Today the garden arches were reinstalled to their permanent positions. It takes a while before the arches seem to find a home that suits them but we are happy with their new locations now.
This is a very old set of calf bales that came from our farm. This is the second home in which it has been a garden arch. I'm going to try and grow a Hardenbergia over this one. It will be a bit tricky with the two giant gum trees sucking the nutrients and water out of the soil but worth a try.
As you walk through our front door you immediately see a large window which captures the views out over the flats. The architect achieved this by making an alcove between the main living area and the guest wing. This space also houses the hot-water service and the reverse-cycle air conditioner. It is an ideal place for pot plants. Throughout summer I keep pots with cuttings, begonias and anything that needs nurturing out of the hot sun. In winter it has turned into the fernery. Getting this area to look nice and to be functional took a couple of stages. See the progress below.
This was the final solution to the space. Weedmat underneath and these lovely grey and terracotta stone. Two, frost tender shrubs, have been planted into the ground between the aircon and the hot water service and seem very happy. The emu has been placed opposite the aircon as the fans create quite a blast of air, a bit too much for pot plants to tolerate. On the hottest of days we installed an umbrella to shade everything and you can still see the stand half way along. Just as the architect planned this has become a lovely space full of plants.
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