I have blogged before about what I like to call the "deconstruction phase". This consisted of taking away 2 skip loads of dead stuff and several large bonfires. The exciting news is that we are now in the "construction phase". We have sourced some good water and piped it to The Farmhouse. Then we got the reticulation system completely replaced which was super exciting. And now, finally, after over a year of living here I get to plant stuff. I know, excitement! I have been approaching the planting slowly and breaking the garden into little sections in my head. If I try to imagine doing the whole thing at once I have a mini-melt down and go inside to have a coffee or glass of wine depending on the time of day.
The first proper planting session we had was on the weekend. Look - roses!
|Roses and Mulch.|
There are now lots of pale pink David Austen roses surrounding our verandah with a pale pink Pierre De Ronsard which should climb up the verandah post. At least that's the plan.... Everything is mulched to within an inch of its life. Mulching makes everything looks so tidy and covers a multitude of sins in the weed department. Hopefully the roses will do OK. I know these varieties already grow well in other gardens around our district and we had a chat with the rose nursery man too. Here's hoping.
Farmgirl has also been getting in on the gardening action. She and I made a fairy garden on the weekend. Several bags of pebbles from Bunnings and numerous dodgy (but much-loved by Farmgirl) garden ornaments produced this.
|Fairy Garden. No Fairies Yet. Watch This Space Though.|
Sissinghurst eat your heart out.
OK - so it is not super attractive but it is providing hours of entertainment for Farmgirl.
I am hoping that if I just do little bits of the garden at a time that eventually it will be restored to something like its former glory. Fairy Garden not withstanding. ( I promise I will post photos of the roses when they look all pretty and rose-like as opposed to twigs sticking out of straw.)
The only other Farm news is that we have had our first snake encounter for the season. I know - scary. Our builder and his offsider had far too close an encounter with a 6 foot tiger snake near the shearers' quarters. The offsider was an Irish backpacker and the snake was close enough that he was caught in a bit of a corner. (A bad place to be.) Fortunately our builder proved to be very handy with a piece of wood.... Our Irish backpacker was left with a good story to tell at the pub anyway.
Hope everyone had a good Tuesday.