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Day 5 - Hunters Marlborough Garden Tour - Garden 4

Posted Dec 29 2008 6:42pm
The next garden seemed a bit longer away, and we seemed to pull up in a vineyard. However a long walk down the drive took us to another amazing house and garden. A Ronald McDonald statue welcomed us which seemed to be out of place, until we heard that the owners of this property owned the McDonalds in Blenheim.

Very sadly, due to ill health, the owners couldn't be there to greet us, but their lovely daughter was, and the gardener as well, who had worked hard in this garden for the past four years. He was able to tell us a lot about it.

The house and garden was almost totally surrounded by a beautiful river. Beautiful big grassy areas, and the home was modern. But the front entrace and drive way had some incredible roses. All colours and varieties. Fortunately by this time, the ky had got quite overcast which gave perfect lighting conditions to photograph them. I only wish I knew the names...

From Garden 4 - Blenheim


This one is incredible. Carol made me take the photo of this one - it was so perfect and symmetrical. We both loved it...

From Garden 4 - Blenheim


This one was a delicate pink and also very beautiful.

From Garden 4 - Blenheim


The next one had beautiful symmetry, like the one above, but this time in an apricot colour...

From Garden 4 - Blenheim


The same apricot colour but a different variety of rose - still just as gorgeous...

From Garden 4 - Blenheim


And onto the yellow...

From Garden 4 - Blenheim


Another pink one but a bit bolder. I actually loved the colour and shape of this one, and wouldn't mind it in my own garden..

From Garden 4 - Blenheim


Just look at it - isn't it wonderful?

From Garden 4 - Blenheim


Peaches and cream...

From Garden 4 - Blenheim


And I found this bee covered in pollen in one of the old fashioned roses. He looked like he was having a great time of it..

From Garden 4 - Blenheim


We wandered round the back, over a little bridge and up into the vineyard.. Note that taking the photo this way, the sky was still blue...

From Garden 4 - Blenheim


But over the vineyard, ominous clouds were forming...

From Garden 4 - Blenheim


and we managed to get onto the bus just in time before the storm broke. Look at those clouds!

From Garden 4 - Blenheim


I enjoyed this garden for it's park like qualities - very peaceful, and the river made a lovely setting for the house and garden.

I only wish I knew the names of the roses!
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