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By bernieh


It’s still very busy around here on the weekends.
Saturday – we didn’t make it into the garden until the group of male wallabies had sorted out their differences. We woke up to a group of about 7 male wallabies in our yard and they spent about 2 hours chasing each other around and around the yard while we had breakfast on the verandah and watched the show! I think they were playing “Who’s the boss?”

Then I starting hacking into the top front garden bed – the acalyphas were enormous and reaching to the top of the verandah hood.

They got a good trim and now the neomaricas, cupheas and my coral ardisia will see daylight again:

We’ll also be able to see more of the view from the lounge. An extra bonus was the discovery of that shrub in between the trimmed acalyphas – don’t know what it is, but looking forward to finding out.

Next we both tackled the overgrown driveway plants – a couple of duranta repens that were overhanging the driveway needed lots of careful trimming. You can see a huge one of the left and three on the right of the driveway – they were all overhanging the driveway.

Then there was the very overgrown calliandra and dwarf mussaenda near the gates – so overgrown that we could not shut the gates. After the trimming:

Sunday: Hubbie spent most of the day making extra sandbags for the fence line. We live on the side of a hill and when we get heavy rain the water rushes down the front yard and carries off lots of the soil – so hubbie has done a lot of digging to create a man-made waterway down the side of our fence line and the sandbags keep the water on track. You can see all the new ones to the left of the photo:

I headed downstairs to the side garden beds to do some weeding and lay down weed matting. This is what one of the beds looked like around morning tea time when I took a break:

Then as I took a look over the verandah at my handiwork – this is what I spotted slithering along right where I’d just been weeding! A snake.
(Only got a shot of part of him – his head is somewhere down the other end.)

Cautiously headed back down there after a cuppa and finished off that job. Then had some fun in the greenhouse.

Planted out the New Guinea impatiens seedlings with some lobelia:

Planted out more of the portulaca cuttings:

Then moved the pelargoniums that were planted out last weekend to a sunnier location (mixed seeds that I scattered around the pots are all doing well):

Weekend almost over and another little rain shower began – so I headed off to soak in the tub while hubbie headed off for a beer with a mate. This is the view I’ve just enjoyed from my bathroom window as the rain lightly fell outside.

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You have been busy. It's nice to see all the unfamiliar ( to me here in Wales ) shrubs in your garden. I don't think I'd like to see wallabies here though. I hope they didn't doo any damage.

22 Mar, 2009


Your garden looks lovely I always enjoy looking at your blogs love your photos

22 Mar, 2009

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