21 May Mannerim Stables Co – Marcus Hill – Bellarine Peninsula
Mannerim Stables – 542-580 Swan Bay Road, Marcus Hill – Bellarine Peninsula
I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. I must have flowers, always and always. ― Claude Monet
There are always flowers for those who want to see them. ― Henri Matisse
After women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world. ― Christian Dior
Sometimes it pays to simply ‘get lost’. After happening upon Mannerim Stables flower farm in Marcus Hill on the Bellarine Peninsula, I’m now certain that the road less travelled leads to the most astoundingly unexpected, and in this instance, ‘just another touch of paradise’ that is Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula.
The iron gates that welcome guests to this fairytale property somehow send a subliminal message that something wonderful is about to unfold. And when you arrive at the Stables, the truth of this message is evident.
The Stables reception building is intriguing; reminiscent of a rustic Danish farmhouse. At first sight, a scene from The Legacy‘s Grønnegaard came to mind. But there’s also a French provincial feel about everything here. It’s all so beautiful.
The imposing Mannerim Stables building has been constructed using recycled material, and all environmentally sustainable. The Stables reception and horse sales viewing area opens onto beautifully maintained lawns, and a lake worthy of a French Impressionist’s palette.
In conjunction with equine sales, the Stables doubles as a farmgate store. At autumn bulb-buying time Mannerim Stables is bursting with crates and baskets of seeds and bulbs – some rare varieties in the mix here – for sale to the general public. Bulb shopping among the quaint gardening paraphernalia, pretty curiosities and Vogue Living-esque country manor decor is a real treat.
Mannerim Stables Co is a family affair. Murray and Berniece Pullin, together with their beautiful daughter, Brooklyn, run the (flower) show here. But there’s a horsey thing going on, too. Mannerim Stables also breed quarter horses.
Mannerim Stables nursery wholesale to the big-city markets, and supply nurseries and mail order companies all over Australia.
It boggles the mind to think that come September, four million freesias, ranunculus and daffodils will be in bloom, and for the picking. Public picking times are dependent on Mother Nature, but will be announced as the Mannerim gardens begin to bloom. So keep an eye on Mannerim’s social media calendar and have your basket in wait for the big announcement. Thirty eight acres of the 80-acre property is dedicated to flower-growing. Come September, picture 38 acres of floral magnificence dancing in the Bellarine sea breeze. More than enough for everyone – just maybe.
At time of writing – a week post Mother’s Day – Berniece informed me that bulbs should already be snuggly bedded down in their pots or garden beds. Easy to remember now. A bit like ‘potting petunias time’ – Melbourne Cup Spring Carnival week. You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone as knowledgeable about bulbs, planting and all things floral than Berniece and Brooklyn.
Take a stroll about the dam; say hello to the dear little chooks by the entryway; you may see some horses, depending on breeding program times.
A quaint little farmgate local produce cart is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm; it runs on an honesty pledge. All produce is seasonal and chemical-free. Murray and Berniece have also planted an orchard of Old English and French cider apples, so here’s hoping some may appear for the buying.
My Surf Coast Life and tribe of flower children have circled our September calendars with thick ink coronets of ranunculus, and have cameras charged for what will be, unquestionably, an unforgettable blooming spectacle!
Stables Open daily 10am–4pm.
Pick Your Own Flowers closed until September-spring blooming.
To extend this wonderland rural experience, come picking time, visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic.
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My Surf Coast Life & Co thinking lunch at Basil’s Farm post picking? It’s all too beautiful. And Wordsworth to close too hard to pass up…
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze…
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed –and gazed – but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils. ― William Wordsworth