Today is the winter solstice, no doubt we are all looking forward to warm sunny days and balmy evenings, but one of the best times in Melbourne is now with beautiful crisp mornings and bright sunny days. Get out and marvel at the trees, kick the autumn leaves if they’re still about. Visit a nursery for bare rooted trees and roses. Don’t be put off because the plants all exposed, it just means the plants are dormant so the nursery can sell them cheaper without pots to take up more space. Check out all the fruit varieties available. There are lots of multi graft options which means you can get multiple fruit on one tree, perfect for small spaces.
While we were working on a neighbours front garden in West Brunswick, we ran into a client from a couple of years ago. I had prepared and garden design and layout for their back garden. The brief was to work within the existing levels, incorporate privacy from neighbours, outdoor storage, al fresco dining, vegetable garden beds and child friendlly play space. The levels worked well to divide the back yard into zones, allowing for outdoor seating (over what was a garage floor), step down to lawn & play area and vegie beds to the side.
The planting scheme was essentially native / indigeneous. My intent was to show colour contrast in the foliage. I think this is highlighted quite well by some of these shots taken in spring 2012. The combination of grevillea, eucalyptus ‘Silver Princess’ and leucophyta looks great!
We have just arrived back from a glorious few weeks at the beach. It’s always nice to get out of town for a bit over summer. Unfortunately along with the great weather at the beach, Melbourne has also experienced some very hot spells which is showing up as damage in the garden.