Snail’s pace is the only way to describe it. The current rate of work seems to be one job per month.
- December- deck.
- January – glass fence
- February- remove scaffolding over pool.
- March- concrete around pool
- April – start tiling, concrete roof of storage area.
The grand plan for landscaping on our canal and pool side was conjured up 3 years ago. We were wooed by smart landscaping around display homes and the existing relationship between our builder Webb and Brown-Neaves and Tim Davies Landscaping. We decided to pay the big bucks for a clever design and for the luxury of not having to find and co-ordinate trades to make a pool, concrete, lay tiles, build a deck, install fences, etc. Turns out the experts also have trouble finding and co-ordinating trades and so it has been a sloooww going.
To keep within some sort of budget, we kept at least half of our garden space to landscape ourselves, plus all the planting preparation and planting because that really shouldn’t be rocket science. There is a lot to be done, so we are breaking it into chunks and trying to set some reasonable goals for completion time. I really want the canal-side planter boxes to be filled before Winter.
I’ve been having an internal debate about whether the planting should be massed rows, or “randomly artistic”. I can argue either way. I am so inspired by modern coastal gardens designed by the likes of Peter Fudge and Fiona Brockhoff:
The apparently random planting on the very impressive Esperance foreshore and good ol’ mother nature herself in Australia’s south-west on our recent holiday had me convinced that “au naturale” was the way to go.
In the end, I’m going for the easier option and the one that was originally intended for our landscape design, rows and repetition. (Don’t try to talk me out of it! I’ve changed my mind daily for the past month.)
I’m about to head off to the Perth Garden Festival, but a few pictures of our current DIY landscaping progress. (Yes, equally slow to progress.)