Natives Garden – beside the back gate…

Past the edibles and through the gate is the native garden – wattle to the right and then correa and native plants mixed in with some sedum “Summer Joy”. The soil here was terrible – tee trees had made planting difficult and the only plants that survived were natives.

There were rocks and established trees – but very shady and for ages we would stand and look at this and wonder what to do.

So we decided to plant anything that we just liked – providing is was shade loving, tough and if possibly a native. This included a box hedge (normally you see these with White Iceberg Roses) which we have never trimmed. Also a Bird House and a large “formal” urn, some westringa “balls” and a Ginko! I know it sounds a bit hotch potch – but we figured when you don’t know what to plant – then go for things you like!

BEFORE

Firstly we cleared the scrubby trees and weeds, put down some soil and compost then mulched and just let everything settle for a year or so.

 

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!.

Trees at Uccello Lane
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 many trees and pruned back as well as removing dead trees and dangerous branches. That made all the difference and we started to see how amazing the “bones” of the garden were – many large trees of all kinds – over 30 years old at least were priceless and remain to this day a feature of the garden.

“The Bank”
Next we looked at the at the gardens that we could through the windows from our house – “The Bank”. It was my view out of my study and as I work from home in 2020 I am so glad that we started the planting then – as it looks wonderful all year round. The Wisteria frames the view especially out of the conservatory.

Edibles
Just past “the Bank” is the edible garden. It is here we grow our vegetables especially tomatoes in raised garden beds. We have some flower beds to plant seasonal color like our poppies & cosmos, herbs like coriander, parsley and the rosemary hedge. Behind that is the chook pen “Casa di Paolo” and some fruit trees like lemon, pear & figs.

Next….
So by now we were ready to tackle the back area – it was vast but I had in mind a Secret Garden, a Birch Forest and a Wisteria Colonnade – I had been reading everything I could about Edna Walling & Ellis Stone. I wanted a natural roomed garden full of surprises but there was a lot of work ahead. Adam from Three Colors Green and I talked for ages – we thought we needed a plan – but as we later discovered everything evolved.

The Secret Garden
Wisteria Colonnade
Birch Forest
Edna Walling – Gardener

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.