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Slowly, slowly the new garden beds take shape.

bernieh

By bernieh

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Update:
We’ve added another wall and broken up the large garden bed into two beds – much more sensible than having a sloping bed.
Before:

After: (yes that is our front lawn during the nine months of ‘dry’!)

Before:

After:

I’ve put down the irrigation system and have started the first round of planting. It’s one week away from the start of spring, so I’ve planted the alstroemeria cuttings, the sprekelia bulbs, the bletila striata bulbs (Chinese ground orchid), some day lily clumps, and various other bits and pieces like the kalanchoes, the paper daisies, the million bells, the osteospurmum and gazanias.

From another angle:

The weather is already starting to heat up – we’ve had winter temps climbing up to 29 degrees C just this last week and it will be getting hotter as we go into spring.

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Comments

 

I like what you've done there Bernie, can't wait to see them in flower :)

23 Aug, 2009

 

Thanks Louise - I'm hoping there will be a bit of colour happening by summer.

23 Aug, 2009

 

I would say that was guaranteed Bernie :))

I love your choice of plants, especially the Alstreomeria and Hemerocallis.

23 Aug, 2009

 

Just have to figure out a way to stop the wallabies chomping on my new plants - tried the chilli powder and the garlic spray with little success.

23 Aug, 2009

 

Ohh no :(
I'd be distraught if my plants were ruined/gone like that.
What CAN you do to stop or prevent it ..... tall fencing ?

23 Aug, 2009

 

We have fencing but when they want to eat, they will just jump over! I've seen them jump the 5 foot high fence around the chook/duck pen just to get to the feed. I've never really had much of a problem with them eating garden plants before, but obviously the other plants didn't interest them and these newer plants are far more tasty.

23 Aug, 2009

 

love the two tiers it will look lovely in the summer. your winter temps are like our summer ones ....but we get more rain ..........

23 Aug, 2009

 

Bernieh this looks like such hard graft! It'll be lovely when it's done and you can sit back and admire, come summer ( when we're all wading through snow, ice, frost....)
;-)

23 Aug, 2009

 

Looking good BH and really looking forward to the splashes of colour and exciting plants you've got in store for us.

I'm waiting.....

23 Aug, 2009

 

Thanks a lot Sandra, Bscott and Oddbillie - hoping there will be something to show by summer.

23 Aug, 2009

 

Its all looking good bernieh..........

23 Aug, 2009

 

I wonder if something that gives off a high pitched noise could scare them..Like the things they use in bakeries and such places to keep the mice away?
I like what you have done here...Great job.

23 Aug, 2009

 

Taking shape really nicely Bernieh.......

23 Aug, 2009

 

Looking really great Bernieh....

23 Aug, 2009

 

It looks nice now Bernie. A lot of work but worth it.

23 Aug, 2009

 

You've worked hard on this. What will it look like in the 'Wet' I wonder.

23 Aug, 2009

 

looking good Bernieh hope all grows well for you and the wallabies aren't tempted by your tender young plants!

23 Aug, 2009

 

Thanks everyone - still working on the wallaby deterrent. Apparently Vaporub on the leaves is supposed to deter them - don't know how the plants will appreciate being smeared with it though.

23 Aug, 2009

 

Not well I think I know I don't Lol :o((
Put it on some sticks in with the flowers to save their new leaves it might work for you!
:o)))

23 Aug, 2009

 

Great plan Neelan - I'll try that instead. I certainly agree with you about the Vaporub - I've never liked the stuff!

23 Aug, 2009

 

:o(( yuk
Hope it works for you :o))

24 Aug, 2009

 

Looks even better now and it won't seem long before the ground is covered in flowers. I Love the sun and heat on holiday but I don't think I would like to have to work in that heat.

28 Aug, 2009

 

Thanks Homebird - hoping to get the wallaby problem sorted soon and maybe then the plants will start to thrive. Here's hoping! As for working in the heat - right now we regard the weather as terrific ... 27 degrees during the day is lovely. It's just this week that the temps have started to climb again and today we've reached 29. It's the summer temps that are the killers - I never garden after 7.00 in the morning or before 5.30 in the evening during summer!

29 Aug, 2009

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