Ponds | Landscaped Gardens | Hot·Tub
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Park Like Surroundings
The house is approached via a long curved drive with mature planting along all boundaries. There is a wide range of native evergreens and deciduous exotic trees under-planted with thriving rhododendrons in the Japanese Garden - which features a pagoda, a bridge and a landscaped stream-bed which is fed by a spring in wet weather. The woodland theme continues with extensive drifts of white-flowering renga rengas and self-seeding blue forget-me-nots in spring. Deep in leaf-mulch these gardens are very easy-care. Wood-pigeons, tuis, bell-birds and fantails abound. See images slideshow above.
The drive opens out through two-metre high river-stone pillars to an expansive view of the ponds and lawns on the northern side of the house - a ride-on mower makes easy work of these; and to a fully-fenced horse paddock on the southern side. The current owners have two sheep in here which keep the grass low and produce two sets of twin lambs each year. A stand of blue-gums amidst recently re-landscaped and replanted natives enhances the backdrop to this paddock and Japanese maples provide brilliant colour during both Spring and Autumn. A set of raised and covered vegetable and herb garden beds provide seasonal produce.
The main attraction is however the pond complex. The natural-looking man-made ponds are linked by a picturesque waterfall bounded by large boulders. During spring and summer the native grasses planted here are offset by enthusiastically flowering white ‘snow in summer’ ground cover. Several weeping willows - yet to reach maturity overhang the water with stunning effect. The back-drop to the ponds is a sturdy three-metre high structure - spectacularly draped with a pair of weeping blue cedars. Fences are mostly lichen-covered board with equally appealing lichen-covered farm gates providing both effective landscaping style and through access as necessary.
Outdoor Hot Tub
The hot-tub is adjacent to the house and linked to it by a long pergola. The plantings which cloister the hot-tub include pittosporum, pseudo-panax and pohutukawa. The hot-tub is raised providing magnificent views down through the bush-clad river gorge during the day. Several mature black beech trees are night-lit creating a magical and relaxing environment in the evening. The hot-tub also overlooks the bank sloping down to the river which is being progressively planted in mini toi toi, coniferous ground-covers, small flaxes and some tree ferns. Self-sown clusters of smaller black beech trees and some manuka are also thriving all along this bank as it meanders down to the river. These restful, park-like gardens have been successfully landscaped as mainly ‘green’ featuring some red from the flowering pohutukawas and a little gold from the kowhai trees here and there.