Pete’s Patch in Hobart’s Botanical Gardens

Saturday afternoon in Hobart was cool and sunny so I took the opportunity to go up to the Botanical gardens to check out how Peter Cundall organised his raspberries and brambleberries as my raspberries need cutting back and I wondered about reorganising the canes Cundall style.

Peter Cundall's berries waiting for warmer days

Peter Cundall's berries waiting for warmer days

What he has done is to build a “ three wires between two posts”frame and has tied the bramble berries such as loganberries in loose bunches on one side of the wire. The raspberries are organised into three bunches along one frame. It obviously works well but needs someone capable of building things and therein lies the difficulty. My raspberries will remain disorganised for another year.

Pete’s Patch, as it is still called, is such a lovely vegetable and fruit garden and boasted a few huge pumpkins on display. These pumpkins are a special variety developed for size and weigh competitions and whilst they are edible, they are tasteless and stringy so just a novelty really.

Giant pumpkins grown in Pete's Patch

Giant pumpkins grown in Pete's Patch

I also wanted to visit the gardens to get a photo of a stone seat I have always liked. I am hoping to incorporate this idea into the water feature I am having built later in the year. I have two stone slabs ready and as a retaining wall will have to be constructed at the bottom of the water feature so that the fall is not too great, it is a good opportunity to have this seat idea at the ready.

The wonderful stone seat

The wonderful stone seat

Hobart’s Botanical Gardens are really very beautiful as they overlook the Derwent and are adjacent to Government House and provide magnificent vistas in all directions. The pond is a favourite space.

A tranquil spot: the beautiful pond at the Botanical Gardens

A tranquil spot: the beautiful pond at the Botanical Gardens

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