173/366: the upper bluestone bed

Back in the 90’s, prior to the construction of the bluestone-edged steps, we had planted out the upper bluestone bed. They say Rome wasn’t built in a day, and in our garden this is very much the rule. In this case the whole procedure took months to complete, tackling one segment at a time.

Later, with the addition of some beautiful, bright marigolds, this section of the garden was complete. On any list of things to do, as soon as one thing is completed, another item or two suddenly appears on the bottom of said list. Ironic, isn’t it?

136/366: planting out the lower bluestone bed

Creating a new garden is always so satisfying, although sometimes the spaces left between the plants can look really empty. A few short years later though, you find out if you did actually allow enough growing room.

After our first bluestone wall was constructed, we planted out the lower bed first.

The nandina in the centre of the bed is still thriving; a lovely mass of colour.

Looking down towards the house from the top tier of the back yard, while it was still a grassed area, you can see the garden taking shape. Next project: the upper bluestone bed. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day.


127/366: the first bluestone wall

Sleepers separated the lower and middle tiers on the eastern side of the property, while we had left the western side until we could afford a bluestone wall. The sleeper retaining wall was our first major job in the back yard in 1988. (57/366: let the bobcat begin)

Originally, my design was a straight line across the block dividing the levels. The plan was modified during those few intervening years. Sometimes delayed gratification pays off, as my ideas had time to evolve into the use of curves and angles to make it more interesting.

Hiring an expert in a project of such proportions is highly recommended. As I drove around neighbouring suburbs, I found a wall that was beautifully done, so I enquired within, thus finding out the name and number of Derek, (Garner the Gardener).

Credit goes to Derek for his idea of creating a lower garden incorporated in the design. His craftsmanship was superb. So finally, in December 1991, the first bluestone wall was built. Still standing solidly twenty-one years later, we have never regretted for one minute the expense of  its construction.