The Landscaping for the Fibro Beach Shack was finally started on the weekend. The removal of the big tree that was close to the front steps was a major hurdle, it's gnarly big branches twisted high above the overhead power lines and it's diseased and rotted trunk made the job a tricky one. Firstly consulting and finding the right Arborist, then the task of planning with Ausgrid and the local community to have the power cut whilst we bought this old girl down.
Thinking about the plan for the landscape design was really fun. I made lots of sketches from my memory of Gold Coast beach houses we owned and holidayed in when I was a child. When I collated the drawings they had a strong link, each drawing had a playful and whimsical element, a winding path, statues, bird baths, brightly painted garden seats and yes, I admit we had a pair of flaming pink flamingoes and a white tyre swan with red hot lips. With a playful garden design in mind, next I had come up with a solution for the driveway which has to be functional as well as attractive. With playful in mind, I decided on using river pebbles for the driveway and the curvy path. The path will meander from the drivewat across the front garden and around the existing camellia tree. The river pebbles are perfect for creating a retro look and make such a delicious crunchy sound when you walk on them. Rowan will love this!
Brilliant sunny skies over the weekend (Woe! The sun really reflects off the yellow) and we were able to complete all the hard landscaping. If you are doing the DIY, you will need to buy a spray can of paint to draw your plan onto the ground.
I am so happy with the outcome. Perfect retro garden styling. I have a colourful retro inspired plant list and hopefully they will arrive for a big planting day next weekend.
To continue the retro vibe on the front porch I have sourced an eclectic collection of retro cement pots. A quick coat of any left over white paint and they are ready to be potted with a selection of succulents including lots of my favourite, strappy plant, the 'Mother In Laws Tongue'.
What did Rowan do? He loved playing in the pebble pit.......and eating baskets of strawberries.
A change of clothes and a walk to the beach..."POOL", he squeels!
A play in the park and he always tricks me he is going to come down the slide.
He thinks about it, considers it and then yell's..."NAAAN..NAAAA"
Soccer or Rugby?
And back to the river pebbles........I knew Rowan would love the delcious crunchy sound the pebbles make under his feet under his little feet!
And time for bed.
If you are new to my blog you might like to see the before pics here and when I started the renovation here.