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The Garden

After years of living on a large acreage

and coping with the commuter nightmare of Sydney traffic, we longed for a simpler life in a country town not too far away from Sydney and family. We loved the South Coast, often visiting friends in the area. Our criteria were to find an old house we could restore and to have a large garden able to fulfil our many requirements.

In November 2009 we moved into a large rambling weatherboard Californian Bungalow built in the 1920s in the South Coast town of Nowra. We painted the house Butter Yellow and it became the “Yellow House”.

Echium pininana X fastosum with Rosa 'Lorraine Lee' climbing nearby
Echium pininana X fastosum with Rosa 'Lorraine Lee' climbing nearby
The poor echium after rain
The poor echium after rain
Alstromeria aurantiaca with Artemisia californica
Alstromeria aurantiaca with Artemisia californica
Salvias, roses and feverfew in the orchard
Salvias, roses and feverfew in the orchard
Hydrangea quercifolia
Hydrangea quercifolia
Salvia 'Folletts Folly'
Salvia 'Folletts Folly'
A gaudy gladioli
A gaudy gladioli
Rosa 'Gertrude Jekyll' with passionfruit and lime tree
Rosa 'Gertrude Jekyll' with passionfruit and lime tree
Fig trees, Silene coronaria and artichokes
Fig trees, Silene coronaria and artichokes
Roses and lemon trees in the orchard
Roses and lemon trees in the orchard
One of our historic iris
One of our historic iris
The wild herb garden
The wild herb garden
Sambuccus nigra aurea 'Golden Elderberry'
Sambuccus nigra aurea 'Golden Elderberry'
Tweedia caerulea
Tweedia caerulea
Alstromeria pelegrina 'Dwarf Pink'
Alstromeria pelegrina 'Dwarf Pink'
Alstromeria pelegrina 'Dwarf White'
Alstromeria pelegrina 'Dwarf White'
Lonicera peryclymenum 'Glenfield Pink'
Lonicera peryclymenum 'Glenfield Pink'
Our new salvia hybrid
Our new salvia hybrid
Salvis maderensis
Salvis maderensis
Iris unguicularis
Iris unguicularis
Erigeron glacus 'Elsted Pink'
Erigeron glacus 'Elsted Pink'
Pycnostachys urticifolia
Pycnostachys urticifolia
White Tree Daisy Montanoa grandiflora
White Tree Daisy Montanoa grandiflora
Tithonia diversifolia
Tithonia diversifolia
An old unnamed red climbing rose
An old unnamed red climbing rose
Alstromeria aurantiaca with Artemisia californica
Alstromeria aurantiaca with Artemisia californica
Scabosia 'Blue Seal'
Scabosia 'Blue Seal'
Salvias, roses and feverfew in the orchard
Salvias, roses and feverfew in the orchard
Salvia coccinia 'Lady in Red' thrives under the fig trees
Salvia coccinia 'Lady in Red' thrives under the fig trees
Rosa 'Glamis Castle' and Digitalis purpurea albiflora
Rosa 'Glamis Castle' and Digitalis purpurea albiflora
A lovely surprise - Digitalis 'Candy Mountain' x Digitalis purpurea
A lovely surprise - Digitalis 'Candy Mountain' x Digitalis purpurea
Rosa 'Veilchenblau', an old blue mauve climber
Rosa 'Veilchenblau', an old blue mauve climber
Buddleja globose has been slow to flower but is now producing lots of these little golden spheres
Buddleja globose has been slow to flower but is now producing lots of these little golden spheres
Deutzia gracilis - bunches of pure white double flowers with delicately cut petals
Deutzia gracilis - bunches of pure white double flowers with delicately cut petals

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