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We invited Leura's Barry Jarrott, owner of a landscape business and gardner extraordinaire to write today's post and as one would expect, his thoughts turn to all that is beautiful (and blooming) in Leura in this season.
Mid June in Leura, the chill and damp juxtaposed with gorgeous bright frosty mornings. The last remnants of the perennial borders, cut back, mulched with leaf litter and put to rest for the winter. Autumn’s chores finally completed and a gardener’s mind turns to catalogues and with them, the promise of what could be in spring and summer.
While visitors to Leura huddle around the wood fires and the warm hospitality of Leura’s interiors, the gardener’s spirit will always draw one outdoors.
An expedition into the crisp winter air rewards us with the exquisite perfume of Daphne, Witchhazel, Woodbine, and Wintersweet. Camellias with sumptuous blooms catch our eye and upon a closer look, nodding Hellebore flowers – a multitude of subtle intricacies of form and colour. Clumps of snowdrops with their simple and almost pure form and bright yellow winter Aconites – all combine to delight the senses of the gardener during this contemplative season.
So slip into those gumboots, don a warm coat, wrap on a scarf, step outside and wander into the miracle of winter.
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Today, the mountains came alive (especially Katoomba) with Winter Magic and magical it was. So many people, so much fun -- kids and teenagers alike dressed for the occasion. The sun warmed us and the chill didn't come in until early afternoon when clouds began rolling in.
We made the mistake of driving today and we strongly recommend when planning for next year's Winter Magic that you consider the train -- much faster and much easier on the nerves. Stop & go traffic brings out the worst in our car!
We stopped by Leura for a very late lunch. Wayzgoose Cafe was packed to the rafters as was Bon Ton Cafe and Silk's Brasserie. Every table at Silk's was filled. The Post Office Cafe lit their wood burning fireplace, so it felt quite festive and cheery. Each had a great soup on the menu. Coming in out of the Katoomba cold, something hot and steamy was high on our wishlist.
Of course afterwards, we just had to do a little window shopping. After all, Leura is the shopping mecca of the Blue Mountains, but we'll save that for later. . . a post for just the gals.