G'day. I dug this garden bed out some time ago now and a few days after doing it, we had the mother of all storms and it all washed away. I was not impressed.
This bed was all my own doing and the digging was hard work, not to mention that it took a few hours of solid toil.
digging and scratching the mulch up and it ended up everywhere and I was forever raking it back onto the bed.
I decided to have a talk to the gardener at work and she advised me to get rid of the mulch and lay rock down, which is exactly what I have done. I told hubby of my plan and that we would need to get a truck load of rocks in, but bless his heart, he told me that he can get as much rock as I wanted for free, providing that he load it all himself. Now, poor hubby takes the trailer and loads all the rock on with a shovel or for the bigger pieces, just his bare hands. This is seriously hard yakka. So far there have been about four trailer loads and the job is still not over. This garden bed was finished after this photo was taken, but, there are other garden beds that now need the rock treatment, much to hubby's dismay. To be fair, I should tell you that when the full trailer load is home, I, my dear readers, do my bit of hard yakka also and barrow the rock to it's designated area and unload it myself. Sometimes if hubby is home, he will fill the barrow and wheel it to me for me to disperse of it's contents. Slowly we are getting the garden beds done. I was not sure how all the rock gardens would look, but must say that I am really pleased now and even hubby commented today on how good it looks.
This bed has Native Iris, which has purple and white flowers.Buddleja (butterfly bush) this has beautiful purple flowers that hang in clusters.Salvia "Hot Lips",this glorious bush is one of my favourites, it's flowers are two toned, red and white, plus there are a few other little bushes. When they all grow, it should look very nice and will really brighten up this area. To try to green the lawn up and cover the bare patches, I have thrown copious amounts of grass seed around and I have learned that it pays not to throw it willy nilly, as it gets into areas where I don't want it and I now have lovely little green grass shoots popping up in other nearby garden areas. A lesson was learned there. Take care. Liz...