SHARON'S GARDEN

Sharon (on staff) had her garden featured in the weekly paper, and customers have commented how they would like to see more photos. Here is a Photo Essay of Sharons' (on staff) garden.


OUTDOOR LIVING
Outdoor living is important in a garden. As it is a space family and friends can enjoy the garden you have created. Here is our outdoor seating area, next to the turtle pond. A cool spot to sit on a hot summer evening, under several mature cabbage trees.

Just below the umbrella (in picture) A Richard Special Mandarin tree can be seen that provides a good crop of easy to peel mandarins. These are upright growing trees, and don't spread so much. Perfect for a small space.


POND
The turtle pond, which houses 3 nosey turtles.

A couple of reed sculptures can be seen poking out from  the island in the pond.

A weeping mulberry tree can be seen at the back, beyond the stone edging.
TURTLES
My turtles are often taking a little walk about the garden, with the chicken following close behind.


SEATING
Seating can be a feature via using lines of site.
This seat has a path leading to it, and plantings on either side are textured and dramatic.

The seat is recycled and made from an upturned, old laundry tub. Dwarf peaches are in the foreground, flanking the path. A 'Smoke Tree' that provides amazing autumn colour, overhangs the peach tree on the left.

SEATING
Seating is important in any garden as you want to encourage users to feel safe, happy and comfortable throughout the day. Here is an afternoon shady nook. You will notice seats have shrubs behind them, this helps users to feel safe.

On the right is a Liquidambar Gumball. The variegated shrub on the left is a rhododendron. Note the moss tea cup planter surviving well outside.

ENTRANCE TO THE SECRET GARDEN
The door to the secret garden is a recycled glass door. Which also helps to keeps the chicken and turtles in. It was important to create a frame around the door using plants, to soften the built form.

Chinese Star Jasmin creeps up the wall on the left and a couple of Pittosporum trees planted on both sides of the door, meet at the top to frame the right side.

RECYCLED GLASSHOUSE
My glasshouse made totally from recycled windows, lovingly crafted together by my hubby.

I grow my tomatoes and capsicums in here, as well as any cuttings I have on the go.

HOME MADE PALLET PLANTER
Made by myself (no help from hubby).
It was a quick project and took about about half a day, including painting. I painted this red so when the strawberries are fruiting, they are easily camouflaged, and protected against birds feeding on them. It works fantastically.Strawberries and flowers are directly planted  into each shelf.