Real World Gardener BETTER Garden Walkways in Design Elements

June 8th, 2017

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DESIGN ELEMENTS

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Up the Garden Path, Softly

 

Today’s garden challenge is for those gardeners that don’t want hard surface garden paths.

 

Concrete, brick or 

other types of paving for paths 

can be a bit harsh in areas 

where the garden is quite natural.

What do you opt for then?

 

Perhaps mulch?

 

Mulch decomposes rather quickly and you end up raking some up when you're trying to get rid of those leaves from branches that hang over the path.

 

Leaves that don't look attractive are usually from trees in the Proteaceae family, such as Madacdamia or Ivory Curl tree, 

because they're quite hard and take a long time to break down.

 

But there are other alternatives, although not necessarily ones that you can do yourself unless you're really handy with the compactor.

 

 

 

In this segment, garden designer Peter Nixon explores some softer alternatives.

Let’s find out…I'm talking with Peter Nixon, garden designer and Peter’s not a fan of pebbles on paths.

 

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Scampston Garden in England. photo M Cannon

 

Instead why not try a combo of bark chips and shell grit, or decomposed granite, perhaps lillydale topping and bark or woody mulch.

You would need to run the plate compactor over these surfaces to compact the path.

If you have any questions about what to do for your garden paths in your garden, or have some information to share, write in realworldgardener@gmail.com

 
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Real World Gardener Australian Garden Idea in Garden History

May 25th, 2017

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GARDEN HISTORY

The Australian Garden Idea

Australians love to travel, more so now than ever before.

Often in our travels we love to see other gardens, whether in passing or on purpose.

We might fall in love with a particular plant of group of plants or we might want to copy a particular style.

In the early days of Australia, a lot of gardens were influenced by gardens overseas, particularly England and Europe, but more recently the influence has shifted to Asian gardens like Bali or Polynesia.

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Australian Garden entry Chelsea Flower

Show photo M Cannon

So then you have to ask the question, what makes an Australian garden?

Let’s find out.. I'm talking with Stuart Read, Landscape Historian and on the National Management Committee of the Australian Garden History Society.

 

PLAY: Australia Garden Idea_17th May 2017

Australia’s amount of sunlight, type of soil and drier climate has meant that we’ve had to adapt garden design so that it can survive.

Stuart says Australians want to produce the look, but what that is, we're not quite sure of.

Does a garden have to have Australian plants to be an Australian garden? Possibly.

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Australian Garden entry Chelsea Flower

Show photo M Cannon

However many European plants blend in quite well, and these days, Plant Breeders in Europe are growing new or different forms of Australian plants and shipping them back to Australia.

Minimalism has been in vogue for the last twenty years in Australia, however, Stuart points out that it was actually started in the mid 17th Century by Georgian gardens.

Of course gardens in Tasmania and Victoria can emulate the English garden reasonably easily, to the envy of northern gardeners.

 

If you have any questions what makes an Australian garden or have some information to share, drop us a line to or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675 and I’ll send you a packet of seeds.

 
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Real World Gardener Create an Outdoor Room in Design Elements

May 19th, 2017

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DESIGN ELEMENTS

Outdoor Rooms-Including the Kitchen Sink

 

Whatever you think an outdoor room is, it’s probably not going to have all the bells and whistles of the kitchen you have in your house.

But, say your outdoor eating space is best at the back of the yard or down a flight of stairs, what do you do then?

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Australia is too sunny to always be eating indoors so you might think about doing a bit more than the good ole’ BBQ.

Let’s find out?

 

PLAY: Outdoor rooms_10th May 2017

 

That was Matt Leacy Principal Landscape Designer and Director of Landart Landscapes.

 

You may not want to go the whole hogg of fridge, dishwasher and fancy BBQ in your outdoor room, but I think the Pizza oven sounds like a great idea. 

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Soon you’ll be making your own pizza dough, and buying a pizza peel, that’s one of those wooden or metal spatula type implements that puts your pizza into the pizza oven.

Whatever you do in your outdoor room, don’t forget the garden.

 

An outdoor room without a garden is just to droll to contemplate.

If you have any questions about outdoor rooms write in to realworldgardener@gmail.com

 
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Real World Gardener Pool Trends in Design Elements

May 10th, 2017

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DESIGN ELEMENTS

Pool Trends

 

From pools that seem to abound around urban gardens, they all look pretty much the same.

These days, people are going for the glass fencing, concrete surround and blue tiles for the pool floor.

 

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Black tiles in KifsgateGarden, England photo M Cannon

So what else can pool lovers do?

 

Let’s find out? I'm talking wiht Matt Leacy Principal Director and Landscape Designer from Landart Landscapes.

 

PLAY: Pool Trends_3rd May 2017

 

Pool tiling trends really go from one extreme to the other – either dark, close to black tiles or completely white.

“With a complete white tiled pool you get a really natural water colour,” Matt Leacy says.

“A black pool will give you a certain amount of elegance and can sort of act as a reflector.

If you want a point of difference to your pool that’s a great option.” 

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Not enough space for a pool this big?

Patterned tiles running along the water’s edge have also seen a resurgence.

And if you don’t have a big backyard, don’t be like some urban households with small backyards who still put in large pools instead of opting for a small plunge pool or custom made spa.

 
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Real World Gardener Colour For Autumn Around Australia in Design Elements

April 24th, 2017

DESIGN ELEMENTS

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Plectranthus ecklonii

Plants for Colour in Autumn in All Climate Zones Around Australia.

 

Are you thinking about annuals when it comes to choosing colour for Autumn?

Perhaps you have a tree with spectacular Autumn colour?

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Camellia "Star Above Star"

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Lavatera maritima

Whatever you decide, there’s always one more thing that you can add to bring in extra zing to your garden.

 

Let’s find out what’s the best colour for Autumn in your district.

I'm talking with Peter Nixon, Director of Paradisus Garden Design. 

www.peternixon.com.au 

 

 

Don’t just think of showy flowers like annuals, but perennials whether sub-shrubs, small trees.

Don’t you just want to rush out and get Camellia Start Above Star which is not the normal variety of Camellia?

Peter of course mentioned quite a few choices for various climates around Australia.

  • Warm coastal zones-Plectranthus ecklonii, a sub-shrub.
  • Cooler Gardens-Camellia vernalis "Star Above Star.
  • Tropical gardens-Syzygium wilsonii, the Powder Puff Lilly Pilly
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Real World Gardener Colour Trends in Design Elements

April 17th, 2017

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Fashion Colour Trends for Your Garden!

But did you know that there is a colour trend for plants as well.
Green of course is part of that colour trend, but if you’re yet to pick a colour scheme, or don’t have one, or just want to change from year to year, you may well just want to follow the fashion trend in your garden.

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Let’s find out this years trends.
I'm talking with Matt Leacey, Landscape Designer and Principal Director of Landscapes Landart.

PLAY: Colour Trends in the landscape_12 April 2017

Matt has an established career in the landscape design industry, and is the current President of the LNA Master Landscapers Association.

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He also co-hosted Nine’s Garden Gurus and three seasons of Domestic Blitz.
Matt likes dark deep colours for outdoor structures, like walls, fencing, the house.
For plants he likes a lot of lush green foliage punctuated with silver foliage.

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Real World Gardener Getting Your Garden Ready For Autumn part 4 in Design Elements

April 14th, 2017

DESIGN ELEMENTS

Garden Jobs in Autumn-Don't Forget The Lawn.

This is the final in the final of the 4 part series on what jobs you should be doing in y

our garden during Autumn.

So don’t procrastinate, spend a bit of time each day to get through what seems to be rather a big workload that seems to be the gardener’s lot during this pleasant gardening season.

Let’s find out what preparation you need to do for your lawn .

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Lawns need maintenance in Autumn photo M Cannon

I'm talking with Glenice Buck consulting arborist and landscape designer from www.glenicebuckdesigns.com.au

The big tip from Glenice was don’t cut your lawn back too hard so that it can replenish itself, because as the weather cools, growth on most plants has slowed down.

While you're at it, yo might as well do the lawn edges.

Then the next thing is to aerate the lawn with a garden fork or those weirdo sandaly things you can strap to your shoes that have spikes. A bit like golf shoes?

Finally, give the lawn some fertiliser, whatever you like really.

 

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Lawns in W.A. photo M Cannon

There's even lawn fertiliser that claim don't need to be watered in.

If you have any questions about where to get Autumn gardening, drop us a line to realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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Real World Gardener 11th February 2017

April 7th, 2017

DESIGN ELEMENTS

What To Do In The Autumn Garden? Mulching

Do you mulch your garden? I hope you all answered, yes?

If you do what sort do you use?

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Homemade mulch using an Hansa chipper. photo M Cannon

 Do you use black plastic, pebbles, gravel, scoria?

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Paths needing mulching photo M Cannon

Or do you use pine bark fines, leaf mulch, or your own shredded green waste?

There’s quite a few to choose from and quite a few to steer away from.

Let’s find out why.

PLAY: Getting Your Garden Ready for Autumn Part 2_22nd March 2017

That was Glenice Buck consulting arborist and landscape designer from www.glenicebuckdesigns.com.au

The reasons for mulching is to keep the soil moist when it’s hot, and to keep the soil warm when it’s dry, in other words, it’s keeping the soil temperature constant. 

Mulch keeps weeds at bay

Mulch is a good all round gardening task, but mulches free of viable weed seeds, such as leaves, good compost, and wood chips are best.

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Real World Gardener Part 2 of Autumn Gardening in Design Elements

March 30th, 2017

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NEW SERIES ON AUTUMN GARDENING

Autumn Planting

I’m sure you’ve heard before that Autumn is one of the best times to get planting especially for native plants.

The reason is the roots will be able to put on some real growth before the winter months, and will be ready to get growing once Spring hits.

 

Let’s find out what preparation you need to do.

I'm talking with Glenice Buck consulting arborist and landscape designer from www.glenicebuckdesigns.com.au

PLAY: Getting Your Garden Ready for Autumn Part 3_29th March 2017

 

If you’ve already got some plants that are thriving in your garden, and you have spaces to fill, a good idea is to choose plants that are similar, or from the same family but perhaps with a different flower or foliage colour.

Yes the soil temperature is still warm enough to get good results with new plants and also get the plants in the ground and settled before the following summer months.

What are some tips for planting out new beds?

You need to remove all weeds and or grass from the area to be planted out – then you need to dig over the soil and see what the condition of the soil is – do you need to add more organic matter etc.

 

Glenice says "I always look at what plants I have growing in other areas of the garden – to see what I can lift an divide or if there is a plant not doing so well – if it would do better in the new bed. 

For species selection I also look at what has really thrived in the garden and try and pick either more of the same species – could be in a different colour or even something which is related to that plant."

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Real World Gardener NEW Garden History an Introduction

March 30th, 2017

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Introduction to the Garden History Society

Many people might consider that Australia is too young a country to have historic gardens.

I daresay that's true when compared with England where there are beautiful gardens as featured in this photo, which I took when visiting a few years ago.

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photo M Cannon

However,, there is a Historic House Trust in Australia, and with them there are historic gardens.

Some of them have fallen to neglect and some have been restored or are in the process of being restored by members of the "Garden History Society."

So it would seem that there are indeed many historic houses in Australia, and there are plenty of early 20th century houses which would look so much nicer with a complimentary garden.

There are also hidden gems in our country which aren’t normally open to the public, so how can we see them.

Let’s find out what the "Garden History Society" is and how we can see hidden gems..

I'm talking with Stuart Read, Landscape Historian and member of the national management committee of the www.gardenhistorysociety.org.au

There are branches around Australia of the Australian Garden History Society, but you don’t have to be a member to go along to one of their talks, activities or events.

If you have any questions about the History of Australian gardens, drop us a line to realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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