Our children both study in Hamilton, an hour and a half away from us. We have just had the occasion to visit them there. We never tire of the gardens, candy for the eyes and food for the soul. A morning at Hamilton's Gardens is inspirational! What a fantastic way to spend rate-payers money! Well done, Hamilton District Council!! This amazing public space is open to all, free of charge. Allow yourselves at least 3 hours to see all the wonderful garden spaces. Take a picnic and soak up the sunshine while admiring the mammoth creative genius that has gone into creating and maintaining this botanical wonderland! Below is a gallery of snapshots to capture the essence of this magical place.
|Ducklings bask in the morning sun, at the lake edge.|
|Making shadows on the carpet of flowers.|
|A glimpse of a bridge in the distance, reflected perfectly in the canal.|
|The rose arbor.|
|A delighted fat bumble bee burrows busily in the beautiful blooms. |
Methinks there's inspiration for budding poets in this beautiful space!
|Fat, well-fed pigeons also enjoying the sunshine.|
|Beautiful avian "ornaments" in the English Garden.|
|I definitely want to try my hand at making one of these handy little garden support structures.|
|The Indian Garden|
|Peaceful reflection within the walled Indian-inspired garden.|
|The Maori Garden fencing provides security against marauding neighbours.|
|A great way to educate family members what to pick in the edible garden, when sent to collect something for the busy cook!|
|Neat rows of vegetables flanked by nasty-insect repelling marigolds in front.|
|Great support structure for rambling raspberries.|
|Emerging peas are given protection against marauding birds, as well as a structure to climb up.|
|Small canes spaced close together to support peas.|
|Brilliant Bean supports.|
|What ingenious garden architecture!|
|A bit of garden-path art in the edible backyard garden.|
|The movable Chook Tractor/ Chicken Run|
|Garden-Art Scarecrow guards the edible crops.|
|Anyone for a seat? A concrete and mosaic resting place to contemplate the next gardening move. Every garden should have one! Note the mobile phones and old garden tools embedded in the seat.|
|Pappa, Mamma and Baby plant supports.|
On our way to Hamilton, we stopped to take a picture of some cows in a field of yellow buttercups. While taking photos, another car came screeching to a halt on the side of the road behind us, and out hopped an old fella who whipped out his mobile phone to also take a few shots of the cows. In 5 minutes he had asked a host of questions and told me his entire life story, before hopping back in his car, waving farewell and rushing off again! It's a funny old life!
|We spied this beauty in the field on the way to Hamilton. |
"Blessed are those, who delight in the small daily miracles of life." quote by Mwa.