So the woodland is starting to grow – down the boardwalk stairs into the native rain forest – and emerging into the “Edna Walling” Walk. The roses have been moved and the birdhouse has a resident kookaburra.
We have started the Tuscan -” lets eat drink & laugh” vibe – so there are 10 different fruit trees, a grape vine – olive trees and a BIG hand carved apple!
The is a walk starting from the chook pen, across to the Wisteria colonnade, past the Birch Forest – around the back of the Secret Garden – down to Crab Apple Walk – and there you are… not quite done yet just finishing the Rose Pegola …we will call it Edna Walling Walk.
“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.”
So we found an area at Uccello Lane that seemed perfect for the silver birch “forest. We had seen an amazing example at Alowyn where hundreds of silver birches had been planted closely together and then underplanted with hellebores. Firstly the area had to be cleared and the soil prepared. Trav’s Trees came and removed undergrowth and weed “trees”. Adam and his men from Three Colors Green prepared the soil and then Heather Allen decided on the plantings – sort of Edna Walling style!
The birches are growing and we plan to extend the area to incorporate the Pear tree and add some more Birch’s so it really does become a Birch Forest!
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.
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. Also we were constantly discovering plants hidden under trees or being strangled by natives left to overtake some areas. Six huge skips were filled quickly as we kept going deeper and deeper into the garden.
An amazing irrigation system was found plus there were at least 4 big water tanks which were filled from the runoff from the roof. Both these were a blessing in this first summer.