House and Garden Tour

The Moosey House Gardens are fairly flowery by nature, full of roses and perennials, spring bulbs, and small ornamental grasses. The Moosey house is framed by Wisteria in spring and climbing roses cover the patio pergola in summer.

The two tiled patios and the decking are definitely good places to relax apres gardening. Settle down comfortably with a coffee and a book, by the fragrant rose Compassion, and before long you'll be joined by one of the cats. Look around and you'll spy abandoned cushions, old cups of tea, and discarded gardening tools. The steps are cluttered with pots and containers full of flowers and vegetables.

In theory the house gardens should be the best-weeded gardens on the property. There's no excuse to forget to keep them tidy. Aargh! I hope you enjoy your visit. And I do hope those weeds aren't too noticeable in the House and Garden Tour photographs...

Introducing the House GardensIntroducing the House Gardens...
The Moosey house garden borders were already dug and organised when I moved to Mooseys eighteen years ago. But the planting scheme was completely functional (just evergreen shrubs) and the soil was covered with thick bark chips laid over weed mat. No flowers!
House Garden ImagesHouse Garden Images...
The house doesn't change at all (apart from the occasional paint spruce up) - nor do the shapes and locations of the borders around the house. But the plants therein? That's another story! This page presents a collection of my recent house garden images.
Big Gum TreeBig Gum Tree...
Standing in the car lay-by by the house entrance there are sweeping views looking over the lawn towards the BIG GUM. These lawns are mowed regularly with a ride on mower.
Patio FurniturePatio Furniture...
I use the house patios nearly all the year round - on spring mornings, for summer barbecues in the early evening, autumn coffee breaks - and in winter, when the sun is shining, sitting with a book and a cup of tea. Some days I just gaze and dream, or plan my next garden development...
Pergola Wisteria FloweringPergola Wisteria Flowering...
The Wisteria was planted to grow up and over the house patio pergolas, replacing a pair of rust-prone New Dawns. It's a delicate pale purple shade when in flower - but what a beautiful fragrance!
Disney Garden GnomesDisney Garden Gnomes...
Oops. I'm lowering the tone of my house gardens by allowing a group of freshly painted Disney gnomes to take up residence. Their bright red hats are clearly visible from the house patio.
Feeding the BirdsFeeding the Birds...
The house patio pergola is a safe place to hang my various bird feeders in winter. It's high, with nowhere for cats to hide, sneak up, and pounce. And I can watch the feeding antics from the warmth of the house.
Head GardenerHead Gardener...
The Head Gardener can often be found relaxing on the house patio. This is the perfect spot to read a gardening magazine in the sun, or just snooze and enjoy the garden.
Erigeron - Mexican DaisyErigeron - Mexican Daisy...
Mexican daisies (Erigeron) self-seed around the patio steps. These beautiful little plants are actually considered undesirable in New Zealand, and aren't allowed to be propagated or sold in nurseries. No-one told them about seeding!
Outdoor Garden LampOutdoor Garden Lamp...
The lamp which sits in the corner of the garden by the car lay-by is the only outdoor light in the garden. It's never cleaned because of its resident spiders. Neighbouring shrubs are a conifer, a large bush rose, and a camellia.
Big Bronze Phormium (Flax)Big Bronze Phormium (Flax)...
In the small garden between the decking and the house I've planted a big dark bronze Phormium (flax) with a Mutabilis rose climbing up the house wall behind. The various pots which sit in front are changed according to the seasons.
Jeremy CatJeremy Cat's Memorial Garden...
By the house patio is small memorial garden in which Jeremy the cat has her final resting place. In it I've planted some of my favourite foliage plants like variegated Miscanthus, as well as roses. Jeremy the cat may be long gone, but her garden still evokes happy memories.
Garden Table CatGarden Table Cat...
There's always been at least one patio table upon which the Moosey cats can relax and loll about. The patio is sunny and sheltered, and a wary eye can be kept on any movement in the house. One wouldn't want to miss out on any food snacks...
Yellow Mums (Chrysanthemums)Yellow Mums (Chrysanthemums)...
I'm fascinated by seasonal symmetries - for example, the time when spring days are the same length as autumn's. To deliberately balance spring's beautiful yellow daffodil flowers I grow yellow autumn Chrysanthemums near the house.
Garden AngelGarden Angel...
My garden angel was an early garden present from a student, and lives on the house decking near the big brown flax. She gets submerged in Honesty (spring) and Catmint (summer), and often is covered in gum tree leaves.
Pots and FernsPots and Ferns...
Peeping around the side of the house towards the Laundry Garden there are many beautiful late spring surprises. Where did those luscious Lupins come from? And the ferns? Every year there are new clumps of this and that in my house gardens.
David AustinDavid Austin's Mary Rose...
The small garden immediately outside the big bay window features Mary Rose, one of David Austin's famous English roses. There are also white Flower Carpet roses planted in here, with lots of self-sown blue forget-me-nots.
Crab-Apple TreeCrab-Apple Tree...
An original Crab-Apple tree, possibly the variety 'Jack Humm', has always been a focal point of the house gardens. I enjoy the blossom in spring and the bright red apples throughout winter.
Watering CansWatering Cans...
My two blue plastic watering cans are extremely useful for the patio pots. No point in hiding them away - they're used twice a day in the heat of summer.
Garden Patio StepsGarden Patio Steps...
The patio steps are such a nice place to sit with a cup of coffee and some cats or a dog for company. Each year the pots here get filled with my latest favourites. The climbing rose Compassion on the pergola at the side of the steps is very fragrant.
House & Garden Patio PathHouse & Garden Patio Path...
A short paved path leads to the house patios and the doors. When I first arrived at Mooseys I was in my Cottage Garden phase, and immediately planted catmint to sprawl over the patio path edges.
Rose CompassionRose Compassion...
Two strong climbing Compassion roses are a delight growing on the house patio pergola. They are beautifully fragrant, and flower from late spring well into the beginning of winter.
CatmintCatmint...
I am not supposed to show any cat-favouritism to my beautiful, photogenic, white cat called B-Puss. But I thought I'd get away with popping this beautiful photograph into the Moosey Garden Tour.
Fairy Rose and Pink FlaxFairy Rose and Pink Flax...
The patio gardens are a source of pink warmth and wonderment in Autumn and early Winter when The Fairy Rose flowers alongside a pink leaved flax (Phormium). In mid-winter the warmth of the coloured leaves is most welcome.
Statue of a PigletStatue of a Piglet...
There are few statues in the Moosey garden, apart from this cute piglet who stands guard in the centre of the path to the house patio. He has considerable sentimental value, and provides visitors with an interesting obstacle to step over.
Westerland Fragrant RoseWesterland Fragrant Rose...
The garden outside the side bay window of the house is full of roses and perennials. I'm training the fragrant rose Westerland up the drainpipe. This part of the garden gets baked in the afternoon summer sun, and plants in this border have to be tough.
Patio RosesPatio Roses...
As you walk around the lawn past the big bay window, the many roses in the patio borders can be appreciated. The plantings sprawl over the edge, and I've encouraged Angelica to self-seed in behind.
Rose Golden TributeRose Golden Tribute...
In New Zealand, down 'there' surrounded by ocean, we often feel isolated from world events and news. Not so in the year 2001, when I planted this rose called Golden Tribute to make my small statement for world peace.
House Rose ArchHouse Rose Arch...
This photo from the archives shows the New Dawn climbing rose forming a beautiful archway and gently dropping its pale pink petals on the patio beneath.
Succulents In PotsSucculents In Pots...
A collection of garden pots sits by the sliding doors to the patio. These are filled with several varieties of succulents, and they get enough frost shelter to stay here all year round.
Sedum & Bumble BeeSedum & Bumble Bee...
I've planted a sedum which has creamy white flowers on the edge of Jeremy's border. Its leaves are clear light green and fit well with the underplantings of Stachys Limelight. It's a bee plant.
New Dawn RoseNew Dawn Rose...
I've forgotten to tie this new rose cane of New Dawn in to the pergola post. Its flowers are the palest prettiest pink.
Garden Patio CatsGarden Patio Cats...
My cats have always loved the patio. It's the perfect place to sit and think, or stretch out in the sun and show your tummy. In the case of Tiger the tortoiseshell, that tummy is rather large!
Garden CastleGarden Castle...
In the car lay-by garden, partly hidden by some hostas and forget-me-nots, is a small castle. Sometimes when I am feeling totally childlike I try and imagine which room I would live in.
Cat and MouseCat and Mouse...
This is an almost daily drama conducted on the house patio. Looking like symbols of David and Goliath, Stumpy faces up to rodent number 154. The outcome of this particular encounter does not make good family viewing, however.....Goliath won.