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Things Are Happening Under The New Pergola ... Finally!

Friday, 06 Apr 12 Cloudy 30°C / 86°F

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The pergola area beside my Courtyard Garden underwent major changes last year after Cyclone Yasi rendered the existing pergola unsafe. The entire structure had to be torn down and re-built.

That meant every plant that was growing in that space had to be cut back almost to the ground – the Jasminum climber, the two Hibiscus schizopetalus shrubs, the Palms, the Petrea volubilis vine, the Allamanda climber, and all the ferns and Walking Iris. It was heart-breaking having to do that job.

The Jasminum officinale had grown up and covered almost the entire roof of the old pergola … an area of approximately 7 metres x 5 metres. It was cut back to a stump of around a metre and a half in height. Well, finally it’s flowered again, and is now looking quite healthy. It has a long way to go before it covers the new pergola roof, but I’m pleased to see the blooms once more.

The two Hibiscus schizopetalus shrubs were around 5 metres in height and their pendulous branches had reached out over two corners of the old pergola to a distance of around the same. They were cut back to stumps of less then half a metre in height. They have both started blooming again, but are now only around a metre and a half in height and way less than that in width.

The Petrea volubilis vine has come back slowly, but still has a long way to go. As does the climbing Allamanda. I’ve also now added a Jade Vine to another corner of the new pergola structure, and I can’t wait until I see the mix of purple, light green and yellow blooms from these three climbers.

I’ve also added quite a few new plantings in the space at the back of the new pergola. There’s a Wrightia, two Spathoglottis plicatas, a few different Salvias, Ipomea batatas creeper, a Dietes grandiflora, a Eucharis grandiflora and a few Bromeliads. All new plantings have settled in well and seem to be coming along nicely.

I still have to replace the rotting boards around the pond area, and then clean out the pond and start adding some plants, but at the moment I’m pleased with the progress in this area next to my courtyard garden.

Main photo: the Jasminum officinale is returning
Photo 1: Hibiscus schizopetalus at one end of the new pergola structure
Photo 2: new plantings in the area at the back of the pergola
Photo 3: looking across to the pond area under the newly erected pergola
Photo 4: Jasminum officinale bloom

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Comments

  • Sue_McMuffin09

    Sue_McMuffin09 wrote:

    I would imagine its very nice having some blooms again after the cyclone… no wonder your happy…:)

    Posted on 07 Apr 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    Thanks Sue, yes it’s terrific to see the Jasmine flowers again, and also to see the other plants doing so well after their ordeal last year.

    Posted on 07 Apr 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • anelson

    anelson wrote:

    looks like stuff grew back fast! what a lovely space.

    Posted on 07 Apr 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    Anelson, the come-back has seemed slow to me, but I guess it hasn’t really been that slow. It is a lovely space, but it’s not back to its former glory just yet. Another year and I’ll be happy with it!

    Posted on 07 Apr 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • macchick

    macchick wrote:

    Beautiful! I want a pergola too, I have yet to convince him yet to build me one.

    Posted on 07 Apr 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • orientallily

    orientallily wrote:

    It looks like a lovely, peaceful retreat. Oh, and the the jasmine… just the thought of it makes me want to start sniffing the air.

    Posted on 07 Apr 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Tralamander

    Tralamander wrote:

    Another load of weird new plants I’ve never heard of! Great job on that space, it looks gorgeous. :)

    Posted on 07 Apr 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    Thanks Macchick, Orientallily and Tralamander.

    Macchick, the pergola is a great little spot next to my courtyard. I would definitely recommend one to ‘him’!!!

    Orientallily, the perfume of the Jasmine is usually a summertime treat, but things are out of whack a little this year. We’ll see if there are flowers later in the year as well.

    Tralamander, it’s a work in progress but I’m looking forward to seeing it come along a little more very soon.

    Posted on 07 Apr 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • rosemarieGardener

    rosemarieGardener wrote:

    Interesting for me to be reading the journal of an Australian gardener. Sooooo exotic.

    Posted on 08 Apr 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    That’s exactly how I feel, Rosemarie, when I read the writings and see the photos of northern hemisphere gardeners, and also those who garden in the more temperate areas of Australia. It’s all so vastly different and fascinating.

    Posted on 08 Apr 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • flowerweaver

    flowerweaver wrote:

    The new pergola looks wonderful! Your garden has made an amazing comeback since the cyclone. The drought changed a lot of things around here, too, but things (for now) seem to be rebounding. Like you, the loss of trees is providing a little more sun and wildflowers have moved themselves around accordingly!

    Posted on 08 Apr 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    Hi Flowerweaver. Yes I’ve been fairly well pleased with the recovery all over the property really. I’m so glad to hear things are coming back for you too. Having had lots of experience with very long periods, sometimes years, of drought, I know just how hard it is for the garden and the gardener. The loss of trees does indeed cause change. It’s never dull in the garden is it?

    Posted on 09 Apr 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Amarylis

    Amarylis wrote:

    Great to see how your garden is recovering from the devastating effects of last year’s cyclone! That pergola will look fantastic by next year I imagine, Bernieh! Although you had to cut back your climbers so drastically as they were well established plants they will no doubt respond very well to the drastic “pruning”!

    We have a Jasmine growing in our living room. It’s been trained up & around the Dragon tree we have in a corner of the living room. There is a small window there & the Dragon tree has lived there for around 10 years or so. The Jasmine has been there for about a year. I bought it for my wife’s birthday a year or so ago. When the flowers finished I put it into a bigger pot & hoped it would like being with the Dragon tree, unfortunately it hasn’t appreciated the warmth & dryness of the living room air during the winter & most of the foliage has died off & the plant looks awful now! Once the weather becomes warmer I’ll cut it back & put it outside on the balcony.

    We had a very big plant in one of the flats where we lived in Spain & my wife has never forgotten it!

    Posted on 09 Apr 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    Fingers crossed your Jasmine comes back bigger and better, Amarylis. They are such a brilliant plant to have, whether it be indoors or outdoors. I’ve been well pleased with the recovery of mine. I just get a little impatient sometimes with the amount of re-growth during the ‘dry’ season.

    Posted on 09 Apr 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • LouiseM

    LouiseM wrote:

    It’s looking gorgeous and sooo luscious! Looking at your jasmine, I’m starting to think mine needs a severe prune as it’s got woody, gnarled and not that “flowery”. So happy for you that things are starting to recover and looking great. Onwards and upwards!

    Posted on 10 Apr 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    Thanks Louise, yes definitely onwards and upwards … especially for the climbers and shrubs around the pergola that were cut right back, lol! Maybe it is time for your Jasmine to have a severe haircut. The new growth on mine is just looking so healthy and there’s more and more blooms appearing every day, even though the blooming is out of season.

    Posted on 10 Apr 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Jarrah_Jungle

    Jarrah_Jungle wrote:

    Bit by bit you’ll get there and be enjoying an icy cold beer underneath your pergola in no time!

    Posted on 10 Apr 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Bernieh

    Bernieh wrote:

    Huh, Jarrah, hubbie’s already been out there enjoying a tinnie at the end of the working day. It’s now so much more enjoyable sitting out in the courtyard beside the soon-to-be-good-looking pergola area.

    Posted on 10 Apr 12 (over 2 years ago)

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