Autumn/winter flowers, 2016 | Saltbush Avenue

Autumn/winter flowers, 2016

I think I have more winter flowers than summer flowers somehow. As it turns out, many southern-Australian natives put on growth in winter (when there’s rain) and lie dormant in summer (when the earth bakes dry like it’s the end of times).  Continue reading »

My rainbow of summer flowers | Saltbush Avenue

My rainbow of summer flowers

How was your summer? Summer 2015, if necessary. Mine: amazingly fast and unfortunately finished. The sun sets just before 6pm now, and the scent of woodsmoke is in the air. I wish I’d accomplished more in the warmer weather, but at least my summer flowers put on a great display.  Continue reading »

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 »