Open Garden Weekend 2021 – Virtual Tour

Since our Open Garden was cancelled due to COVID restrictions we did a virtual tour. Next year we should be able to show the garden in person!

The Daffodils are out and the chooks are eating their greens – Spring 21 (COVID)

The daffodils are blooming and making the Birch Forest look alive. The chooks are pumping out 8 eggs a day – and they love their greens.

Spring Rain – September 2021 (COVID Time)

The garden looks so fresh and new after 3 days of “spring rain”. The bulbs are out and the wisteria looks ready to burst. The Louis Van Houte Elm tree has it’s blossoms out and getting ready to shade the Secret Garden. The chooks are laying seven eggs a day – and are not very quiet about it!

Pandemic Autumn – one year on

Summer never really happened so it was no surprise that the leaves on the apple tree which is our indicator that Autumn is here in 2021 – suddenly turn red overnight (or so it seemed.)

Everything was lush and had great summer growth. The woodland flourished and salvias grew over a metre tall in a few short months. But most splendid of all was the Louis van Houtte Elm – it’s lime foliage and beautiful leaves dominate the drive in – with the ghost gum in front – spectacular.
We were just getting used to being back in the garden when another lockdown came and the weather seemed to get cold very quickly.

Pandemic Winter

There has been lots of rain, some snow and the camellias have never been better! A strange time at Uccello Lane but the garden has been such an escape from real life of COVID and lockdown – the birches with the hellebore (another star this winter) underneath.
The lawns are lush and there is growth everywhere – even now blossoms are starting.
The artichokes have been moved down to the roses and provide that great arching foliage. Kangaroos and kookaburras visiting while Bonnie Dog tries to control the rabbit population!

Pandemic Summer

2021 Summer bought with it rain followed by warm days – followed by rain. Growth has been amazing – it was only in early January that we could feel the heat and the grass is drying off. The roses have been magnificent. We planted Lambs Ears with an artichoke border around the Rosa di Pergolato -plus geraniums and carnations just for more color. The result was so much better than we expected even if the Lamb’s Ears got away from us and had to be severely cut back.

We added another Secret Garden. We put a gate at the top of the bank which leads to a path that gives you a view of the whole back garden – and best thing is you are totally hidden. You just walk past the white seat and follow the stairs. Then you are at the viewing seat to look at the chooks!. A perfect lockdown sitting spot.

Pandemic Spring

2020 Spring has arrived – the wisteria and cherry blossoms have never looked better – they don’t care about pandemics!
The Silver Birches really are the tree that keeps on giving no matter what the season or if we are in lockdown. During winter and emerging into spring with no leaves just that creamy bark with black branches. It is time for the bulbs to have their turn in the sun – the hellebores are first, then the bluebells and daffodils – the iris and tulips are almost ready – and the freshia’s came out today!
The birds are everywhere building nests and fighting for a bath.

The “Welcome Beds” – via Protea Avenue

The “Welcome Beds” – as you drive up the Lane you will pass through two garden beds which includes Protea Avenue. There are mainly natives with protea, leucadendrons, banksias, waratah and Stuart desert pea ground cover going over the rocks. There are bird baths & houses – and some wooden mushrooms.

Winter at the Lane

Winter at the Lane is a special time – autumn has meant leaves have fallen and the great structure of the trees and plants are revealed. It is really striking to see as the days get longer and colder. The Wisteria Colonnade is bare and the Elm over looking the Secret Garden turns to yellow and then drops its leaves over just two days. The white bark of the birch trees look like parchment and we wait for the under plantings of hellebores and daffodils to emerge.

We have just come out of winter in the Pandemic – and really nothing changed except we got to enjoy the garden looking out of the windows!

Seats, Statues and a giant Apple

In the garden there are bird houses, baths, a giant apple, emu, concrete koala and angel – and mushrooms… Seating is always close by – and helps to make sure everyone is well rested while walking around.

Kitchen Garden with a Willow Fence

I first saw a kitchen garden with a willow fence at Stonefields with cane cloche’s over the plants………and thought at one point I could in fact make one myself.

However Tim who sometimes gardens at Uccello Lane (and many other things as well) not only could make one BUT knew where to get the willow – so the willow fence with a small gate was built.


Outside the kitchen is fairly dark due to some magnolias and trees from next door so we had to be careful about what we planted – and eventually went to pots that could be moved into the sun. In some small raised wooden beds we put in spring onions and basil. Fennel went wild along with ornamental kale and rocket! The citronella, chamomile and parsley went well. The rhubarb struggled a bit so we replanted it up the back where the kangaroos ate it!

Gang Gang Cockatoo

The Gang Gang cockatoo are not often seen and keep to themselves. They are not hard to miss as the male has a distinctive scarlet red head and crest, with the rest of the body slate-grey. The female has a dark grey head and crest, with the feathers of the underparts edged pink and yellow.
We don’t have many photos of them at Uccello Lane – and that is not for want of trying!

“Red Garden” – with the Westringa Balls

At the back once you get past the native garden and the Wisteria Colonnade – you will find the “Red Garden” – this marks the boundary of Uccello Lane – with a row of Claret Ash, some grasses, Red Hot pokers and the red Fire Bush plant! The Westringa balls with their grey foliage provide a great contrast – with the tall gums signalling that we are at the fence line.