A couple of years ago, the horticulturalist decided that Beaumont House needed to show the evolving heritage of the garden by having a natives section. No one had time to work on it. The shape was made but everyone had to go back to the rest of the garden because of the functions planned. A couple of weeks ago, a few paths were mulched and the logs cut for the edges. Now it only had to grow but it has had a start at least. This first is a 'before' photo. The others are current.
The bottom right is last years' growth in the lower cottage garden. The other three photos were taken recently. The whole thing now looks like a real part of the Beaumont House garden rather than a rather sparse add on. The area is quiet and filled with birds and bees. The magpies are especially friendly, since I find good supplies of bugs and worms for them every week.
When I started doing the garden, the red shed area wasn't in my plan, but the red sheds are close to the road and I wanted the weeds out of there, at least. Then I started popping in spare plants that might be able to survive without water or tending. These are photos of the progression of a garden I don't have time to tend.The last was taken a couple of days ago when the irises that were put there to 'wait' began to bloom. It looks rather lovely at the moment, or at least not a weedy eyesore. You can click on the photos to see them full size.
The first photo is the naked shed after I built the makeshift rock wall. The second photo shows the first few cuttings and the wall a bit tumbled. The third was taken last year when I had put in quite a few cutting and had redone the wall. The last is a photo taken yesterday after a huge amount of rain. If I take one next week, I'll have a good picture of other succulent flowers that might be open by then.
I spent the morning working on the Beaumont House garden, doing last minute spot weeding for the open day on Sunday. The drive is newly gravelled. The farm gate has been installed. The rose trellises are about to be installed. All of the garden is mulched and weeded, and the Downer seat has been put in place. I wish we had another week, but we did well. I'm exhausted.
This is a gorgeous time of year for plants. The orange flowered vine is the Pandorea, which is a native plant we found when I began to clear that area.
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Beaumont House is a South Australian National Trust home built in 1839. I used to walk past the place often and think to myself that someone ought to do something about the garden.