At some point in the past, it was obviously stunning. It is still attractive, with beautiful mature trees and gorgeous dry stone walls that meander here and there. The Farmchildren call it "The Adventure Garden" and can't wait to move in. At present, when I look at one portion of it, I can't get the song Welcome To The Jungle out of my head. Given that Guns n Roses isn't quite what I had in mind for gardening inspiration, I think something might have to be done.
The Farmer isn't helping matters. I told him of my unwanted Guns n Roses theme. He then put Axl and the boys on the ute radio full bore, and parked it near offending garden, while I was sitting there having a quiet cup of tea and a ponder...
After much perusing of magazines and gardening books I have decided to go for more of a cottage feel. At present I am nowhere near the planting stage. More at the ripping out dead plants stage.
This is where The Farmer is in his element. I have long joked that his favourite gardening tools are a front end loader and a box of matches.
On the weekend I was carting some rocks into some garden beds that our builder has suggested I remove, because they are contributing to a damp problem in some of the walls. After several wheel barrow loads of rocks, I was getting a bit weary. The Farmer decided to come to my aid. He had a large loader down at the sheds and came merrily trundling up the hill to the house in it.
This was his technique to fill my wheel barrow.
|Pouring In The Rocks|
|Waiting For The Dust To Settle|
|Very Full Load|
While the filling technique smacked of overkill it was, at the very least, effective. Unfortunately I was unable to push such a full wheel barrow and had to tip some out. Oh well.
The Farmer then got stuck in with the chain saw and we removed lots of dead branches. One whole dead tree will need to go, but apparently we need a chain and one of the tractors for that.... There will be lots of debris that we will burn over the next few weeks. I am aiming for a complete tidy up by the time we move in, so we can move onto the creative phase. (At present we are very much in the deconstruction phase).
It's exciting though. While the existing garden is an odd combination of overgrown and half dead, the bones are good. There is lots to work with.