Up the hill

Artemisia and I took the hill ride on our way to a fringe cut. The slow ascent offered views of gardens with lavish thick hedges. Many of the gardens use plants to create privacy and fencing and the overall effect is verdant. Daylesford is positively beautiful because of the gardens it boasts. If you stripped it of its green cloak, its mix of mature evergreen and deciduous trees and its thick tall cypress hedges, what nudity you would have.

I only wish that the main street had large shade trees too.

Up the hill we filled our lungs with garden air.

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Riding with Artemisia on our marvelous Yuba bike. I sold my trailer a year ago and feel more mobile on this bike. Artemisia is old enough to mount the back without me having to lift her.

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Artemisia.

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Our first stop is pink…

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…and soft grey.

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Our second stop is green, light and dark and at the forefront berries in flower. We will be sure to ride past again in the near future to see if we can harvest.

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We will be back to visit you when you fruit!

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A close up of this brilliant building with its green facade.

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A quite spot to read and dream.

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Artemisia collects leaves and small lawn flowers along the way.

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Someone here loves trees…

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Hedge of gold and green…

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Hedge of green…

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If it’s a shrub then it most likely can be hedged. Any plant that produces prolific lateral stems and does not mind being pruned back hard.

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An edible paradise, with large established nut and fruit trees on the periphery.

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A bright lustrous hedge.

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A diminutive entrance.

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Is this not beautiful!

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Sculptured green.

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Along the drive-way and against a charcoal fence Asteraceae.

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Green cloud entrance.

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With black chalk fence.

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And on our last stop a treat! Red currant. Sour and perfect.

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