Garden History at “The Shambles”

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The 1935 sale illustrates the range of buildings and the scale of citrus and pineapple planting undertaken.
No photograph exist oif the farm house at "The Shambles" but early 20th century photographs of nearby properties illustrate the practice of planting every available space with productive crops
No photograph exist oif the farm house at “The Shambles” but early 20th century photographs of nearby properties illustrate the practice of planting every available space with productive crops
“A Garden Forever, Dreams, Stories, Heritage and History”   Kyleigh and Dr. Michael Simpson, 2014  ISBN 978-0-987-1375-4-8 Our latest book entitled “A Garden Forever, Dreams, Stories, Heritage and History” explores the origins of a domestic garden and how to write its history from pre-European times, through days of farming and early settlement up to the present day of ornamental gardening. We believe that this colourful book will be of vital interest to gardeners, but also genealogists and those with an interest in local, social and garden history. We hope it will serve as a template for writing domestic garden history. The history of a garden has as much to do with people as it does the physical garden so we have included stories and impressions written by family & friends and recorded timelines and the many events which have attracted thousands of garden visitors. This is a picture book filled with colourful photographs, maps and drawings embedding the sense of permanence which comes from realising that our garden will outlive us through its written history as well as its physical survival.  Finally this book celebrates the curatorial task of identifying, recording and referencing the thousands of plants in hundreds of genus, species and cultivars in a plant collection which has grown over 22 years. Rather than a dry scientific list the garden inventory has been attempted in a way which makes it more readable and accessible to the home gardener.  This self-published book has been printed in Brisbane when most books are being printed in China.  The book will retail for $55.00 and a complimentary copy of “Over the Fence and Over Looked” a colourful hardcover book (2009) &Dvd “A garden in the Rain” will be included in your order while stocks last. Available from the author’s shambles@southernphone.com.au
“A Garden Forever, Dreams, Stories, Heritage and History”
Kyleigh and Dr. Michael Simpson, 2014 ISBN 978-0-987-1375-4-8
Our latest book entitled “A Garden Forever, Dreams, Stories, Heritage and History” explores the origins of a domestic garden and how to write its history from pre-European times, through days of farming and early settlement up to the present day of ornamental gardening. We believe that this colourful book will be of vital interest to gardeners, but also genealogists and those with an interest in local, social and garden history. We hope it will serve as a template for writing domestic garden history.
The history of a garden has as much to do with people as it does the physical garden so we have included stories and impressions written by family & friends and recorded timelines and the many events which have attracted thousands of garden visitors. This is a picture book filled with colourful photographs, maps and drawings embedding the sense of permanence which comes from realising that our garden will outlive us through its written history as well as its physical survival.
Finally this book celebrates the curatorial task of identifying, recording and referencing the thousands of plants in hundreds of genus, species and cultivars in a plant collection which has grown over 22 years. Rather than a dry scientific list the garden inventory has been attempted in a way which makes it more readable and accessible to the home gardener.
This self-published book has been printed in Brisbane when most books are being printed in China. The book will retail for $55.00 and a complimentary copy of “Over the Fence and Over Looked” a colourful hardcover book (2009) &Dvd “A garden in the Rain” will be included in your order while stocks last. Available from the author’s shambles@southernphone.com.au

Maintaining an old fashioned and Heritage Roses Collection

Maturing old fashioned type rose shrubs and climbers contribute much to the variety and complexity of our garden around our century old farmhouse. We have a small collection of old fashioned and heritage roses registered with the Garden Plant Conservation Association of Australia and our inventory is maintained on our website https://montvillegarden.com

Much has been written in the HRIA journal about the practical aspects of feeding, pruning and protecting roses from pests and diseases. We don’t intend to contribute any further to that topic except to mention two observations. In our elevated subtropical Queensland garden, on acidic basaltic soil, our successful roses are almost entirely grown from cutting. Secondly trial and error has demonstrated that some rose cultivars are easy to propagate from cutting and grow readily. Others have failed after trial and retrial. For example, roses we find easy to propagate and enjoy include Tea roses ‘Comtesse de Labarthe’, ‘1902 Peace’ and ‘G Nabonnand’. We also have no trouble with a repeat flowering multiflora hybrid ROR ‘Ally’s Rose’, a polyantha rose ‘The Allies’ and the climber ‘Souvenir de Mme Leonie Viennot’. These then form great building blocks for landscaping with rows and accents. We can’t manage to get any more than a year or two from grafted roses such those by David Austin or Delbard, except the ‘Maurice Utrillo’ which is great. We are retrialling ‘Graham Thomas’ from cutting so far so good.

In spite of best efforts we will occasionally lose a precious specimen to borers, weather or poor siting. So apart from essential horticulture our maintenance plan includes the following:

  1. Maintain a rose Inventory, and attempt to keep it up to date. We record losses. https://montvillegarden.com/?page_id=2

2. Maintain plant labelling in the garden as best as we can.Taking cuttings from our roses and growing on potential replacements. Preparing for the worst whilst expecting the best.

  1. Make the effort to source a cuttings grown replacement for any lost roses in our inventory, from a fellow rose gardener. We recently replaced Tea rose ‘Isabella Sprunt’ and ‘Gloire des Rosomanes’ with cuttings grown specimens from Leonie Kearney along with boosting our stock of ‘Rosette Delizy’.
  2. We try to expand our collection of happy successful roses recently adding ‘Camnethan House Cherry Red Tea Rose’. At the same time we may let some roses go without intending to persist with them e.g. ‘Mrs Reynolds Hole’ and our poor little specimens of ‘Reine des Violettes’
  3. Opportunistically trial the propagation both known and unknown roses from the ‘roadside’ or from the gardens of friends and neighbours.

In terms of a broader approach to maintaining our own old fashioned or Heritage rose collection we have tried to demonstrate the value of these plants to all of our visitors and to the wider community.  We maintain a garden at the local Uniting Church which fronts a busy tourist street. ‘Comtesse de Labarthe’, ‘Spray Cecile Brunner’, ‘G Nabonnand’, ‘Souvenir de Mme Leonie Viennot’  and ‘Beauty of Glenhurst’ et al decorate the site along with Rosemary, Lavender, Salvia, Spiraea, Centrodenia, Plumbago, and much more including mature Camellias. Visitors to our many Open Gardens and from Bus trip groups over the last 16 years have taken way potted cuttings grown roses.  The more that these old roses are known and appreciated the safer our own collection will be in the future.

We observe it’s the individual rose specimens which demonstrate which will become a ‘century rose’ and which need to be supported. The key message is to keep an accurate and up to date inventory of the complete garden not just the catalogue of roses.

Kyleigh ad Dr Michael Simpson                        27/8/2017

‘The Shambles’

85 Western Avenue, Montville Q 4560

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