The garden of Frank and Vicki Boffa near Wellington may be the most idyllic and perfect garden I have ever visited. Of course it helped that there was just the right amount of diffused sun and the temperature was perfect! And no mosquitos--how'd they manage that?
Just 11 hours after posting this image on Facebook, 260 co-FB'ers "liked" it and a dozen shared it--a scientific measure of exactitude you couldn't question, could you?
As in almost every New Zealand garden in January, the Ligularias ruled here: vast drifts beckoned...
There were many magnolias--the seedpods on this one were vaguely....you know...
The dazzling variegated fuchsia almost distracts from the paradisal view. Spellcheck doesn't recognize the various adjectives derived from paradise--what a comment on our un-edenic age!
I believe this is Pyrrhosia eleagnifolia--one of the commonest New Zealand epiphytic ferns. Wouldn't it be fun to have this clambering over your tree trunks?
The first good view of the larger Tree fern grove--there were several there...not sure which of the 10 native species of Dicksonia or Cyathea this would be.
|Tree ferns with duck and reflections...|
Lichens encrusted the road, the trees--everything: the place obviously is humid occasionally!
Here another fern is climbing a trunk...
A lovely wild form of Iris ensata--still blooming at the equivalent of late July...
I know Lythrum is anathema to many, but I still love it (although I resist planting it--despite the fact that it is hardly likely to be weedy in my dry garden). It combines well with tree ferns--but then, what doesn't?
|Lobelia cardinalis 'Queen Victoria'|
I rather like this shot with some cannas off to the side..how to pick? Heck--I'll do both.
The view from the big deck in front of the house out to where we were walking...
Just a few last glimpses...
As we returned to the bus, I asked Harry Rissetto--formerly chairman of the board of the American Horticultural Society--agreed to pose alongside some of the Agapanthus that border the path out of the garden for scale. A fine flourish to the last of 18 superlative private gardens featured on this AHS extravaganza to New Zealand. Mind you, we had lots of other distractions--nature, museums, wineries and spectacular public gardens to mention a few--and lavish breakfasts, lunches and dinners. A feast for the eyes as well as the tummy! I only hope we can all fit on the plane heading home!