Garden statues including 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.

Winter in 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.

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!

Birds – 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!

Then we kept going to the “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 signaling that we are at the fence line.

Outside the Secret Garden wall

One side of the Secret Garden wall looked up to the Birch Forest and the Wisteria Colonnade where we had done a lot of work and was shaded by the wonderful elm tree. The other side was really just a dumping ground for garden rubbish and had a very steep slope. Initially it was also dark as a row of Cyprus trees from next door blocked out the sun. These trees got the “Cyprus canker”  that caused them to have die-back – they were removed by our neighbor and so much light was let in we knew it was time to continue the path around the wall to join onto “Edna Walling Walk” via “Crabapple Walk”…..

BEFORE

Building the path and the retaining wall was a big job – there was drainage to consider and we wanted to keep some of the banksia trees as the birds loved them (mainly the nuts to crunch on).

Adam from Three Colors Green worked out a plan on the fly with levels – it was a busy day!

AFTER
Firstly we planted the lavender hedge and some salvias. The color was purple and it looked perfect against the sand colored walls. Then as often happened in making this garden things changed – Adam came across a large tree fern which needed “re-housing” from another job – and soon we had 3 and a fernery emerged. We bought other ferns and the environment (dappled shade) was ideal. We had never been a “fernery” type of gardener since probably the 80″s but it seems just like it was always there. You turn the corner of the Secret garden and there is is – through an “arch” created by the banksia trees.

On the ground we planted Heucheras of many colors, succulents and tiny ferns that grew quickly and spread. Even an orchid!

 

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.

 

Edibles

Next to “The Bank” is the edibles area. We built raised garden beds, and a large chook pen area called Casa di Paola with a Rosemary herb wall. We are constantly changing the plants seeing what works – sage ended up taking a whole bed here but when we moved it to the kitchen garden it looked very sad – too shady. The artichokes where amazing but HUGE – so we have now put them with the roses and lambs ears – and everyone is happy.

BEFORE

When we first came there were only roses and lots of random plants including Agapantha’s and a huge hedge of Seaside daisies

Orchard & Fruit trees

We planted an “orchard” next to Il Pergolato Di Rosa with mainly apples and pears. It has been slow growing in size but every year there are cherries, apples and plums – and some great blossoms. Crab apples were a favorite of Edna Wallings and Paul Bangay has them in his white garden at Stonefields – he calls them “2 week wonders” but for those two weeks they are amazing to look at.

The queen of the fruit trees is the amazing Cherry Blossom near “The Bank” – it just takes your breath away – with amazing bark and twisted trunk.

Perennial Garden

A Perennial Garden has always been on my wish list – but the right spot did not present itself until we put in the path to complete the “Edna Walling Walk” which goes around all of Uccello Lane. It is also outside my bedroom window so something to see each morning was an added bonus.

I did not want a straight line but instead a “wave of color” so for the first year (2019) we planted everything that we thought would flower, bulbs and a visit to Antique Perennials provided a few different options/inspiration AND a packet of poppy seeds!

Before
Getting ready to plant out the perennial – new soil and mulch!