so, what has happened since late 2004
The garden has been re-designed with swales, stone fencing, a stone courtyard, a vegetable garden, a wetland, extensive plantings of indigenous and native trees, deciduous trees to the north, ornamental grapes and a copse of mulberries for shade as well as an almond, a quince, two figs, three lemons, three apples and a row of pomegranates.
There is an avenue of gums and plantings of perennials and grasses as a dry garden.
There is now also a woodshed and a compost bin.
Recently a box-privet hedge was added to the front apron for increased privacy. It joins the now-established, extensive saltbush hedging along the front of the property and the rosemary and pomegranate hedges around the vegetable garden.
Elm poles (saved from becoming mulch when the Chinese garden was constructed over the road ) have been ’planted’ as borders, a long metal planting table for gardening and special dinners sits under fairy lights in the dry garden and an outdoor bath has been be set up using the tin bath that came with the house.
Development of the seasonal wetland into a permanent watercourse awaits.