This is my second visit to Rosevale Homestead which is situated at 922 Mt Samson Road in Samsonvale Qld 4520. I was wondering how a garden survives the harsh drought conditions we are experiencing in Queensland.
Sometimes gardens are not just about soil and water but about the love and attention which is poured into them by the people who are lucky enough to have the time, energy, commitment and passion to do so. Leonie and Terry are one such couple who have been on this farm in Samsonvale for 15 or so years. Leonie says it was the two Moreton Bay figs, established magnificent trees, which made her want to move to this farm. Apart from some fully grown trees, there was nothing else so all that you see in the garden is her fine and loving work, ably assisted by husband Terry who is responsible for all the mowing.
In that time, and sparing no effort, she has created a garden which is a delight and a sanctuary. Her specialities are heritage and old fashioned roses, perennials and companion plants and bulbs. I took one whiff of the Lamarque rose and just loved it for the lemony delicate scent it had. The gardens are laid out in a carefree but carefully tended flower beds surrounding the homestead and Leonie is justly proud of the way they have come to embrace and brighten the homestead.
We came across Cleome, aka as spider flowers, in various colours of purple and pink. A creeping verbena of pink in one of the beds, small and delicate Orlaya plants which look like your grandmother's doilies gently bobbing in the breeze. Nearby are the astonishing velvet leaves of the dombeya with the most exquisite orange flowers, growing in lovely clusters protected under rich velvety foliage. They are also sometimes referred to as the tropical hydrangeas.
Pink and blue forget me nots, tuber roses with their intoxicating smell, climbing and shrub roses and the rather unusual Chinese lantern plant. There are nasturtiums which are like carpets of orange and yellow and flowering orchids which arise in a splash of colour from a rotting piece of wood. There is so much to admire, touch and smell.
Leonie is happy to show groups around and talk about the beautiful flowers and there are lots of them at different times of year. There are cuttings and small plants to purchase at good prices and lots of advice on where to grow them and how to grow them thrown in for free.
Its a peaceful and tranquil setting on the top of a small hillock, where you will be welcomed by some lovely dogs which belong to the homestead. They take great delight in soaking up the sunlight or racing through the paddocks. The young pup here jumped into the fountain to cool off.
The nursery is open on Saturdays, throughout the year.
For Group Bookings call Leonie on 07 3289 9250 to book a time for you to visit. The homestead is closed during the summer months of November to April for Group bookings, but the nursery remains open all year round. Give Leonie a call to confirm details.