Secret Flower Garden
February 2001....If the garden at Lawson Avenue has one fault it is that, being a fairly shady garden, there are very few places where annuals will thrive. Having had an idea of recent times that some sort of cottage style garden would be a nice change, we set to work transforming the only patch of ground suitable for such a project, the old Vegetable Garden. This area is hidden at the back of the garden and would become a sort of secret flower garden. A pleasant, secluded place to sit and contemplate the beauty of nature and hopefully a nice surprise for visitors as they wondered around.
My idea was to fill the area with masses of lovely annuals grown from both seedlings, for structure and colour theme, and also packets of 'cottage garden' seed mixes for an element of surprise and serendipity. We also wanted to have a sheltered area where we could sit with a cuppa or a nice glass of wine and admire the view. As the Australian summer sun can be intensely hot, it would need to have some shade in the form of a small pergola, which we hoped, eventually, would be covered in fragrant pink climbing roses.
Take a look below to see how the Secret Flower Garden started and has developed over its first summer.
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