I’ve mentioned previously that I am no green thumb. In fact, I’m a known serial plant-killer. Unintentionally, of course! But that doesn’t stop me from liking plants and flowers. I’d love to have a pretty garden, in place of the unflattering foliage that the previous owners of our house put in when they “The Block-ed” it.
We started off with some lovely Princess Lavender in the driveway garden, and they thrived for a while. However, they quickly grew to a large size; and, since we didn’t prune them at the right moment, they have grown into wonky shapes … half the plants are dead and the other half are half-flowering and half-practically-fossilised. The plan for this area is to rip out the lavender and throw in some seeds for “country garden” type flowers. Hopefully the amount of sun that hits that spot during the day is enough to sustain them!
The front garden is littered with tiny Jacaranda trees. We have a ginormous one right in front of the house, which we cannot take out without Council permission. It is still strong and healthy, but so large that the roots are cracking the concrete of the driveway and walkway to the house. It begs to be cut down to prevent any damage to the house. Ironically, Council won’t give us permission unless it poses a danger (or has done damage) to the house, or is dying. A tree that size plus an adequately large (and well-timed) storm front … But let’s not think about that.
Among the tiny Jacarandas are various shrubs, the names of which I have no idea. There are a couple of native Crimson Bottlebrush trees (Callistemon citrinus), as well as some apparently “weed trees”, and what looks like a fig tree which, to date, has produced no figs. Scattered across the front garden bed are a whole bunch of African Daisies (Osteospermum) in white and purple, all of which somehow sprung from the one or two plants that were put there on purpose. Somewhere in all that foliage, there is a mailbox and a solar light that we put in after not being able to find out mail in the dark.
The backyard holds so much potential. We had a lovely, but old and somewhat decrepit, mulberry tree right at the back, next to the back fence. A storm a couple of years back snapped it (and pushed in part of our fence!).
At first, we were a little sad about losing the tree (although we weren’t going to miss the massive purple poops that inevitably followed the Blackbird season), but it actually opened up the possibility for more control over the landscaping we can do in the backyard. Of course, with more important/urgent things going on, we haven’t actually done anything to the backyard – aside from installing a bird bath and a now-overgrown passionfruit vine, and getting a timber deck put in around the other giant tree on our plot – yet. But, oh the fantasies of herringbone paving, rustic barbecue grill, and native flowering-and-bird-attracting plants!
One day, we’ll get around to landscaping the garden, and it will look wonderful! For now, I continue to picture the little wrens hopping form shrub to shrub, basking in the warm glow of the sun.
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