The Front Garden!

A previous owner of our home had clearly been a garden lover. In Spring the garden was a mass of Daffodils, Jonquils, Sparaxis, Freesias, Ranunculus, Anemones, Poppies, Tulips and Iris. Plus we had perennial Daisies, Nasturtiums, Alyssum and five glorious Rose bushes. There were also a number of small Conifers, a huge Pine and an even bigger Golden Elm!

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In 2010 Jamie decided he was not content with taking over the backyard and started on the front! First we removed a number of bulbs from the front garden bed and planted a Grapefruit.

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We also planted corn and pumpkin in a sunny corner where they were hidden from the road.

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In 2011 we got even more daring and planted leeks amongst the bulbs. Almost impossible to tell the difference! If you look closely you can also see some Rainbow Chard.

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Due to the established trees in both the front and back gardens we do not have room for any more fruit trees. So we planted a Lime in a wine barrel and put it in a sunny spot by the front entrance.  2013-8-24 (2)

Our first lime was picked in early Spring 2013. We are still waiting for the Grapefruit to produce. The grapevine on the pool fence looks like it will be very prolific this year.

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At the end of 2012 we decided to create three beds especially for vegetables in the front. It meant losing a lot of the bulbs, but we put them between rose bushes so they did not need to be sacrificed. From the road it is really quite difficult to see there are vegetables unless you look closely!

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In Spring of 2013 we still had lots of gorgeous flowers and veggies too!

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Once you come down the driveway the beds are far easier to see as they are lined with wood. This summer we have one filled with heirloom tomatoes, one with pumpkin and watermelon and the third is supposed to be fallow, but has a couple of tomatoes in it.

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The front garden promises to be fruitful this year.

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Next to the first tomato bed I have also established a herb garden. Each Spring it is a tad overwhelmed by the bulbs but it manages to survive. There are five different Lavenders, Chamomile, Rue and Lemon Thyme.

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This year we also planted a couple of Sunflowers out the front. Next year I will be planting many more!

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One of the nicer aspects of the garden are the many interesting visitors we have.

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About A Kailyard in Adelaide

A Kailyard in Adelaide! We are working hard to be domestically sustainable in the foothills of Adelaide. As we both work fulltime this is not an easy task, but we do our best growing much of our own produce in our yard and in our community garden plots. We reduce, recycle and reuse as much as possible and try hard to not consume mindlessly. We have 5000 l of rainwater, a 5 kw solar system, and use a green energy provider for all our excess needs. Rachel: Mother, partner, teacher, writer, reader, crafter, cook, gardener, artist. Jamie: Father, partner, lecturer, therapist, would-be-politician, gardener, photographer, music lover.
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