November 2017 – Shots of the Month
After clearing and widening the Dragonfuit level with the excavator we needed to plant out the new bank we had created at the eastern end of the level.
The bank was made with excess mountain soil from the excavation.
We finished off the Grevillea garden on the Tank Level today.
It’s a good feeling, to get it finished, to get plants in the ground and see how it will all potentially look.
By our estimations, the house here at Arborlon was built about 20 years ago.We don’t know who built it, but as we’ve lived here now for two years, we’ve noticed how well they designed the aspects of the house to achieve natural heating and cooling. We have no need for heating or air-conditioning!
One plan we have had almost since we arrived two years ago, is to plant the “North Face”.
The “North Face” is the steep open slope that falls away quickly in front of the deck. It is open and very steep and really needs some trees replaced.
The “Plot Level” is just below the house to our western side. It is dominated by two large trees that are present.
A ‘Leichardt Bean’ – Cassia brewsterii, and a ‘White Cedar’ – Melia azedarach
We love the Cassia, but the White Cedar is becoming ‘weedy’ as it drops hundreds of seeds each year and these appear in our gardens and veg plots.
We had been discussing what to do with ‘Gary’s pad since we completed the Acacia Garden Wall and now it was time to make a decision.
We had thought about more gardens on either side? A path of some sort? A winding path with edge? But we chose to leave the pad as grass for the moment.
The Fire Deck has been finished for a while now, and we are working on the surrounding gardens.
As always these gardens will feature local and non-indigenous native plants and establishing plants that can survive the blistering heat that this area gets in Summer.
Having already completed the Fire Deck South Garden it was time for the North Garden to take shape.