Should I ever get my hands on the Weather God, Huey's, temperature control knob which sets the day's conditions for Sydney, for a lot of hard yakka in the garden I'd go for a day like today: sunny, max of 20°C, little or no wind, maybe just a puff. Today was perfect for what I planned to do, which was finally, at last, get my succulent garden bed re-organised. And here's how it looks on this very pleasant, sunny Sunday afternoon on the first weekend of spring in Sydney.
|The many wide spaces between the plants are filled|
with Cowra white pebbles, so hopefully it will slowly
look less white and more colourful in shades of
green, pink, peach, blue, silver and grey as the
months and years roll by.
|Next, the classic domestic gardener's method of garden|
design, known as 'put and look'. Pammy came out for
this all important phase, and after much discussion and
rearranging, this is how the planting plan looked.
|Another hour or so later, this is how they looked,|
after unpotting, de-weeding, tidying-up and
replanting all the potted succulents.
|And another half hour later it looked like this, with|
the pebbles added (and the paving swept clean).
|I have some clues how big some things will grow,|
and I have no idea about how big others will become.
I don't know the ultimate size of all the succulents in
this shot, so it's all guesswork right now.
|There's only room for one really large|
shrub-style succulent, so it takes centre
stage at the back of the bed (it's a
Crassula, with interestingly dimpled
leaf ends). Again, I am not sure how
big it will grow; only time will tell.
|What's pleasing about this outcome is that this is|
essentially how I thought it might look when we talked
some time ago about getting all the succulents out of
their messy gaggle of assorted pots and into the ground.
garden, and getting rid of the awful metal fence will cause cheers all round on our side of the fence.
This is about the fourth major revamp of our garden in the 22 years we've been here. The garden is evolving to suit our changing interests in plants, and my need for a slightly lower level of maintenance as my ageing back starts to give way. I'm thoroughly amazed how my back has stood up to the last two weekends of truly hard gardening work, fully digging over and revamping five garden beds (I did the vegie beds yesterday, but that's not blog-worthy stuff!).
Next weekend, the gardenias will go in, so too the tibouchinas and some pretty annual flowers to give the whole thing a burst of quick spring colour. There's plenty more to do, but at last, we're making some real progress here.