Uccello Lane

– Planning for the rare day when you truly will fly!

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Spring Late – 2019 Guest Photographer

Spring 2019 has been glorious – after the hot summer we had some good rainfall – and now it is lush. We had a guest photographer capture some of Uccello Lane – and some old photos of how it was.

Starting with “The Bank”  everything is in flower including the wisteria, snowball trees and the lavender. Have a look at how it was in 2013 .

The edibles and kitchen garden are getting planted – and the fennel has taken over.

The birch forest with the helibores underplanted and trees with bark that look like an owl..some old pictures from 2015 – before the birches grew

The Secret Garden has a lavender hedge and a new wrought iron door to peep through – it all started with a string line and some plastic fencing…
The Rosa Arbor is in getting ready to burst – and the natives are also keen to get in on the season…
then it across to CrabApple Walk – past the dry stone wall and across to the perennial garden

The Secret Garden – Autumn Lights

So the “Secret Garden” is finished – we will add the water feature and some plants later but for now it is just blending in with the rest of the garden and is truly magical. It is most perfect in the early morning – protected from the wind and cold acting like a suntrap – Bonnie and I head out to for breakfast and get ready for the day. Sometimes the big grey kangaroo visits but mostly we miss him but know he has been there by the giant droppings!

Eats new grass and visits - then gently jumps away...no hassle...Bonnie is very unsettled..

Eats new grass and visits – then gently jumps away…no hassle…Bonnie is very unsettled..

The Secret Garden – Tiles, Bricks and Doors

We have loved the work of Mary-lou Pittard forever at Uccello Lane.
So she made us tiles for the Wisteria Colonnade and the walls of the Secret Garden – they are unique and perfect! Capturing the love of birds and the color of the render blending into the native bush.
Mary-lou (and Chris) came out and stood in the garden to get inspiration and then carefully left specific plans on where they were to be placed by Mick Harris. Once the tiles were on the rendered walls we all knew we were indeed in a a “special” garden!
The panel for the Wisteria Colonnade was to be the feature – just Wisteria on the walls and roof and tiles on the ground. When we first saw it at Mary-lou’s studio it was breath taking – once in place it took on the dimension we wanted – it looked like it had always been there.
The bricks that capped the walls were old and crumbly, irregular shapes but perfect for the job. They featured around both doors and needed lots of skill to lay.
The door to the Secret Garden – the handle is from Steptoes in Collingwood.

 

 

The Secret Garden – Walls and Doors

So in the beginning a string line was set up and from that we could see that it was possible – but not as easy as we hoped. Let’s not mention “artistic differences”. The excavators came and get things ready for the concrete – also we now know where the irrigation system goes. We waited a few months then the blockwork was built – first the hobbit door and it was here for the first time it seemed it would work. As you drove up Uccello Lane you would see the door and the Secret Garden wall and wonder “what is behind it”. Along the way the doors caused lots of issues – sometimes they just needed strong encouragement to fit.

Hobbit Door - in the front wall

Hobbit Door – in the front wall of the Secret Garden.

So now we had the Secret Garden Walls and Doors – what was inside?

Wisteria Colonnade – it’s done and it is spectacular!

We had a wisteria that had been neglected on the back fence, but as you know that does not stop wisteria – in fact they thrive on neglect but it did not seem to flower!
So once we had the birch forest we clearly had to have one of Edna Walling’s favorite features – a Colonnade. Edna Walling loved to put in colonnades and the wisteria is an obvious choice as they are so vigorous and when in flower provide a beautiful show. After discussions and pictures, Scott Brown said “yes, he would give it a crack – sort of like a fancy pergola”. So he built it – and then he fine tuned it, added more wire, draped the wisteria over it and guess what – Yes it was a Wisteria Colonnade – PHASE ONE
It has been a couple of years in the making but yes the Wisteria Colonnade is now complete. It fits into the garden in scale and provides the feature against the back boundary where 5 Scarlet ash grow. Mary-lou’s tiles on the floor are perfect and sitting on the seat looking down over the garden is peaceful and rewarding in the early morning. The Secret Garden can be seen peeping through the Wisteria and is linked by a pathway that rambles down.

Mary-Lou Pittard Tiles

Mary-Lou Pittard Tiles