An Easter working bee in our courtyard garden!

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Apr 17 2009
Our courtyard before we tackled it with tools and sweat

My in laws came down for a much-awaited visit during the Easter break last week. After doing the sightseeing thing for 2 days we got down to business. One of the sore-thumbs of the house is my garden courtyard right outside the living room, which means blinds are always drawn. I never liked it even when we bought the place. The previous owner really chose stupid plants which had sharp and cutting leaves and trunk. Not children-friendly in the slightest.

We spent 2-3 days on this and the result is mind-blowing and quite emotional for me.

When we bought:

Our courtyard as we bought it

Our courtyard as we bought it

Our courtyard as we bought it

Our courtyard as we bought it

Our courtyard as we bought it

Our courtyard as we bought it

Our courtyard as we bought it

Our courtyard as we bought it

I’d slowly killed off the large bushes in the corner with dirty turps from my painting.

So, this was just before we took our mattocks to the garden:
(keep in mind I always wanted to just clear this area so nothing was purposely watered when we have this drought. I’d rather water my roses out the front!)

Our courtyard, purposely underwatered, left to die.

Our courtyard, purposely underwatered, left to die.

See how deep the overgrowth and rubbish is?

The tall, spiky undergrowth in our courtyard.

The tall, spiky undergrowth in our courtyard.

The tall, spiky undergrowth in our courtyard.

The tall, spiky undergrowth in our courtyard.

We decided to prune back the dying blossom tree and give it new lease of life in the front.

The remains of an overgrowing birds-or-paradise, two dead palm trees, 1 overgrown lemon myrtle, 40000000 overgrown dietes grandiflora

The heap of garden debris

The heap of garden debris

And then finally… after 8 bags of cow manure, clay breaker, top soil, Seasol….

The area cleared!

The area cleared!

And the cherry blossom, pruned and replanted out the front…

The new cherry blossom replanted out.

The new cherry blossom replanted out.

Waiting for the weed-seeds to sprout and then pluck out… need to wait 2 weeks. Then I’ll sow the grass seeds (turf was too expensive)… And plant to star jasmine climbers up the lattice (getting more).

Healthy green star jasmine, via jacquiscloset @ Flickr.

Healthy green star jasmine, via jacquiscloset @ Flickr.

I’d love to put a wrought iron swing like the one my mum had while we were growing up…

My mum's old swing is like this one, via nat choo @ Flickr.

My mum’s old swing is like this one, via nat choo @ Flickr.

Or a fountain/water feature…

Update: there’s one on eBay I’m watching!! OOOH! :)

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