Uccello Lane

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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 – Come on in!

“The Secret Garden was what Mary called it when she was thinking of it. She liked the name, and she liked still more the feeling that when its beautiful old walls shut her in no one knew where she was. It seemed almost like being shut out of the world in some fairy place. The few books she had read and liked had been fairy-story books, and she had read of secret gardens in some of the stories. Sometimes people went to sleep in them for a hundred years, which she had thought must be rather stupid. She had no intention of going to sleep, and, in fact, she was becoming wider awake every day which passed at Misselthwaite.”
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
So the “Secret Garden”” is almost finished but already it blends in.  It was built with every range of weather and the design was fluid, dynamic and ever changing. The  “crumbling” walls caused nothing but concern and questions but they are just perfect.
The final step of laying the grass changed everything – it tied it all together. Bonnie loves that grass. The water feature has yet to be decided on so just for now we have put Kangaroo Paws in – and they may just stay. We saw a Lion’s Head at Mawarra – I think this is the way to go.

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?