ever applied to have it registered.
    I think you’d like this garden, Jon. Well planted with native species to encourage birds and usually good rains, though they had just come through a very dry spell. I was too late for the daffodils and tulips, but I heard about them!


  3. No need for apologies – i’ve been in Turkey a few days and haven’t even updated on FB, let alone gotten to a very important blog post! No baby yet, but soon! There is something nice about bus travel – we once took an Amtrak train from Oakland, CA to Yosemite National Park – and the last 2 hours of a 5 hour trip were by bus. i quite enjoyed it!

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  4. This was a gem! The first time I went down to Eden,I went by bus from Brisbane(mostly at night so saw nothing), with long stop in Sydney, then another 9 uncomfortable hours to Eden. But this trip was a peach!

    All going well with Katie, I hope?


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