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Wednesday
Jul272016

My raised vegetable and herb garden

Last summer my husband decided to build a garden in our backyard. It was not planned out and in the end I was really not happy with the quick and dirty execution of it. Basically it looked like crap. (No offense husband dearest!) This summer I insisted he destroy the existing garden and WE come up with a plan for something much more aesthetically pleasing. We did a quick google image search one day for raised garden beds and came across a photo very quickly that we both loved. It was essentially a big rectangle with an area cut out in the middle to walk around in. Simple yet a great layout. And let me say right off the bat that if you're thinking of building a garden GO WITH A RAISED GARDEN. Weeding is actually FUN when it's not back-breaking!

We found a super resource of cedar so we went with unplaned cedar to keep the cost down (in the end it cost about $380, and the garden is about 6' wide and 18' long). The wet spot above may or may not be me having just hosed down cat pee. 

We placed it against the side of our garage (that one day in the not so distant future needs replacing). We have grand plans of building a screened in gazebo type shed thingy next to it so we can hang out with the cats and not have to tie them up with leashes/harnesses. 

This garden is fairly large but aside from the gazebo and a larger back porch we don't really need anything else back here. Note the random ferns. They are all over our property. I had no idea they grow like weeds. Best looking weeds out there I'd say! 

The wood on this side of the garage was rotting so husband found something called plytanium. It's an outdoor wood with grooves to look like planks. I decided to hell with it, we would leave it unpainted and I don't care that it doesn't match the rest of the white garage because at least it blends in with the garden. I thought that would make a prettier, more organic backdrop although the plants have grown so big in the few weeks since they were planted that it doesn't show much anyway. 

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Tuesday
Jul192016

Sun trap

A small but stylish garden in inner city Melbourne by Eckersley Garden Architecture. Pool, lush creepers, old Ash tree and privacy define the rear space while a simpler enclosed courtyard with over-scaled stone walls and limited planting makes the perfect little sun trap.

Sunday
Jul172016

Aqua Di Mykonos

Who wants to join me in Mykonos? Dream vacation anyone?! The folks of mykonosestates.com real estate agency sent along photos of Aqua di Mykonos, a luxury villa near Agrari Beach that contains 4 independent structures - a main house, a pool house, a guest house and a kids/staff house. Not to mention the incredible pool and Jacuzzi with views to die for. What I would do to stay here....and Jo could join and we'd finally hang out in person together (about time I'd say, it's been 10 years). The dream continues... 

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Thursday
Jul142016

Succulent

No not juicy and lip smacking. No, succulent as in the plant. An inner city Melbourne backyard has turned its back on lawn and straggly shrubs instead embracing a cutting edge, or should that be sharp, specimen garden. Urban cool to get your creative garden juices flowing by Eckersley Garden Architecture.

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Tuesday
Jul122016

Castle and Cubby

We call it a cubby in Australia. A children's playhouse usually knocked together by your dad in the backyard, cobbled together with whatever is to hand or, if your lucky in kit form from a hardware store. But my cubbies were never as much fun as these beauties from Melbourne- based Castle and Cubby. How cute! A farmer's market stall or a beach hut. Made from recycled materials no two are ever the same. For sale in all sorts of configurations or you can rent them for a party. OK , OK I promise I'll go back to grown-up spaces in my next post. I just couldn't resist all the cuteness.