We show you how to transform a tree house into an amazing mini Buddha house, adorned with bamboo screening! The before and after results of this DIY small garden makeover will blow you away, and give you lots of great landscaping ideas. Why not renovate your garden to make use of those neglected spaces!
HOW WE DID IT: The original tree house was used by our grandchildren as a fort, café and schoolhouse. Now that they’ve grown older, we decided it was time for a makeover.
We trimmed, then removed, the cardamon growing along the front, and demolished the front wall to open up the space. The half logs that had formed the front wall were cut down, and used to screen the gap that the cardamon had left.
The Buddha statue was placed on a large sandstone plinth, and bamboo screening now adorns the walls. When you look at the before and after pictures, the finished effect is stunning.
Music: “Serenity” by Aakash Gandhi (YouTube audio library)
In The Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney NSW, the Calyx space has been transformed into yet another amazing exhibition: Plants with Bite.
With the largest vertical floral wall in the Southern Hemisphere and over 18,000 plants, and another 25,000 plants at ground level, this is a spectacular sight.
Featuring carnivorous plants and glass artworks the exhibition has free entry and is well worth a visit.
Enjoy the video as you listen to the music of:
Digital Memories by Unicorn Heads.
(YouTube audio library)
Other people’s gardens are often a delight to view and are a great source of ideas to implement in your own garden. My sister’s garden (pictured above) is no exception.
A beautiful red urn nestled amongst the greenery, and beside a small Buddha, adds colour to this courtyard garden.
The Euphorbia Lipstick, also known as the ‘crown of thorns’, looks stunning with its hot pink blooms and large green leaves. Flowering for most of the year, this euphorbia is a nice addition to any garden.
Growing happily in a pot, this hydrangea has just produced a pretty light pink bloom, which seems at first glance to be an artificial silk flower. On the same plant is an older bloom which is changing into pretty autumn colours.
Violas, which flower in a wide range of colours, have a soft, old fashioned look that complements this large basket.
A very hardy hedging plant which tolerates dry periods, the duranta has been trimmed as a hedge behind this decorative garden seat.
Marigolds are great plants for brightening up any garden. Easy to grow, they will continue to flower for months. Deadhead frequently to ensure continuous blooming, collect and dry the spent flowers and you can sow fresh seeds next year.
This ornamental bird cage, too small to house birds, is ideal for planting some succulents.
Ideal for containers, baskets and gardens, our white Euphorbia always seems to be in flower.
Easy to propagate by carefully removing a rooted section and replanting, these pretty little plants will soon fill a bare space in the garden.
The narrow spaces beside the house and side fence are usually out of sight and out of mind. Ours was no exception and became an unruly mess, full of tangled weeds. A redeeming feature was an edging of mondo grass, which – as it can tolerate almost anything – was still thriving underneath the weeds. My grandson decided that it was time for a makeover and after much digging, tugging and cutting, he had cleared the area. A thick layer of newspaper, three bags of pine bark, some strategically placed bush rocks and the result was a side path to be proud of.