After a short break from posting, I’m back! I was not idle during the last few weeks! I took the opportunity to finalise the setting up of a photo Blog, learning by trial and error how to customise the theme and how to link it to my Hairbellsandmaples blog. I have included a link to the new blog Migglesphotomix in the menu if you would like to view it.
What’s been happening in the garden, you might ask? Lots of maintenance has been going on there too, and for this week’s Six on Saturday, kindly hosted for us all by The Propagator, I will show you the revamping of the southern border.
The southern border of the front garden has been through a number of changes. Initially hardy plants were planted to get quick coverage, and gradually more unusual exoctic plants have been included. Recently my focus has shifted from exotics to native plants to make the garden wildlife friendly. With that in mind, I will focus today on the native plants I have planted.
1. Most of the native plants I purchase as tube stock. A local nursery in Palmwoods, Australian Plants Online, can supply both native and exoctics grown as tube stock. At first I was skeptical about the success rate of the tiny plants, but so far it’s been 100%. The plants grow quickly and are strong.
2. The southern border requires predominantly hedging plants, and earlier this year I planted out Dodonea purpurea (tube stock), a Callistemon and a Lemon Scented Myrtle, Backhousia citriodora, in the lower section of the border. These three natives are growing nicely in amongst the lemon scented pelargonium, Salvias, and Coreopsis, and should form a dense screen when they mature.
3. Last month I pruned back all excessive growth of the Salvias and Pelargonium, which was then mulch-mowed with the lawnmower and put back into the garden. I then removed all the weeds. It is looking much tidier now.
4. The next task involved tackling the large gap in the hedge along the boundary. There is no defined fence line in the top portion of this border, but it is easy to get a rough idea of where it is by aligning the boundary peg to the lower fence. Part of the gap area is taken up by a drainage pit which leaves only a narrow section in which to plant, and I managed to squeeze in an aloe, and put a large potted bougainvillea over the pit to hide it. Using what we had in the shed, Mr S put together a bamboo screen, painted it red, and we put it up on our side of the gap. It has created a lovely backdrop to the Rose of Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus (seen here as the white stems in front of the screen). I have planted some quick growing burgundy Acalypha directly in front of the screen, and three tube stock of native hedging plants, Dodonea purpurea, the purple hop bush, in front. Some Calendula seedlings were added for colour.
5. The next section along this fence line was a mess! The plantings are mainly screening shrubs and filler ground covers. I started by weeding the area and pruning back the overgrowth. I removed an overgrown Polyanthus Rose which I pruned back quite heavily and replanted. It has new growth already. I added extra screening plants such as Bauhinia corymbosa, the orchid vine, Holmskioldia sanguinea the yellow flowering Chinese hat plant (featured photo) towards the rear of the bed, and a native Frazer Island Apple, Acronychia imperforata (photo below) which is growing very well. The Gordonia axillaris, now reclassified as Franklinia axillaris, the Fried Egg Plant now has room to grow. Filler plants include a native mint bush, Goodenia ovata, the hop Goodenia, and Calendula seedlings to provide colour. It has turned out to be a nice mix of native and exotic plants.
6. The section of this border nearest the road is looking nice. There is a little path leading from the road to the sewerage connection, and we have dubbed this as ‘Peter’s Path’, as Peter does this beat every month. This little path has to be kept clear for access. The native Cats Whiskers Orthosiphon aristatus is flowering nicely, and the cheerful Coleus (now known as Solenostemon) lighten the area with their colourful leaves. Bromeliads, Coleus and Clivia line ‘Peter’s Path’.
That is my Six for the week. If you wish to pop over to The Propagator, and look in the comments section you will see links to other bloggers gardens! What a great way to spend a weekend!