What’s happening in my garden

Here is the current situation.

As you stand on the small lawn rise between the two rows of units –

(the satellite view from Google was taken in high summer, as you can tell from the colour of the lawn) – my unit is the first on the left of the second block at the bottom. This means that I have a side yard for pot-plants and Boodie as well as a wrap-around garden that goes from in front of the side yard to my front door. Then to the right of the front door is the garden that’ll be just for natives. Well, that is – all except for the little bit at the end that actually goes with Unit 7; where Orlando has been graced by us with weeding it so as to allow its daisies to spring up. Dice Orlando: “Voglio solo le … daisies” – which is what happens to one’s native tongue when living among speakers of other languages, alas !   :)

So. We are standing looking at the unit, yes ? From the right-hand side, on the near side of the fence enclosing the side yard, is to be found THE CEANOTHUS !

It IS there at the back;, but you can scarcely see it against all that mulch. There will also be dychondra as a ground-cover; and if  S and I can find another part of that strip without pavement underneath (!), we’ll add something else. Note: MACS was originally built without the units, and the ground layout was totally different.

Next is the garden along the front of the loungeroom window, that is the continuation of that shot above:

 

The three rose-bushes had already been planted by Denuta, in charge of the gardening volunteers, and very pretty they are ! S and I added the three bacopas (bacopæ ?) along the front and the one at the end, and they look really good. I hope they’ll struggle against the chip mulch and win out, so as to make ground-covers.

Then we step back a bit, moving up a few paces onto the lawn hill, and see

what I call ‘the front bit’. This is largely occupied by (ugh !) a mirror bush – AN INVASIVE SPECIES ! I hate it; but my problem is that the little birds love it. It gives them shelter, and they fly in an out of it with much twittering and wing-fluttering; and as I adore them, I can’t remove the bloody thing.

I have planted at the near end (to my unit, I mean) two red geraniums that S gave me and a little lavender bush that I hope will grow to about a metre. The red and the lilac-colour actually look OK !

Then we look to the left of the front door to see the big empty, which will be planted with natives only. I have 9 ready to go, and am feeling somewhat alarmed at the amount of work ahead of me.

And last, here is a shot looking out of the front door – which you can just see set back on the right, above – to give what will, I hope, a better idea of the front layout:

How happy I would be if I had the smallest idea of how to take photos that clarify situations ! Sighh …

Anyway, that’s as of today, Saturday. The next changes will be to the empty bed, of course; and as I said to ST in a comment, it’ll show as lots of soil with some little plants dotted about.   :\

7 thoughts on “What’s happening in my garden

  1. I love seeing your garden efforts! I think that half of the enjoyment I receive in gardening is the planning. I can spend a lot of time envisioning the results before I get going, and the time is fulfilling. I think that it’s important to have something pretty to see outside one’s windows, and you’re well on your way. I do understand how you feel about your “bird sanctuary!” We have a living fence in the backyard that is often not very pretty and I’d really love to start over. But the birds from the feeders dart into the same fence and hid whenever the hawks circle. I couldn’t leave them defenseless. I’ve had to accept that the birds think it’s beautiful even if I don’t! :-)

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    1. Tell me about it, beauteous one !
      I have now to buy about the same number again of native plants, as those already planted out are far from sufficient. So no pictures until the garden is … well, not exactly full … just – has enough plants. :)

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  2. Planted out – 1, Then it rained. Now have 8 left to plant, Sue. Depends on weather tomorrow: let’s check BOM … “Mostly cloudy” – excellent ! :D

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  3. I think I’ve got it!! M-R. But I’m sure it will all become much clearer and time takes care of filling out the plants and reducing the mulch. Even by the end of summer I reckon we’ll see a difference.

    Can’t wait to hear more about the natives.

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