A lovely day at the Hunter Valley Gardens today...the rain stayed away, the temperature was perfect, and the display gardens really resonated with us. Upon entering the garden, we spiraled into the sunken rose garden with its sculpture of children frolicking.
[Note: Please click to enlarge photos for detail on flowers, leaves, birds, trees.]
The Indian Mosaic Garden was interesting, but not our favorite. Here's Bob under a shelter by one of the lakes and a picture of the mosaic part of the garden.
|Indian Tea House.|
|Indian Mosaic Gaarden|
Right next door we found one of our favorite gardens of the day: the Chinese Moongate Garden. The garden is circular, no corners for demons to hide in. You'll note the moongate is circular. Looking through the moongate are garden versions of a river (crushed white rock), mountain (big gray boulder) and clouds (the topiary bush). You'll also see modern day gardening implements. Oh, and me. LOL.
|Moongate with symbolic scene.|
|Fuschias and hostas in Chinese Moongate Garden.|
Along the paths, we saw unique flowers and beautiful birds.
|Male Superb Fairy-wren|
The Storybook Garden was very cute with books turned to a page of a nursery rhyme and statuary that brought the nursery rhymes to life. Piped in music played children's nursery rhyme music. I'm a fan of Alice in Wonderland, so where do you think I landed? I was late for a very important date with the Mad Hatter and Alice.
Another garden that impressed us immensely is the Border Garden. Wow! That is one BIG hedge border!
|Bob is 6' tall. The hedge must be 18' tall.|
|Love the varied green bottom hedge.|
|Inside the Border Garden.|
From the Border Garden we took a hike over to the Oriental Garden and stopped to admire a waterfall and plants along the way.
On to the Oriental Garden, another of our favorites! I took so many pictures here but I can't put them all in my blog. Sigh.
|Bob was into taking photos of me today.|
|Another type of water lily.|
Other shots taken on the Lakes Walk...
|Cape Chestnut (Calodendron capense)--native to Africa.|
In the Formal Garden we were greeted by a willie wagtail bird dressed in his tuxedo. Do birds just know to dress for the occasion?
After almost three hours of walking, photography and sniffing flowers, we were ready for the hot tub. The one nearest our unit was worked on Tuesday, but the heater still wasn't working. We walked up the street to the other pool and hot tub. That one worked. It sure felt good to sit in the hot tub for 1/2 hour!
Tomorrow we're taking the CityRail train into Sydney. We can get a day pass for $21 that includes all trains, ferries and buses. We'll really be able to get around. Bob wants to see Bondi Beach, the National Opal Collection and wants to show me the Darling Harbour area. We also want to re-visit Queen Victoria Building (QVB) shopping area and check out The Strand shopping area. We don't know if we'll get to it tomorrow, but we also want to tour the Hyde Park Barracks to learn of Sydney's early convict history.
That's it for today.
Travel Bug out.