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Country Style - - GARDEN -

Ac­com­plished gardeners Howard and Anne Charles; sweep­ing lawns with ma­ture elms frame the views of the Monaro land­scape; a cir­cu­lar bed planted with yel­low and white roses, and cream-coloured Cal­i­for­nia pop­pies, with a border of soft lambs’ ears; stone steps lead down to the ten­nis court, a work in progress that the Charles fam­ily re­fer to as ‘Howard’s Folly’; de­cid­u­ous trees, in­clud­ing sil­ver birches and elms, pro­vide sum­mer shade and al­low win­ter sun­light to fall on the gar­den beds below; a white pe­ony in bloom. FAC­ING PAGE A wind­break of Lom­bardy po­plars al­lows peren­ni­als and a hedge of pink ‘Bon­ica’ roses to flour­ish.

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