But, you know, if you don't potter about the garden -- grabbing any excuse --you may as well be dead...
As well as making over the front yard with copious plantings of creepers, aloes, kangaroo paw, vetiver, flowering bulbs,grevilleas and such, -- I've been madly planting out vetiver grass hither and yon outback.
You see I've embraced a passionate vetiver learning curve.
Have plant ... will plant.
With the frangipanis actually growing higher and beginning to keenly bloom I find the convergence of green stuff amazing. Humbling.
Since I've finally located an outback office (pictured) I get to meditate on the greening while I fiddle with my furnishings. Best way to create a shady nook is to move in to the nookery, sit down, watch the sun arc above you and consider your creative options.
In the mix I had to create yet another pond and plant vetiver with shade making in mind.
I'm so darn empirical that I suffer from the green thumb fidgets. A suggests B suggests C....
And so, sitting down on my chair -- recycled from the local tip -- under our Silky Oak --and the passion fruit vine above me wafts in the cooling wind, I dream about this space in a month's or 3 month's or a year's time.
It is my on-site office.
From there, yet again, I find new poseys to plant vetiver. I guess I have planted out close to 40 rooted cuttings.I think it is a godsend plant for sandy soils...and one can not have too many vetiver hedges if one lives on the seaside.
Similarly, I have been so taken with the utility of this plant - Canavalia Rosea/ Canavalia Maritima/Jack bean -- that i bought a few like it, Wallum creepers., from the Bribie Community Nursery .$2 each.
Who, by the way, regrets that folk are not purchasing and growing Wallum plants as Wallum preservation was their raison d'etre. So the nursery has given more space over to exotics. Tragic.
Already we grow a large range of native plants. Because they grow here. The birds thank us. From dawn it is on for young and old in a squawking way, and we really do live in an aviary day in day out.
On top of that are the succulents which thrive in similar conditions...and bromeliads, of course.
Let's not mention the number of Dragon Fruit cuttings I have planted out. Let's say that the eastern side of the house is now a Dragon and Passion Fruit breeze way. Cools the north eastery breeze down as it blows onto the back veranda where we have our sessions of mosaic and dance.
When the vetiver grow to their 1.5 metre height the back space will be maze like. Grass walls this way and that.I won't have to wait long.
If I was starting out again I'd plant out vetiver first and make that the garden template. But, I guess, I'm stuck in this improvisational rigmarole of possibilities.
One helluva adventure.
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