This weekend GMan and I have had 3 days at home so finally managed to catch up on some much needed work in the garden. We have had a combination of plenty of rain plus some hot, sunny days over the past few weeks which has been a recipe for everything to grow crazily – especially the weeds.
Thankfully, the weather was not too hot and mostly fine this weekend. GMan ploughed through everything on the mower and now I can actually see the vegetable garden area again.
We also had a blitz in this area in front of the verandah. The hibiscus we planted last year are doing really well and I think we need about 3 more.
The weeds were going mad and there were piles of branches waiting to be mulched. The mulching has been done and weeds mostly pulled up and discarded in the compost heap up the back. The thickly mulched area in the background of the photo with cardboard/newspaper underneath has very little weed so we definitely need to get more mulch and finish the whole area.
This afternoon GMan planted the capsicum plants we bought last weekend and the 4 shrubs we bought at a new native plant nursery in Maleny.
The plant in the foreground was a Christmas gift and has more than doubled in size in the 6 weeks since we planted it. The one up closer to the road was also planted towards the end of last year. The new plants are barely visible in the photo but can be identified by the areas were the lawn has been dug up.
Although it is not clear in the photo, this is quite a steep embankment and difficult to mow. So, we have decided to cover the entire area with native shrubs and groundcovers. Nothing will be more than a couple of metres high and we hope to have it densely covered and eliminate the lawn in this area entirely. It may seem like a vain hope when you look at it now but here is a reminder of what can be achieved.
This planting is along the front boundary a provides privacy from the road. The whole area was just a wide expanse of lawn when we came here 10 years ago. It took about 4 – 5 years to get this level of screening.
We have many grand ideas for the garden and look forward to getting more done but in the meantime it is gratifying to see how much we have achieved. The chicken run, vegetable gardens and fencing in the first photo have all been established since we came here, the area in front of the verandah has been completely revamped and the native screening grown. Many other areas of the garden tell a similar story.
I hope you enjoy seeing some snippets of our garden.