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Garden Tour - part 1 - Fire Pit

Since I’m relatively new to tumblr, I wanted to show you some different parts of my garden and some of the projects we’ve worked on since we’ve been here. So here’s the first of my “Garden Tour” posts.

Probably my most favourite place in the garden is our fire pit. Last night we had a few people over for dinner around the campfire, so it seems a good place to start the tour.

We had a spot cleared amongst the gum trees, and a pad levelled by an excavator. I love the track leading down to it with the sign at the entrance. 

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We built the pit in the middle of the clearing with retaining wall blocks. There’s one level of blocks under the ground, and then two additional levels above. It creates a great barrier from the fire when there’s kids around, and is also a good spot to rest the camp ovens.

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It took another year or so, but we then built a “bar” that we use to serve food, with a shelf underneath for storage. It was built in a weekend with the help of our neighbours who often join us for a drink (or two) around the fire.

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And why “Kenny’s Bar”? It was named after our first koala sighting, which happened right next to the pit. This is Kenny…

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Spot the kangaroo! I never can get close enough to get a good photo - they are so skittish - but this little guy was visiting our backyard today just on dusk. The mother hopped away as soon as I went outside but the joey lingered long enough for a pic at least.

Spot the kangaroo! I never can get close enough to get a good photo - they are so skittish - but this little guy was visiting our backyard today just on dusk. The mother hopped away as soon as I went outside but the joey lingered long enough for a pic at least.

Stage one of my garden steps is complete. I’ve picked up some more rocks to continue the pathway & then I need to fill the steps & path with a mixture of gravel & cement to finish.

We arrived back home from our holidays to find that after two weeks of good rain and warm weather, a lot of things had started sprouting…the plants, the weeds and this sweet potato left in the vegetable crisper. So this week I’m going to stick it in the ground and see if I can grow a sweet potato vine. More to come…

We arrived back home from our holidays to find that after two weeks of good rain and warm weather, a lot of things had started sprouting…the plants, the weeds and this sweet potato left in the vegetable crisper. So this week I’m going to stick it in the ground and see if I can grow a sweet potato vine. More to come…

beginnergardener:

Flowering Gum
My gardens like most, are broken up into areas and one of my favourites is the Australian native front yard. I have always loved Australian native birds and only since I have become interested in gardening have I been able to do anything about it.
The key to designing a bird-friendly garden is to create a multi-layered habitat of ground covers, rocks and logs. Followed by Small and medium shrubs (i.e. create density) and, where possible, trees that will provide year-round food and shelter locations. This doesn’t happen overnight but careful planning and patience will get me there. 
Creating a habitat for birds means creating a habitat for what they feed on and I’m more than happy to share my block of land with as much of the local wildlife that is interested in visiting.
This flowering gum looks quite unassuming until it bursts into colour come summer and at 8-10m tall, it will be a very popular meal ticket for our local parrots.

Stunning flowers…thanks for sharing! I planted one of these in my front garden about 5 months ago so hopefully I’ll get an equally stunning display in a few years time. Interestingly, most nurseries seem to sell the flowering gums for around $70 for a tree about 1 metre in height. I bought mine as a $2 tube stock at the local markets, so hopefully they grow quickly.

These water gardens seemed to be everywhere in Thailand…so simple yet so elegant.

These water gardens seemed to be everywhere in Thailand…so simple yet so elegant.

The start of a new coconut tree.

The start of a new coconut tree.

Mar 8
This is the iconic Buddha head entwined in the roots of a Banyan tree at the Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya. The temple was destroyed by the Burmese army in the 1700s with many of the Buddha images vandalised. There are a few theories on how it came to be, one being that nature simply saved the sacred image by cradling the head in the tree roots and lifting it off the ground.

This is the iconic Buddha head entwined in the roots of a Banyan tree at the Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya. The temple was destroyed by the Burmese army in the 1700s with many of the Buddha images vandalised. There are a few theories on how it came to be, one being that nature simply saved the sacred image by cradling the head in the tree roots and lifting it off the ground.

Mar 6
I’ve been pretty quiet on here the last couple of weeks because I’m currently on holidays in Thailand. Thought that I’d share some gardening/plant pics I’ve taken on my travels. Love this landscaped artwork - set on the steps of a hotel on a Bangkok street.

I’ve been pretty quiet on here the last couple of weeks because I’m currently on holidays in Thailand. Thought that I’d share some gardening/plant pics I’ve taken on my travels. Love this landscaped artwork - set on the steps of a hotel on a Bangkok street.

A coat of many colours… This beautiful visitor to my garden is a Joseph’s Coat Moth. Yes, not a butterfly but a moth! It paused on my lime tree just long enough to get a photo.

A coat of many colours… This beautiful visitor to my garden is a Joseph’s Coat Moth. Yes, not a butterfly but a moth! It paused on my lime tree just long enough to get a photo.