Although we have lots of loose ends to tie up inside our house, our attentions are also required elsewhere. We now have the task of turning our mudpit yard into a dazzling horticultural masterpiece.
Once the painters have finished we can have some topsoil delivered, followed by turf and thus begin establishing our garden.
My father is an extremely good gardener. He even crosses different plants to make new ones, in fact, there is actually an orchid named after me which he made when I was a little girl.
I have been waiting for my green finger gift to kick in, but nearing 40, I fear that it may never blossom. Never the less, I am ambitious when it comes to gardening projects.
Our block is 604m2 or 24 perches. Most of the houses in the surrounding streets are on 12 perches, so we have a bit of room to play with. Our house really just takes up half the block.
I have always favoured more formal gardens, clipped hedges, conifers, urns, etc, and I still love that style. Like this sort of thing below.
However, I am investigating a more 'tropical' flavour with palms, gingers, cordylines, heliconias, jasmine and frangipani, plants that are heavily fragrant in the summer heat. I think tropical, or subtropical, gardens are romantic and so suit the Queenslander house.
Ideally, I'd like to combine tropical plants within a more formal design. A little like these below.
I'm having trouble finding some visual inspiration though. I may have to go off to the dreaded council library in the name of research.
The garden must be reasonably low maintenance and waterwise.
I also want to incorporate a sizeable, and hopefully very productive vegetable garden, and some citrus trees, and any other edible plants I can slip in.
This is going to take some planning I think. Time to hit the books!
Does anyone know any handy gardening websites or blogs?