Sunday, January 15, 2012

Landscaping - Part Two. The backyard

Here is a photo roundup of the rear yard landscaping.

Mop Top Robinia's

Deck not quite finished in these photos, more recent photos to be posted soon.

Deck has since been stained also.

Looking back at these it felt so finished at the time but now it feels so much more established, after only 3 months!

Eventually those stairs will be capped with the same tiles as the front portico will be tiled with.

Along the rear fence we have Eleocarpus (Blueberry Ash), with Chinese Star Jasmine in front that I will keep clipped into a groundcover. (The right in the above photo). Dircetly infront in the above photo are Gardenias. Along the boundary fence in the rear of the photo are Camelias & Gardenias in front of those

These Raphis Palms are outside out kitchen feature splashback window, with Murraya to the left and Camelias to the right.

Also on the same side of the house as the kitchen window, we chose to have small pebbles as it is rarely used or walked on.

So, there it is! After lots of mud, sweat and tears we have a garden, we are now a lot poorer but our lives are richer for it. Mr 3 is out there ALL the time and we absolutely love our garden. It finally felt like we were no longer living on a construction site once it was done!

I'll be back soon with updated photos I took today :)

Landscaping pics - FINALLY!

Well, after a very busy series of months since we moved in I am finally getting around to posting photos from our garden!

Our landscaping was completed - for now - way back in mid-October and has already grown SO much, but for now, here are the pics from the day of completion.

In these pics the deck wasn't 100% finished but was sorted by the end of that weekend.

Front yard first:

Magnolia Little Gem , it has since filled out a lot and has flowered over and over again!

Raised bed to one side of the portico - Standard Ficus with Photinias to form a hedge between our place and next doors driveway. There were tiny in this pic - they are about 4 times the size now.

Eventually I want to add a water feature where that green pot is ;)

Gate/fence panel on the right of garage still to be painted. Those who were around for my Colorbond vs timber post will see we went with timber, which is what I really wanted in the first place! Now I need to fill and sand the nail holes and choose a paint colour, I'm getting really sick of it being so close but so far to being complete!

The driveway needs another coat of sealer and when money permits the front steps and portico will be tiles with granite tiles. Front portico also will be rendered at some stage.

Really need to replace that original letterbox! I have plans however to have a front fence built, with brick piers and timber sections inbetween and the letterbox will be bricked into the fence.

Thankfully that reddish mulch has since settled to a darker colour, I'm not a fan of its original colour ;)

As these posts will be very pic heavy, I'll split the garden tour into two - back yard to follow!