New garden make-over – Stage 1

As I’ve mentioned in an earlier post Mr Iced Vovo and I have been working hard in our new garden clearing out unwanted hedges and large plants to make way for natives, fruit trees, a Japanese inspired feature garden and eventually some raised vegetable patches.

We have pretty much finished the front transformation. In the back we have planted an olive, quince, nashi pear and fuji apple down one side that we are making our edible section of the garden. Once they get beyond the twig stage I’ll upload some more pictures. We are waiting for the local nursery to get their supply of fig trees for us to make our selection to finish off the fruit trees we wanted to plant.

On the other side of the back garden we have planted a range of natives for cut flowers, some ground cover plants and some just for a little prettiness, and we transplanted my precious Wollemi Pine from its pot into the ground. (See An ancient plant with new hope)

Here are some pics of what we have planted so far: Out with the old very large corylines that blocked the entrance and in with a range of native Tasmanian plants and a Strelitzia for a splash of colour.


A Tasmanian Waratah
A Tasmanian Waratah

A new range of mini Leucadendrons should brighten up the front too
A new range of mini Leucadendrons should brighten up the front too

Xanthorrhoea Australis, this one will take a good while to grow!
Xanthorrhoea Australis, this one will take a good while to grow!

Colourful kangaroo paws make a nice feature
Colourful kangaroo paws make a nice feature

My beloved Wollemi in its new home
My beloved Wollemi in its new home

Pathway leading to back gate and the reserve beyond
Pathway leading to back gate and the reserve beyond


Strelitzia - Bird of Paradise - should make a lovely long cut flower when it grows
Strelitzia – Bird of Paradise – should make a lovely long cut flower when it grows

'Jelly Bean' Grevillia
‘Jelly Bean’ Grevillia

An olive tree will provide beauty and fruit!
An olive tree will provide beauty and fruit!

Natives will quickly take shape in the garden
Natives will quickly take shape in the garden

A tiered effect down the back steps
A tiered effect down the back steps

Another angle of a new planted patch
Another angle of a new planted patch
The succulent patch will be getting a facelift too - Out with the weed mat and in with a few new succulents!
The succulent patch will be getting a facelift too – Out with the weed mat and in with a few new succulents!
We miss having the vege patch we had at Rose Cottage as it was great for trying our hand at all sorts of veges and was enough to supplement us in food. We are hoping to build on this here and get to the stage where we are self sufficient in vegetables and fruit (well as much as we can – considering bananas, for instance, don’t tend to grow well in Tassie!). I’ll keep you posted!

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