Front Semi-circular Garden Begins to Take Shape
Sunday, 06 Nov 11 Storms 28°C / 82°F
This garden is gradually getting underway.
After mowing back the grass I cleared the area along the front cyclone fencing as best I could of weeds and nuisance grasses. I have been transplanting heliconias from the northern side of the Rainwater Tank Food and Herb Garden to this bed. I have planted them from the northern end of this bed down towards the centre of the red Bougainvillea, from which point on Queensland Arrowroot was planted last year. The northern edge of the bed is on a gentle slope and has better drainage than the centre of the bed which becomes a swamp when we get prolonged torrential rainfall over days or weeks, or when cyclones descend upon us. I will watch the plants to see which tolerate waterlogging and which do not.
Between and behind the heliconias I have now planted Blue Flax Lily Dianella caerulea, which I obtained from a generous swap. I sought this plant for the folowing reasons:
- It will provide a thick mat of leaves along the fenceline, screening the garden from the roadway at ground level to about a metre in height, thereby providing security for the ducks.
- It will withstand both drought and occasional innundation (dry and wet seasons)
- It is an Australian native plant
- It will attract wildlife, birdlife in particular, to its berries
- The ducks will probably enjoy munching on the berries, too
- It will grow and spread, taking up ground (and hopefully outcompeting the grass) in an area that is near impossible to mow in the wet season.
At the edge nearest the house I had earlier transplanted some lilies that had been given to me by a friend. These have started to flower and turn out to be quite beautiful hippeastrums. They obviously like this new spot as they had been sitting in another bed for well over a year with never a flower on them.
This bed still has a long way to go, but at least it’s a start.