Australia Day – 26th January – is a day to spend with family and friends. While having a picnic near the water, we enjoyed fresh tiger prawns and a wonderful view.
The Australian flag is proudly flying near our pool garden.
Our Chinese star jasmine is in full bloom and beautifully frames our Buddha and house pagoda. Bamboo panels, erected to mask the fence, make a nice backdrop and add a calming effect. The ornamental ducks add movement – as the wind blows, they are constantly moving, and surprisingly always seem to be in a little group.
My pottery house pagoda fits in nicely with the Chinese star Jasmine and a Dianella. The ceramic elephant – one of a pair we found at a kerbside cleanup – makes a good ornament in our pool area; this one is near a pot of Indian Hawthorn. A Dietes – flowering after rain – looks pretty with this dainty mauve ground cover.
As the area surrounding our pool was very uninteresting, we built some raised gardens using coloured steel panels and pine sleepers, then filled the garden beds with 1½ cubic meters of compost enriched soil. The plants we selected included – Blueberry Ash, Photinia, Murraya (orange jessamine), Polygala, Strelizia (bird of paradise), Dietes and Rosemary. We mass planted beside the fence on the north boundary with Chinese star jasmine. A few garden ornaments, a Flowering Ash and pots of Indian hawthorn and long leaf Fig – ficus neriifolia – or (willow leaf fig), add interest and soften the area.