Just as our skin, eyes and hair serve as an acronym for our inner selves, so plants, surfaces, creatures, sun and shade serve as an acronym for considered garden ideas.
A young garden in Rostrevor.
Recently planted hills garden with walling and paving done by others.
My dear clients wanted to observe the night sky while lying down on soft grass so we framed it in semi-ellipse. By now the vines and climbers will have filled in the frame.
Built for speed!
Hand drawing plans the old fashioned way – ‘slow design’.
Ever heard of landscape architect, Fernando Caruncho? Here we used reinforcing mesh to hold a passionfruit vine. Being smarter than us, he didn’t paint his!
Bridge over tranquil waters.
Prior to my landscape career I was a qualified bricklayer. It can be fun sometimes to revisit our youth, yes?
My client, a test pilot, laboured with wonderful dexterity and perseverance to make this lovely courtyard.
Morning sun, bamboo and ancient Chinese soldiers. A garden looking for a poem!
3 water gardens.
Adults and children love running the seductive gauntlet of this Miscanthus grass.
The cat loves the foreground of native Hemarthria grass pressing it into van Goghian swirls.
The pergola frame waiting for the vines to cover with an upright Miscanthus merrily playing behind the pinkish Agastache ‘Sweet Lili’.
We intruded into the soft Buffalo grass with these bookleaf panels of chain mesh to reflect the client’s bookbinding practice. They will hold vines eventually including the native Hoya.
Hand selected granite boulders for this nascent Japanese style garden.
My paving team get a kick out of precision cutting. Yes, we chamfer the edges!
We made a loose Fibonacci curve for a geologist client in Glenalta from small/medium grade pebbles in washed brown coloured mortar/concrete.
The client’s dog looking for a spot. And, the lilly-pilly cone did recover.
A battalion of pencil pines.
Our biggest waterfall to date.
“Parting is such sweet sorrow.” Our clients often received visitors so we provided a place for farewell hugs and jubilant children.
The existing pond structure was sound so we just double coated the inner walls with bituminous paint.
No, the client wasn’t a hammer thrower. Still waiting for café table and chairs. I wasn’t going to mention the vines and this time we got away without painting the mesh.
I can recommend this upright Miscanthus for clients who have just moved from Queensland, Brazil or south-east Asia to remind them of home. Unfortunately the narrow canes aren’t sweet!
A little luxury.
While you are here, you might like to visit one of our posts on this blogsite, “Life is Messy”. It is a fun romp through the pleasures of order.
I hate to admit it but on the day we installed the hemispheric sundial it was completely overcast rendering the reading inaccurate at 15 minutes behind CST.
Over time, in this case about 5 years after this image was taken, these Chinese militia have weathered into a Porter’s lime wash bronze and powder grey. Great painting advice from Porter’s with the desired patina developing over the years.
Our clients loved the brush hedge top to this screen so much that we built them another one – no easy task.
You can’t see them here but we planted 2 Macadamia trees, purchased from Perry’s Fruit and Nut Nursery, just in from the back fence at this property in Woodville South.
Time to call the gardener. Tree dahlias yet to flower in the background. Once they have finished flowering they are cut down to just above ground level with the canes cut into truncheons and given to friends, neighbours and family along with a bag of macadamias.
Ah! seclusion, pizza and spa (behind the camera).
Plum trees – Satsuma of course.
Pretty in purple – Penstemon at the end of the season.
More groundcovers needed I’d say.
Okay, that’s enough of the bricks!
Q. Why are some steps easier to negotiate than others? A. The easy ones use a ratio formula for horizontal and vertical, and where possible leave a shadow falling from the horizontal edge.
Still no seats.