jenny attwills place oct 2014 Hey! Welcome back to The Guest Nest the very first one for 2015. Today’s Guest Nest is all about a garden. A gorgeously pretty garden nestled just outside of a sweet little country town on the far south coast. This garden is owned and loved and made by the lovely Jenny and her husband, Mick. I happened to have the good fortune of meeting Jenny several years ago when she first opened the doors to her home wares shop in town. Being a little bit of a home wares addict, I found myself stopping into Jenny’s shop quite regularly over the years. As time went on we got to know each other a little better and I realised that I had a kindred spirit in Jenny – another lover of old stuff and the colour green and also a passionate gardener.   jenny attwills place oct 2014 (6)   How excited was I when the day finally arrived for me to be able to visit Jenny at her lovely home and meander through her garden? Very. Just saying. By my side was another excited gal, my lovely friend, Tammy. We oohed and ahhed in unison for most of our time with Jenny and continually picked one another’s jaws off the ground as we spotted another and then another and then another gorgeous corner of prettiness.   jenny attwills place oct 2014 (8)   Jenny’s garden adventure began about 20 years ago when her and Mick and their two little girls {their big boy was all grown up by then} bought a section of the old Collins dairy farm, including their gorgeous old 1926 farm house. The house needed a lot of work so they, along with two dogs and a cat  moved into a caravan while the renovations took place  and the establishing the garden began. There’s lots to say about the old farm house {let’s just say it’s a delight and my sticky beaking feelers were out and flittering about while I was visiting} but I’m going to save that little treat for another time slot. Sorry, but it’s all about the gorgy garden today:)   jenny attwills place oct 2014 (26)   The first thing about Jenny’s garden, that got my heart beat racing,was this ….   jenny attwills place oct 2014 (94)   Ummmm….how cute is this old stable? I have a thing for old buildings, especially stables and dairies and sheds. So while parking the car when I first arrived, outside this gorgeous little building, my head swam with thoughts about how lovely this day was going to be. And it was indeed a lovely, lovely day.     jenny attwills place oct 2014 (96) jenny attwills place oct 2014 (98)  After a cup of tea and cake and a good old natter the three of us wandered around Jenny’s garden in absolute awe of the hard work and creativity of this clever woman. Jenny’s garden is a tapestry of colour and style and shape. So much time and planning and sweat and tears has gone into making the garden an absolute work of art. These photos honestly do not do this garden justice, it’s one of those places you really have to be in to experience the full beauty of it all.  jenny attwills place oct 2014 (12)jenny attwills place oct 2014 (16) jenny attwills place oct 2014 (17)  Most of the established trees in Jenny’s garden are around 17 years old. There are two mop top robinias which are now fully fledged shade trees after 17 years of them not being clipped  back into shape. I couldn’t believe the size of them.   How gorgeous is this poppy? jenny attwills place oct 2014 (46)   Jenny bought a single plant several years ago now at a rare plants nursery for the steep price of $50. Yep, a very exy plant but it has brought her so much joy each and every Spring as the fragile, ballerina pink petals unfurl into the beauty that this flower is. Jenny, the lovely giver that she is, shared some seed heads with Tammy and I. We will both treasure these seeds forever. Won’t we, Tam? Hey, did I give you yours? lol   jenny attwills place oct 2014 (1)jenny attwills place oct 2014 (42) jenny attwills place oct 2014 (41) jenny attwills place oct 2014 (175) jenny attwills place oct 2014 (197)jenny attwills place oct 2014 (177)   Are you getting my drift? How gorgy is this garden? WP_20141112_12_52_29_Pro   Since visiting Jenny’s garden I’ve become fixated on Smoke Bushes. How gorgeous are they? Have a look …. WP_20141112_12_33_14_ProWP_20141112_12_32_38_Pro__highres   Gorgeous huh? jenny attwills place oct 2014 (208) jenny attwills place oct 2014 (68) jenny attwills place oct 2014 (137)InstagramCapture_23ad5bad-c9c4-483d-826a-e4c80edd1fbe   I was dying to see what the property looked like before Jenny began her garden journey. Here are some before and afters……

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  Woah! How amazing is that change? The garden is now thick with roses and beautiful exotic trees and smoke bush and shrubs of all kinds.      WP_20141112_14_02_16_Pro__highresWP_20141112_14_03_14_Pro__highresjenny attwills place oct 2014 (48)   The back area of Jenny’s house has undergone a major transformation as well. A beautifully paved seating area and poles with swags of roses surrounding it has been added and is a favourite place on summer afternoons to sit and sip wine and enjoy a BBQ with friends.   WP_20141112_14_02_34_Pro__highresjenny attwills place oct 2014 (112)jenny attwills place oct 2014 (108)jenny attwills place oct 2014 (105)WP_20141112_13_22_55_ProWP_20141112_13_23_02_Pro__highresjenny attwills place oct 2014 (88)jenny attwills place oct 2014 (91)     The veggie garden is more Mick’s domain. He’s built some wonderful rustic, metal structures for climbing veggies and he keeps Jenny’s kitchen in full supply of greens and veggies all year round. jenny attwills place oct 2014 (115) jenny attwills place oct 2014 (123) jenny attwills place oct 2014 (126) jenny attwills place oct 2014 (145)  gorgeous gleditzias   And to top of a perfect day Jenny served us up this delicious lunch with a glass of cold white wine.What a way to end a lovely garden meander.   jenny attwills place oct 2014 (278)   Thank you so much, Jenny for your beautiful hospitality and your amazing garden. It’s a truly majestic garden and I can’t wait to be invited back for an autumny meander…hint hint…   Well, I hope you enjoyed Jenny’s gorgeous garden. That was the first Guest Nest of 2015. I’m looking forward to showing you the next one…think abandoned beauty.  Enjoy the rest of you weekend.   Kim x