Apple Tree Gardens Tour

The Apple Tree Gardens tour takes you through the Apple Tree Border, a foliage garden created around old heirloom fruit trees, and on to the top lawn, the wood shed with its exuberant pink rambling rose, and the potager-turned-rose garden, with pergola. Potager connoisseurs will be less than impressed with my latest vegetable efforts, however, as more and more roses have taken over. Oops.

You'll pass a small shady garden underneath the variegated Elm tree, now the perfect spot for hydrangeas. But aargh! Those tree suckers! The gardens along the top lawn have been re-organised to give sunny space for some brand new roses - David Austins near the compost heap, and striped roses along the fence-line. Naturally there is much summery anticipation...

Hope you enjoy your visit.

Hazel Orchard Garden Henhouse Garden Driveway Garden Island Garden The Jelly Bean Borders House and Garden Septic Tank Garden Water Garden Frisbee Lawn Apple Tree Border Dogpath Garden Middle Garden Willow Tree Garden Wattle Woods
Brick Herb SpiralBrick Herb Spiral...
In the late winter of 2012 I built a brick Herb Spiral in the middle of my vegetable garden. It has garden compartments in which I've planted assorted herbs. Some flowers are allowed, though, and space can always be found for other oddments like Bowles Golden Grass, scented pelargoniums, and lettuces.
Introducing the Apple Tree GardensIntroducing the Apple Tree Gardens...
The first garden in this area, the Apple Tree Border, was created back in the 1990s at Moosey's Country Garden. It seemed natural to feature some old orchard fruit trees and dig madly, if thoughtfully, around them. Alas, the plum and the apricot missed out on the naming rights.
Cabbage Tree (Cordyline)Cabbage Tree (Cordyline)...
One of the first Cordylines (or Cabbage trees) I planted in my garden is seen here, tattered but triumphant, silhouetted against the winter sky. Ha! The blue sky in this picture is proof that we have nice gardening winters!
Blue Aster FlowersBlue Aster Flowers...
By the corner of the pergola a clump of asters colours the autumn garden with beautiful smoky blue flowers. No mildew, no sulking - they just have a tendency to allow weedy grasses to creep through. But surely that's the gardener's problem!
Orange DayliliesOrange Daylilies...
Underneath the variegated Elm tree, just over the path from the Apple Tree Border, I used to grow the most beautiful double orange daylilies. The clump was forever expanding. But then the sun-shade balance of this small garden started to change...
Mermaid Rose On a Garden FenceMermaid Rose On a Garden Fence...
An old sheep fence used to run towards the Sleep-Out, with a narrow garden border on each side. In my earliest rose phase I planted two fierce Mermaid roses, whose thorny canes stretched right along the fence.
Ornamental Korean AngelicaOrnamental Korean Angelica...
Lucky gardeners have at least one plant they've brought into their gardens which visitors are amazed and stunned by. My special plant is an ornamental Angelica, which grows at the back of the Moosey wood shed.
Wood Shed RamblerWood Shed Rambler...
My Wood Shed is on the top lawn. A rambling rose covers the sunny sides and the roof of the shed with apple blossom pink flowers in late spring. This rose arrived with the wrong label, so I've never known its name. I call it the Woodshed rambler.
Garden Rose PergolaGarden Rose Pergola...
The pergola with its resident roses has been a real success. It forms part of a natural walkway from the back of the house over a bridge to the new Hazelnut Tree Orchard.
Blue DelphiniumsBlue Delphiniums...
The Apple Tree Garden originally housed my original collection of blue seed-grown delphiniums. They were initially a bit of a flop (literally), until the trees and shrubs planted nearer to the road gave wind shelter.
HydrangeasHydrangeas...
The Apple Tree Garden houses my random collection of hydrangeas. Some were bought from plant sales, while others were grown by me from cuttings. My summer garden tends to be too dry to grow hydrangeas with confidence, but I keep a watchful eye out.
Chatham Island Forget-Me-NotsChatham Island Forget-Me-Nots...
In a shady spot near the Sleep-out I've planted a cluster of Chatham Island Forget-Me-Nots. I'm hoping that they'll grow quite large here, as I've seen waist-high specimens in similar positions in other gardens.
My Rhubarb PatchMy Rhubarb Patch...
Just along from the corner pergola post is my rhubarb patch. The compost heap is just over the fence, and I have to lean over the rhubarb with my food scraps. I like to use rhubarb in jams - well, that's the theory.
Banksia Climbing RoseBanksia Climbing Rose...
Early in the Moosey garden's history the fence by the woodshed was planted with pink roses, in a very narrow border. I planted a yellow climbing rose, Banksia Lutea at one end, by the washing line. Such a tiny thing, cutting-grown...
A Tale Of Two BordersA Tale Of Two Borders...
These two garden borders - the Apple Tree Garden (on the right) and the Wattle Woods (on the left) both had New Zealand Phormiums planted at their end points. The snow storm in 2006 flattened the big brown flax, and I dug it out. More room for roses, hee hee...
Flowers in the Vegetable GardenFlowers in the Vegetable Garden...
It's spring and my vegetable garden is full of flowers. But could this simply be the good gardening principle of companion planting? I'm not sure that those cute little purple violas would scare any nasties away...
Variegated Elm Tree GardenVariegated Elm Tree Garden...
The variegated elm arrived at Mooseys in 2001 as a rather large tree. Firstly it was planted in the grass by the woodshed. I laid a circle of stones to show the shape of the new garden, and dug. But gardens grow, and slowly they change...
Bowles Golden GrassBowles Golden Grass...
The Apple Tree Border started life around about 1999, and was crammed full of golden foliage plants. A small beauty which still survives is Bowles Golden Grass. It makes a beautifully subtle show in spring, with purple violas and golden marjoram.
Orange Canna LilyOrange Canna Lily...
Underneath a scruffy green cordyline I've planted a clump of Canna lilies. They have purple leaves and beautiful orange flowers, and I suspect they are very much the common garden variety!
The Moosey Vegetable GardenThe Moosey Vegetable Garden...
Oh dear. I'm not consistently good at looking after my vegetable garden. Some years it has suffered dreadfully - all the lettuces have bolted, and the tomatoes have refused to grow. I can, however, manage to produce a decent crop of potatoes - as long as I remember to dig them up...
Tea Time in the GardenTea Time in the Garden...
On the back lawn by the Sleep-Out I've placed some second-hand garden furniture - a comfortable wooden bench, and a round table with two seats. And there's even a silly tea-set, to set the scene ready for summer refreshments...
Leopards Behind the Wood ShedLeopards Behind the Wood Shed...
I've moved a spotty Ligularia (a Leopard Plant) into this narrow border behind the wood shed, and it is appreciating the shelter from the hot summer sun and the slight winter frosts. What a beautiful foliage plant this is!
The Apple TreeThe Apple Tree...
The Apple Tree border was dug around a row of original fruit trees. The apple tree still survives, though my pruning scheme is as haphazard as my harvesting.
Perennials and Roses GardenPerennials and Roses Garden...
Oops. The new perennials and roses garden (by the rose pergola) took over ground which was supposed to be a potager. In it I planted many budget roses with no labels, and others either rescued or given to me by friends. There was room for my ever expanding collection of perennials. Roses and perennials are good garden companions.
Kitten in the WoodshedKitten in the Woodshed...
In the beginning of the year 2009 something really exciting happened in the Apple Tree Gardens. Deep at the back of the woodshed my dog Rusty found a little wild grey kitten. Naturally, being an animal lover, I leapt to the cat-rescue with food and friendship.
Hardy Geranium PlantsHardy Geranium Plants...
This purple flowering geranium, with subtle lime green foliage, is planted behind the Moosey wood shed. It grows well in this partially shaded and reasonably moist garden.
Sleep-Out Garden & LawnSleep-Out Garden & Lawn...
The Sleep-Out is a roomy space attached to the Moosey Garage. Various relatives have indeed slept in here, though at the moment the only in-house residents will be spiders and the occasional nosy cat. It has a tiny triangular garden underneath the window which looks out to the back lawn. That is if you can see through the Camellia!
EpimediumsEpimediums...
I rescued three big pots of Epimediums from an Easter nursery sale, and decided to try them planted underneath the Cabbage Tree, at the start of the Apple Tree Border. I wasn't sure if they'd like their chosen spot...
Apple Tree BorderApple Tree Border...
The Apple Tree border lies on a gentle slope, and this side faces the Pond Paddock - and the sun. Things are forever changing in this garden - I can't decide whether it should be shrubby or flowery!
Hosta VistaHosta Vista...
On the far side of the Apple Tree Border, under the apple tree itself, is a small pink hydrangea. It is in the company of some pretty variegated hostas, or plantain lilies.
Blue Green HostaBlue Green Hosta...
This blue green hosta clump is due for dividing. It is one of the original texture plantings in the Apple Tree Garden.
The Pergola GardenThe Pergola Garden...
Plantings along the garden fence towards the pergola have changed over the years. First things were very simple - and apart from daffodils and some neglected dahlias there were few major gardening statements. But then...
Choisya SundanceChoisya Sundance...
This slow growing golden Choisya has beautiful yellow foliage, and lightens up the shady Apple Tree garden with its sunny colours. The variety is called 'Sundance' for a very good reason!
The Moosey Washing LineThe Moosey Washing Line...
Ha! The Moosey washing line is an original, consisting wires strung around a tiny triangular piece of lawn. But who was the bright spark who chose this spot to grow a rather feral yellow climbing Banksia rose? Oops.
Wood in the Wood ShedWood in the Wood Shed...
The wood shed is full of wood collected from the property and sawed up ready for the log burner. Winter is never far away. And who knows - with New Zealand's peculiar weather, firewood could be needed anytime!