It’s two years since the main verge was planted out. The street tree is thriving. The westringia against the road are well establised. Myoporum (in the foreground right) seems to be indestructible and has tiny white flowers. Cuttings strike well.
Pink and white cosmos have come up from seed and brightens the mid-winter garden.
The postie path on the left has just had a top up with mulch. It is essential that you allow for people going about their work when you design your garden. The salvia in the little triangle have been cut back and an osteospermum is growing well.
The informal lilly pilly hedge has fruit for the birds and other wildlife. Quite a contrast to the neat hedges beyond.
The midgen berry grows slowly behind the cosmos. These were tubestock babies 2 years ago and have had their first fruit.
The other side of the tree, paper daisies (Xerochrysum bracteatum) are close to flowering. Banksia Spinulosa Dwarf – Cherry Candles on bottom right is showing new growth. Kangaroo Paw looking healthy, dianella struggling. Apart from the odd weed, the groundcover is dichondra repens.
Below is the view when you approach from the east. There are those neat hedges again and the footpath the neighbour’s visiting gardener does every two weeks. It has been very dry.
and a few steps on…
If you look closely at these two photos above, you’ll see the small street tree on the other neighbour’s side, between mine and the larger tree beyond.
There is a tendency to think of native strips or verges as just another form of public greenspace like parks and community gardens. And a less important one, at that.
But this space – between the front property line and the road – has some special features that set it apart from other public land. Read more here…