Or, sometimes just go with the flow
I thought I would share with you where I am at with my current gardening project(s) and the enjoyment from them as a result!
At the start of the pandemic, there was advice out there that because most of us were going to spend more time at home, it was the perfect opportunity to get underway all those long “forgotten” projects around the home. Then a few weeks later, I read a number of posts and articles that suggested it would be better to take the time to adjust and breathe during the pandemic instead. In other words, worry about those long delayed home projects some other time. I breathed a sigh of relief – there were other people out there thinking the same as me.
Along the way, through other bloggers (Janis and Kally), I discovered Markus and Micah’s blog and then Patty’s blog. They got me to seriously start thinking about the home garden I have neglected for so many years. After six months – I suddenly said to myself the time is right. It is now spring here in Australia, and so I have commenced the resurrection of the front yard, the patio and the back yard – And all without a plan 😱
The Patio – The Rest Stop
Now that I have cleared the patio, as I mentioned to a couple of bloggers out there this week, I am starting to enjoy my work breaks more at home as I get to sip a cup of tea out in the garden. Not only that, I am spending at least an hour first up every morning, pottering around the garden.
The statue of the maiden at the eastern end of the patio peeking through the plumbago with the Bridal Fern behind. This used to be a plumbago grotto with the maiden inside it.
As we move along the fence side of the patio – the magnificent Dragon Tree embraced by a couple of palm trees.
The Foxtail Agave (A Gumiho perhaps 🤣)
This a Dwarf Umbrella Tree. The normal variety is invasive and enjoys lifting concrete.
An Irish Rose! It has quite a number of different names.
The bird bath. We have a family of crows that like to use it, which doesn’t impress the other birds. The crows tend to empty it out or soak bread in it (I have no idea where the bread comes from).
Blue Potato Bush – or Paraguayan Nightshade. This is my all time favourite plant. It is quite stunning when covered in blooms.
The western end of the patio, with the plastic table and chairs exposed to the elements. We have two other glass tables on the eastern end. So, we have like a mini outdoor cafe experience happening.
Morning Glory. It can be a real nuisance and strangle all vegetation. I have managed to keep it under control through neglect 😂
Bougainvillea creeping through. It’s a thorny devil, but handy on the back fence.
A magnificent ponytail. It quite likes this position.
Nemesias, Snapdragons and Lobelias waiting to be planted out!
The tale of the Willy Wagtail
Say hello to one of our Willy Wagtails. He is a tiny bird, but an amazing creature. We have a pair on our property. They are extremely territorial. I have seen Wagtails take on hawks and eagles. In the country areas you will always see them picking flies of a sheep’s back.
When I was younger, they were disappearing due to the overuse of insecticides such as fly spray. However, they have made a good resurgence due to less use of fly spray and more environmentally friendly formulas. You can see them far and wide now.
Yesterday, this particular fellow came right in and landed next to my feet. Normally, he would tell me off. He often chases the crows. However, he was very quite and not even wagging his tail. He was very interested in what I was doing, pruning in under the trees to reveal a long lost cubby house 🏡
The Back Yard
The backyard has a basic framework of trees and shrubs. I have commenced shaping these up. There is also a lawn to be rejuvenated.
One of our plumbagos coming into flower. I think they are fantastic, but they are quite dangerous to a cat if they ingest the flowers as the blooms get stuck in their stomachs.
The Red Hibiscus in the back yard. We have the pink variety in the front yard as well as a native hibiscus 🌺
A bottlebrush that is next to the red hibiscus. A week ago, the blooms were a magnificent bright red. It’s an Australian native and always puts on a stunning show.
Australian Cheesewood and Plumbago. There used to be a Jasmine here too. So, I will replace it.
Other birds that visit our garden are Rosellas (they are not native to the west), Pink and Gray Galahs, White Corellas, Butcher Birds, doves and a native honey eater.
The Front Enterance
Since the pandemic, we have not used the front entrance. It has been a lot easier to control all the comings and goings through a side entrance.
Petunias, solar powered moo cows and lanterns on the front step. The cows eyes can be quite eerie at night.
Petunias on the other side of the front step.
Impatients waiting to be potted up. I’m getting there 😎
The patio is nearing completion, though there is still a bit of potting up to do: both succulents and potted colour. Then it’s build the pizza oven and set up the worm farm.
With the back yard the old clothes line needs to come out, some lattice work is required to be put in place and defined garden beds established.
The front yard needs mulching, along with the installation of a new garden bed. I might even put in a new letterbox.
Then there are the Christmas lights and other displays…