On the Verandah #2

Found at a kerbside clean-up, this lovely little cupboard makes a wonderful storage unit for small gardening tools, gloves, and potting equipment.
Also used as a convenient table near the back door on which to place a cup of tea or a snack, this unit has become a favourite addition to our verandah.

This old metal sculpture (which belongs to our daughter) is an interesting addition to the brick wall.  Showing its age with rust spots, the cross -which is  decorated with ivy leaves – is quite unique.  The whimsical  insect with its long legs and bug eyes, was added for a touch of fun.

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Design and transformation: Our amazing new verandah

In 2012, when we moved into our new house, the rear garden was accessed by this rather dark patio area. Only suitable for storage – and several steps down from the floor level of our house – we decided a transformation was necessary.

After drawing up plans for a raised verandah with a polycarbonate roof – to let more light into some very dark rooms – we contacted a local builder who began the transformation.
The roof line was pared back and a new gutter was installed to match the existing gutters. Luckily, there was a nicely built block wall which the new deck could butt up against.

The deck height was able to be raised to just below the inside floor level, making it a pleasure to walk outside.
Posts were erected to support the pergola style roof and new hardwood (spotted gum) timber decking was installed.

The finished verandah makes an enjoyable extension to our home and has brought much needed light into the rooms at the rear of our house, as well as connecting us to the garden.

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Bee Hotel

Bee hotels can encourage native bees to your garden.  Ours is made from untreated hardwood, interesting pieces of bark, some gum nuts and a few Banksia seed pods.  Suspended in a sheltered position (under the roof of our  verandah), we have noticed many small visitors buzzing in and out of the varying sized holes which have been drilled in the hardwood.
Native bee habitat is beneficial for pollination in your garden, and you can help by encouraging bees.  There is often a shortage of suitable nesting places and building materials, so native bees will readily take up “artificial” housing if you provide it.

Some new inhabitants are checking out the bee hotel in our garden.

Above left: Trying to find the best accommodation
Above right: Safely inside
(Click on the images – view image – for a close up.)


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