Just on the eastern outskirt of Campbell Town is "Riccarton", one of the first land grants in the area dating back to 1826 and owned by the Lyne family since 1909.
It is a charming serene oasis created amidst the "bones" of very old plantings where Poppy Lyne has created sweeping beds and graceful turns to compliment her great passion for bulbs and peonies.
Not only do I draw inspiration from plantings, but also from gates and structures, the visual clues to the "doorways" from one area to another.
This can still be achieved even in small gardens and they need not be expensive, just strong to stand the test of time, winds and to support the weight of growth.
I note with interest also the various ways of using rocks, plentiful on our own land, about the structures for borders and walkways.
An example of "cloud" pruning, a technique where branches are stripped bare and balls are encouraged at the ends, giving trees another design look all together. Their whimsical look puts me in mind of Dr, Suess illustrations.
Strong straight pruning lines and formal clipped hedges.
Box clipped into fences, columns and pillars.
Some focal points are as simple as taking advantage of a lost tree and using the stump as a column.
Or interesting weathered sculptural garden art,
A memorial garden commemoration 100 years of Lyne ownership of the property.
A gate on the outer perimeter of the house garden looking further eastwards.
The dovecote in the orchard.
The sheep brought in for drafting the lambs from the ewes look on bleating, a reminder of the importance of the wool industry in the district.
And a little further along we come to Poppy's vast plantings of peonies for cutting.
A grand passion and I can certainly understand why she is so captivated. So many varieties, both herbaceous and tree.
I could have stayed for hours but it's also nice to get back to one's own garden and get stuck in with fresh eyes and inspiration.
Riccarton is a working farm and not a public garden. I would like to thank Poppy for very kindly showing us her garden and sharing her passion, it was a rare treat.