How does your garden grow?

For those of you that don’t know, I’m a bit of an instant gratification girl. Therefore this business of colour and design really suits me as within a relatively short time I can suggest and implement a change and hey presto, it’s done! However, I do get alot of satisfaction from watching a garden take shape and that is never instant.

Behind this wall is our secret garden and over the past seven years it has been transformed. This photo was taken from Google Maps Street View.

We bought this house back in late 2002 and this is what the front garden looked like.

The centre of the garden had a huge Liquid Amber Tree in it and naturally nothing would grow underneath. Just before the house went on the market, I would say, a load of chip bark was spread underneath the tree. There was no path from the driveway or the front gate leading to the front door.

So after about six months, we mapped out a path using the garden hose and started digging. The base of the house, like most 80+ year old houses in this part of Sydney, has sandstone footings so it was decided we would use sandstone pavers for the path.

We then had some defined garden beds and planted underneath the tree with agapanthus and four strelitzias. The garden already has about 30 mature camelias and many clivia plants dotted around. We employed a landscape gardener to draw up some plans for the rest of the area and recommend some plants.

The garden seat we had made whilst we were living in the Solomon Islands, was given a paved spot against the front fence where we could take tea (yeah right!) and watch the garden grow.

The same principles for decorating on the inside apply in the garden and we changed textures for the winding narrow path off to the right, using loose pebbles. We had an electrician install some garden lights, one of which was a sunken spot light that would light up the foliage of the Liquid Amber at night.

A couple of years ago, we had the most bizarre storm on a Sunday afternoon which left our suburb looking as if we’d had snow. Something that NEVER happens in sub-tropical Sydney. It probably set the plant growth back a bit.

About a year later, we had another set back. One morning after a wild storm, we found half of the Liquid Amber lying across the plants. An aborist informed us that “these trees do that”. We figured we were lucky it had fallen between the house and the fence not damaging a thing except the struggling plants underneath. Council approved and we removed the tree.

This Christmas the agapanthus were out in mass and the garden certainly looked a picture.

The garden seat is well and truly protected now and I can usually find my daughter sitting there when I can’t find her anywhere else.

This was the scene from my dining room window. Isn’t it pretty?

Some things are worth waiting for…like this my 100th post!

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  1. Congrats on your 100th post!! This garden is breathtaking! Reminds me of something out of a storybook. I don’t think I’d have a worry in the world strolling through it!

  2. Beautiful! We use a lot of the same plantings here in So California that you do in your part of Australia. I love agapanthus and plan to add more to my garden this spring. And liquidambar trees are all over our neighborhood… wearing their fall colors right now.
    Thanks for the tour. And congrats on your 100th post!

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