It's been quite a while since Pam and I hit the road on holidays, but last week we managed to squeeze in a very enjoyable 2000-km ramble from Sydney down to see old friends in Kyneton, Victoria (hi Amanda and Mike!), then back home the long way through inland New South Wales. It's high summer here at the moment, and the whole of south-eastern Australia is a pale straw colour, thanks to drought and heatwaves. And yet we managed to find a beautiful cool, green oasis in the midst of this sunburnt summer, at the Japanese Gardens in Cowra.
|This view from the township side of the garden looks over to the|
lofty, rocky hills in the distance.
|Stepping back a few feet from that hilltop view and you can|
see that Mr Nakajima has once again placed his garden seats
perfectly, for visitors to enjoy the views as long as you like. All
around the gardens, the seat placements are many and perfect.
|Some of the seats are simple plank benches, others more deluxe|
affairs, but they all provide a view that invites you to rest a while.
|It's true the gardens are at their best in autumn|
and spring, but part of its design is to have
something in flower at all times, and the loftier
summer colour comes from the red, white or pink
flowers of the crepe myrtle trees in bloom.
|And the ground-level colour department is handled capably|
all through the hottest summer by white or mauve agapanthus.
|Discreetly half hidden from view, this bonsai house is like a|
very large matchstick model. It's all frame, no roof.
|It was hard to photograph any of the many|
bonsais here, due to the sharp black shadow
lines cast by the 'roof' frame, but both Pam
and I loved this 'forest' of half a dozen
bonsai trees in the one wide, shallow pot.
So, if you're from Sydney and are ever driving west, or coming from interstate, or travelling our fair land while visiting from overseas, see if you can work Cowra and its Japanese Gardens into your plans.
Here's a link to the gardens website: http://www.cowragarden.com.au