Crimson bottlebrushes

Bottlebrush borders

Welcome back to Not So Grand Designs Australia, where time and expense stand in the way of everything. Our front yard was in need of additional screening, so we carved out another garden bed and added a bottlebrush hedge in order to make that happen.  Continue reading »

Cinderblock, Improved

Cinderblock, improved

Every little job adds up to create an improved whole, but this particular fix went a long way to burnish curb appeal: refreshing the crummy cinderblock wall at the front of our property. It only took two afternoons and a tin of paint but the result is loads better, almost modern even.  Continue reading »

Bluestone paver edging

Bluestone paver edging

It might just be a quirk of vocabulary, but I like feeling as though our house has a garden rather than a yard. Gardens are visually interesting and beautiful year-round, or at least that’s my dream. I like the design element of planning out plants, borders and pathways (I’d quite like to be a landscape architect in one of my many unlived parallel lives) and it’s rewarding when you see all your hard work begin to pull together.   Continue reading »

Colours + elements of design in the garden

Buying plants and digging in the dirt is the easy part. The time-consuming part has been deciding which plants. Our front yard is a blank slate, and I’ve spent considerable hours reading about Aus/Tas natives, among others, and determining whether they’ll like my yard.  Continue reading »

A row of birthday candles

Timely, sort of. My birthday was this weekend, and we had a bunch of people over. Our friends rule.

So yeah, latest update in the garden: a brand new row of hedges along the driveway. Not just any hedges, but super fancy baby banksias.  Continue reading »