Around the Garden

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There’s been a bit of activity in the garden since my last garden post.

We’ve put fresh rocks down at the front entrance of the house which has tidied up that area nicely and put in a couple of new plants to to keep in with the purple toned plants we already have. The Eremophila glabra x veneta ‘Augusta Storm’ and the Eremophilia macdonnellii (no common name on the tag) are, hopefully, going to make a great new addition to the garden:
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Tulboghia Violacea 'Wild Garlic'
Tulboghia Violacea ‘Wild Garlic’

'Augusta Storm'
Eremophila Macdonnellii

Augusta Storm
Augusta Storm

We’ve also put in a new cyclamen and fern at the entrance to the house:
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We’ve ripped up some more of the weed matting along the fence-line and pulled out all the Dahlia’s and separated out the bulbs that had been stifled and tangled under the weed mat and replanted the bulbs back in to hopefully get bright new plants next Spring:

Taking up the weed mat
Taking up the weed mat

Separating the bulbs and moving some of the rocks
Separating the bulbs and moving some of the rocks

Trimming, washing and preparing the best bulbs for replanting
Trimming, washing and preparing the best bulbs for replanting

New soil to cover the refreshed bulbs
New soil to cover the refreshed bulbs

The job done!
The job done!

And we got a nice feature piece for the front section – the fourth from the same Tasmanian artist (see Sculptural beauty in the Garden) :

A new sculpture finishes off the front garden
A new sculpture finishes off the front garden

I love the sandstone base
I love the sandstone base

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The last of the raised garden beds are in and we have planted them up with our winter crops of spring onions, beetroot, radish, wasabi greens and lettuce, however, there is still one small round tub left to plant out but we are still pondering what to try…:

There's nothing better than growing your own food
There’s nothing better than growing your own food

One small round tub to be filled...any suggestions???
One small round tub to be filled…any suggestions???

Our 'edible' garden
Our ‘edible’ garden

Potato beds prepared and ready for planting
Potato beds prepared and ready for planting

We transplanted the asparagus that a certain four-legged friend had taking a liking to chew on into a smaller round tub:

Mr Iced Vovo and helper (Poppy) moving the asparagus to a new tub
Mr Iced Vovo and helper (Poppy) moving the asparagus to a new tub

Asparagus - a little less unhindered...
Asparagus – a little less unhindered…

Along with some fresh new rhubarb plants:

Rhubarb
Rhubarb

And a female Tasmanian Mountain-pepper will hopefully now pollinate with our other bush and we’ll finally get some berries to use:

Let's hope they pollinate well...otherwise I've got two female plants...
Let’s hope they pollinate well…otherwise I’ve got two female plants…

A new camellia called Tinsie is the final plant addition to the Japanese garden area and I can’t wait to see her in bloom as it is described as having “small anemone flowers with a white centre surrounded by deep red petals”:

Camellia 'Tinsie'
Camellia ‘Tinsie’

Long-shot of our Japanese inspired garden
Long-shot of our Japanese inspired garden

To complete the Japanese garden we have added an interesting elliptical sculpture and a gorgeous handcrafted sandstone bowl from a local guy that has the most divine colouring and texture, and filled with water will no doubt bring in the birds:

Our Japanese-inspired garden
Our Japanese-inspired garden

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Our new sandstone basin that we've put on a bush rock we found in the hills at the back of Lachlan
Our new sandstone basin that we’ve put on a bush rock we found in the hills at the back of Lachlan

Beautiful colour markings in this piece of stone that really changes with the water and the light
Beautiful colour markings in this piece of stone that really changes with the water and the light

If it was big enough I'd get into it!
If it was big enough I’d get into it!

A small Azalea 'Dancer' in the background
A small Azalea ‘Dancer’ in the background

This sculpture takes on a different look from all angles
This sculpture takes on a different look from all angles

Another point of interest
Another point of interest

Lysimachia congestiflora 'Midnight Sun' has replaced some moss-like plants that were infiltrated with weeds and dying off
Lysimachia congestiflora ‘Midnight Sun’ has replaced some moss-like plants that were infiltrated with weeds and dying off

Here's little 'Dancer' starting to bloom
Here’s little ‘Dancer’ starting to bloom

There’s been a few new additions of natives and ground cover plants around the garden too, both front and back, again finishing off those areas too. To follow are a few garden overview shots and some feature pictures too:

Front 1
Front 1

Front 2
Front 2

Front 3
Front 3

Front - side
Front – side

A stunning Kangaroo paw in bloom
A stunning Kangaroo paw in bloom

Banksia 'Red wine' - these plants flew out of the nurseries last year but we nabbed one as soon as we saw it the other day
Banksia ‘Red wine’ – these plants flew out of the nurseries last year but we nabbed one as soon as we saw it the other day

Back of house
Back of house

We are lucky to have such a view out the back
We are lucky to have such a view out the back

Mint, succulents and a few 'friends' on our back deck
Mint, succulents and a few ‘friends’ on our back deck

One of the succulents is now getting its Autumn/Winter bloom!
One of the succulents is now getting its Autumn/Winter bloom!

In-built planter beds filled with Kangaroo paws and black mondo grass - down the back deck steps
In-built planter beds filled with Kangaroo paws and black mondo grass – down the back deck steps

Our predominantly native back side garden
Our predominantly native back side garden

Another shot of our back side garden
More of the back garden

Our Solanum Rantonnetii 'Royal robe' is being trained along new wire and is starting to bloom
Our Solanum Rantonnetii ‘Royal robe’ is being trained along new wire and is starting to bloom

A new miniature Banksia 'Honeypot' takes centre position along the back of house bed
A new miniature Banksia ‘Honeypot’ takes centre position along the back of house bed

This fuchsia is pretty in flower
This fuchsia is pretty in flower

Plants taking shape
Plants taking shape

This white protea is going to be striking...
This white protea is going to be striking…

Grow you good thing, grow!
Grow you good thing, grow!

Here it is another week on...and the flower is getting bolder
Here it is another week on…and the flower is getting bolder

The pink protea has many blooms in show
The pink protea has many blooms in show

A succulent feature
A succulent feature

And, we’ve had a little helper put her four paws worth in along the way:

Poppy loves to play with the empty pots - when she's not distracted by her tasty bone!
Poppy loves to play with the empty pots – when she’s not distracted by her tasty bone!

I need to find a bit of shade and rest for a minute...
I need to find a bit of shade and rest for a minute…

I'm really not sure about this jacket! (We thought she looked very Sherlock Holmes-ish!)
Poppy looking like she’s not sure about this jacket! (We thought she looked very Sherlock Holmes-ish!)

It’s taken the three years since moving in to get the garden to how we want but it’s certainly been a lot of fun – as well as hard work. Come Spring we have two decks to sand-back and repaint but other than that it’s just general maintenance, rotating crops and replanting any garden ‘deaths’…Do stay tuned – as I’m sure to post as our plants mature, bloom and in other-ways surprise us!

Don’t forget if you have suggestions for veges we can plant in that round raised bed then send me a message…

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