Hi Guys, welcome back to the blog. It’s been 4 weeks since writing here, I had a lovely Christmas break, I hope you all did too.

It was good for us to spend some quality time in our new home. We wanted to relax and enjoy it after the first round of renovations. But also we wanted to share it with friends, so we had a lovely Christmas gathering with friends sharing a meal on our deck. And then plenty of other visitors after that.

We did lots of work around the garden, that’s a bigger and very long term project for us that will take years to realise but we’re chunking it down. What we did do and have made real progress on it the courtyard that I’ve spoken about off of the master bedroom. We had to remove all of the planting and pavers as there was no drainage in this area. My builder poured concrete, installed drainage and a composite deck just before Christmas. It was then a nice blank canvas for us to work on.

So over the break we planned what we wanted to do with the space. We definitely wanted to whitewash the brick as it’s that very old cream/brown brick that they used a lot in the 70’s. We cleaned up all of the timber, and we’ve started adding in pots and plants. Some edibles like a fig tree and limes, and then some more tropical plants like palms, succulents and agave. The next step if a vertical wall garden. We definitely want a more tropical feel in this space so the planting will reflect this.

We’re going to us this system that I found online: https://vertigro.com.au/ at first I was going to do a 2.5m wide floor to ceiling wall. However, I held off ordering the system as I wanted to see how the whitewash and pots played out. I have to say I’m loving it so far and I really feel that we don’t need that much vertical planting. So we’ve changed the plans and are working on a 1.7m x 0.7m rectangle higher up on the wall. We can install some trailing plants that cascade down to fill the space further. Something like this:

I’m looking forward to sharing with you the before and after shots. It won’t be long now. But this goes to show it’s good to take your time with design. Have some things that you decide on later, especially if it can wait but it’s a main feature in a space.

NOTE: Images used under Fair Use, and the above commentary is a personal view and not commercial in nature, and were sourced from a variety of online sources and personal archives.

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