Thursday, March 18, 2010

Backyard - Part 2

This week has been a hectic week, I guess that happens when you have Monday off. I admit, I have fallen behind on the laundry and ironing so our mornings have been busier then usual.
I know I promised an update on the backyard and I do have one but it isn't as comprehensive as I would like it to be. I haven't got any nice photos of the backyard to share and it is too messy (lawns unmowed, etc) to go and get some now!
So I will give you snippets of what we have done so far! We have aimed for a hardy, drought tolerant garden and have planted a lot of English Box, Pittosporum, Lavender and Seaside daisy. We have used convolvulus along the edge of the garden bed to creep down over the wall.
Plants are very expensive and we are currently on really strict water restrictions. We are only allowed to water our gardens for 1/2 hour on Sundays between 6 - 6.30pm by bucket. It is really hard to keep our plants alive!!! We are recycling grey water and doing the best we can for now. In order to save money we have bought very young plants that are fast growing (except for the English Box).
No more blue fences.
These big pots will be water features (we bought them for our wedding and had large flower arrangements in them at the ceremony), using solar powered pumps.
A new dog house and the drainage is in place.
When we get outside to clean and tidy I will take some pretty photos that I won't be embarrassed to share.
Photo Source: McCarthy Designs


  1. When all those hedge plants grow it's going to be so lovely Nellie, especially with those gorgeous pots. Love the timber tub too. You have very strict water restrictions. Great that you're doing all you can to recycle water using greywater. Have a great end to the week x

  2. I can't believe you have flowers. I am so jealous. We won't be able to plant here until late May.
    The pots are beautiful. Can't wait to see everything as it grows.

    Thanks for the suggestions on the trunk. I would love to find one or two more to stack. That would be perfect.

  3. I think your yard looks awesome! The pots, the drainage (wow) and the plants along your new wall - so maybe they're a little short, but it will be beautiful when they get a little bigger. Your water restrictions sound SUPER tight - we keep a bucket in our shower in the summer to catch grey water too. I think it's just all around a good idea even if you don't have to.

  4. Wow Nellie, I think your garden is gorgeous and you guys are doing an amazing job with the garden considering those tough water restrictions! I love that you are able to re-purpose the urns you had for your wedding, what a gorgeous idea!! Hope you find the bottom of the washing and ironing piles :) Wishing you a lovely weekend ~ Tina xx

  5. your flowers look remarkably beautiful
    considering the drought. you must
    have really been recycling that water!

    we had a serious drought a few years
    ago, and i would dream of rain.


  6. Such gorgeous plants. I can't believe how little rain you have had and your restrictions. You are doing so well with so little water! A-M xx

  7. I didn't realise you had such severe water restrictions!. Hard to keep anything alive I would imagine. I love that shot of the petunia's by the fence.

    Will do a rain dance for you!