Birch Forest – As it grew

“Walling’s style was demonstrated with her magical method of placing silver birch trees in subtle harmony with one another, she took five potatoes from a bucket, threw them all in the same general direction and said “There!” It was no more haphazard than nature’s way.” The Birch trees are now in their 7th year – they are not quite a forest yet but soon….

And so we started at the back …….

For the first 18 months we just cleared the areas where plants had been left to grow wild – blackberries and weeds of every sort were thriving – and no pruning meant ground covers had turned into bushes!. We did the back first as there was a lot of undergrowth and snakes were on our mind. Trav the Treeman came to look at the…

Early days

We moved into Uccello Lane in 2012 – it was a mudbrick house on a lane that led to the Yarra River – with a garden that was very natural and overgrown but all the hard landscaping and rock work had been done. Every room had floor length windows so you really felt like you were at one with the outside. For the winter…

Roses – Shirley Minster from Creswick

As part of the Open Garden for Creswick we went to Shirley Minster beautiful rose garden. It is a rather romantic garden in very difficult conditions fighting rabbits, a hard clay soil and a very limited water supply. The  Smoke bush is amazing but the heroines are the Roses.

Birch Forest

“Walling’s style was demonstrated with her magical method of placing silver birch trees in subtle harmony with one another, she took five potatoes from a bucket, threw them all in the same general direction and said “There!” It was no more haphazard than nature’s way.” The Birch trees are now in their 7th year – they are not quite a forest yet but soon….

Trees – Ghost Gum – “Corymbia aparrerinja”

Eucalypts, commonly known as gum trees, form an integral part of the Australian identity with the bush. From the children’s song Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree through to the distinctive smell of eucalypts to iconic paintings and photographs, eucalypts are an essential part of Australian culture, featuring in art, music and literature.     http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/eucalypts

Trees – Ulmus procera ‘Louis Van Houtte’ Elm

There are over 100 trees at Uccello Lane – magnificent Ghosts Gums, wattles, banksia, olives, fruit, birch  – with the Ulmus procera ‘Louis Van Houtte’ Elm being the King of the Hill!. As you drive up to the Secret Garden it is standing there with the almost citrus green foliage and this year after it’s Elm Tree Beetle injection it has grown an extra metre…

Trees – Wattle – Glorious Color (even Pink)

Wattles belong to the genus Acacia, in the Mimosa family. Uccello Lane has many wattles but the favorite is the Pink Blaze.

There are over 600 different species distributed throughout Australia with shapes varying from low, spreading shrubs to large, upright trees. Most are early spring and summer-flowering, there are wattles that bloom all year round – and provide a welcome burst of color when everything else is just sitting waiting for the warmer weather.

Early days in the Lane – Before the first long hot summer

We arrived at Uccello Lane in September 2012 and the garden was lush and green – overgrown but ready for work.

As the summer approached we were mindful that the growth had to be cleared back – in case of snakes and the like. This was not a small task!