It’s got some nice plants but needs a bit of love – the chinese star jasmine over the verandah is wonderful, and the huge hydrangea is fabulous (but needs to be cut back now that flowering is done). There is a great circle of roses in the middle, but they need a good trim too. I’m not entirely confident of my rose pruning skills but hopefully I won’t kill them! And I’m pretty sure that the entire rose circle is full of freesia bulbs (fingers crossed!)
We are thinking that the long raised bed will be a small veggie patch – husby even bought me a book about growing herbs and veggies for Christmas – yes, a definite message that!
And now the backyard – our house is built on a slope (sloping down to the front) so there is a small retaining wall (about 1m high) and steps up the backyard. Yes, it’s not quite a football field, but pretty sure it’s a cricket pitch long. And with swing set included! If only it was adult sized (the swings, I mean!!)
Closest to the retaining wall is a bed containing mostly native plants, including a really big banksia and some smaller plants, as well as a tomato plant (!) and a bunch of mint – will have to pull it out and plant into a pot.
And the back yard itself is a bit disorganised but has some good stuff – a jacaranda tree (I’ve always loved these – can’t wait for it to flower in Spring!), a huge palm, and a really big plot of cannas, which my neighbour Beverly tells me has been there for about 50 years!! Husby wants to pull them out but I’m not going to let him!! Every so often a bird will come and perch precariously on the flower stem to feed on the flowers – I love it! They are so green, and so tall (taller than me!) and I think they are great.
So that’s my garden. Needs a fair bit of work (and general maintenance). Now, don’t you think the backyard would be perfect if it had a swimming pool? Who’s with me? I just need to convince husby. Oh, and win the lottery so we can afford it! And also make it rain more in Sydney. Sigh. I think a pool will only ever be a dream for a kid from the country who never had a pool growing up!!