Monday, May 11, 2009

"Lambley" and Mother's day...

On Saturday my family visited a very unique nursery called "Lambley".
It is set around a beautiful old farmhouse called "Burnside" in a lovely area outside Ballarat called Ascot. It is unique in its ability to grow specific species of plants, sourced from all around the world, that are drought tolerant and extremely hardy in our dry climate.


The beautiful entry suggests wonderful things to come.....

This is called "The Dry Garden" and is only watered 3 times a year.
Even in Autumn it was beautiful with an abundance of colour.

We are starting to think about our new garden, when the house is finished, so we were able to see how these plants grow together and what colours looked good together.

They also have "The Cut Flower and Vegetable Garden". Just take a look at these mouthwateringly yummy strawberries.


I would love this in my garden....


Even though we were not here at its' best, it was still beautiful and you could see lots of colour. Imagine what it looks like in Spring!


The way out.
The kids enjoyed running around the gravel paths, hubs enjoyed marvelling at the colour (I think he was expecting to see lots of cactus and yuccas!) and I enjoyed envisaging our new garden.
I hope all the mothers out there had a wonderful Mother's Day. I was spoilt with breakfast in bed (eggs on toast, bacon, mushrooms and a latte!) then master 8 had the brilliant idea of picking some lunch up from the bakery and having our first meal at the new house.

So we sat on the floor of the new house eating our meat pies, then had a kick of the soccer ball on the block next door. It was a great day. I love being a Mum......most of the time!

Kathryn. XX

17 comments:

Sandra @ Pepperberry and Co. said...

Wow! I can't believe that's a nursery- it looks gorgeous enough to be a garden on one of those house tours in Toorak. It looks like a really lovely day, and it's so exciting that you had lunch in your new house! How long until it's ready?? You must be pumped!!
xx

blushing rose said...

How exciting ... & soon you'll be living in your new home.

Breathtaking gardens at the nursery. Never heard of a dry garden before ... that would be great to not have to worry about watering.

Have a beautiful day.

TTFN ~ Marydon

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

The property you visited looks beautiful.
And being Ascot the plants would want to be resilent to not much water!!! lol!
Sounds like a lovely way to spend Mummas day!!!
And fancy having lunch at your new digs...
How fun,
Hey are they Tatrtan gumbies???
Love em!

marie said...

Happy Mother's Day Kathryn!
The gardens look wonderful ~ I would love a stroll through them!

Breakfast in bed sounds like a lovely treat ~ but meat pies eaten in the beginnings of your new home was a splendid idea!! Good job master 8!

The Vintage Rose said...

Sounds like a perfect day! LOved the photos of the place you visited in Ascot and that you had meat pies in your new home Wooh hoo!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Glad you had a grat Mothers Day! The nursery look amazing - no doubt very inspirational as you plan your new garden. Looks like you rnew home is coming along beautifully.

Jodie said...

It is looking decidely house-ish now Kathryn.....

Sarah said...

Hi Kathryn,
First off big hugs for a belated Happy Mothers Day wish! Glad that you had a great day.
I love the idea of a dry garden, having come off a farm where water use was always at a bare minimum I love things that can survive with not much water.
As for meat pies in the new house, give the boy a 'HI 5'! What a great idea!!!!
~S~ xxx

Antique Rose Designs said...

Wow those gardens are gorgeous I'd love to see it in Spring. Your house is coming along nicely and I hope you had a great Mothers Day. Take care Carol

Annie said...

Oh Kathryn, my most favourite nursery of all - just a fabulous place at any season, but yes, Spring is spectacular. House is looking good!!

A Stitch In Thyme said...

Any garden is a good garden waiting to be an extrordinary one. A good excuse to get out and about as well. I love to look at all the different plants and possibilities! Sounds you like you had a wonderful time!

Noémia said...

What a lovely day. I would like a dry garden like that one, so beautiful and watered only 3 times! I think that will be harder to you, to chose the right flowers to your garden!
By the way, I always forgot to say you that I've use your zip purse in USA, with my little things, in my bag!

Kerryanne English said...

A belated happy Mother's day to you Kathryn. Looks like you had the perfect day with your boys.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

tales from an oc cottage said...

I don't know what meat pies are, but it sounds like a wonderful day you had! (WOW! Your new home is sure coming along!!!)

m ^..^

clare's craftroom said...

I wish everyone would stop taking photos of my garden , lol . Your house is really coming along .

TattingChic said...

LOL! Clare's comment cracked me up!

That is a lovely nursery! Thanks for sharing the photos!

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.