97/366: renovating the renovation


I was never entirely happy with this spot near the porch, (from my blog 53/366 “gotta love those pebbles”), so when I purchased a new cream concrete bench on ebay last week, it was time to renovate the renovation.

My plan was to hide the pipes from the now defunct watering system. Though the water restrictions are relaxed now, in Melbourne we pay for water we use.  Therefore, if we can conserve it, it’s good for both the environment and the wallet.

This surface was a bit too speckled for my liking, so I decided to alter it.

Dabbing paint on with a stencil brush was not very successful..

Perhaps this called for a proper coat of paint, to match the timber on the porch? I used Dulux Weathershield in Colorbond Wheat.

That was much better, but I left the edges speckled for variety, and to help co-ordinate with the supports.

After pruning the Greenstead Magnificent to allow room to sit comfortably, I re-used some rocks from other parts of the garden to form a border for the stones.

Now all that was left to do was open up my ten bags of river pebbles and spread them out over layers of newspaper to prevent weeds getting through.

This time I am very satisfied with the result.

92/366: greenstead not so magnificent

Another problem caused by our extended trip overseas in 2011 came in the form of the lovely little Greenstead Magnificent in the back yard being swamped by the ubiquitous seaside daisy.If I had remembered that I had planted it there, when we returned last October I could have easily trimmed around it, rescuing it before getting to this sad stage.

C’est la vie. The choice between having a healthy Greenstead Magnificent or going around the world for ten weeks is actually no choice at all.

Now let’s see if this plant can manage to regenerate. I shall keep you posted!

34/366: greenstead magnificent

I am not boasting with this title, as this is the actual name of the plant about which I write. In 1998 we refurbished our front garden after building a garage, changing the plain concrete driveway and path to coloured pressed concrete.

We planted this beautiful little specimen, Greenstead Magnificent, which is a standard plant. The top is grafted on a sturdy base to create a weeping effect.

Little did we know how large it would grow. Fourteen years later I have to constantly prune it so that it doesn’t grow over the path. And it’s not something you can ruthlessly cut back because I would then be left with bare branches. Then because I prune it, it has encouraged higher growth, which is a little disappointing for the overall effect.

Sometimes I wish that you could freeze a plant in time at the size and shape that you liked best, but that is not to be. I still love the grey-green foliage it produces,  also providing some privacy for the front porch.