Those following would, no doubt, be eagerly awaiting developments with the new 50 sq m native garden. Your nervous anticipation is, hopefully, hereby sated.

We left ourselves at the official three language opening of the new native garden, inspired by the opening of the new Post Office Box, in the famous Monty Python skit.

Re-live those heady days at this link: https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/michaelmonaghanphotography.com/4406

A quicker recap can be provided. This was where we started:

Progess, requiring the digging up of some 80sqm of turf, was slow but determined.

By July, we had sufficiently progressed to meet a milestone, the official, albeit by force of event, a pat malone, opening, of the new garden:

Planting continued till in September capacity was reached. The plants at the end nearest the back door will be about 50cm round, with the two on the back corner, designed to hide the next view, will be about 2 metres. The plants gradually increase in size to be about 1m round at the middle path then 1.5 to 2 m high at the far end. The eye-line from the house end should take the eyes over the fence and the next house to Cooleman Ridge.

All plants have small-ish flowers to attract smaller birds, there being plenty for the extant Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos, the Red Wattlebirds, the Gang Gangs, Crimson and Eastern Rosellas, Galahs, Lorikeets, and the Currawongs. Also plenty for the Magpie family and the nesting Crested Pigeons.

Today, the first layer of mulch (10 shovels per barrow load, 10 barrow loads per trailer load):

Now all is ready for the official opening of phase two, and this time, all being well, the polyglot event can be attended by a massive BOB crowd. BOB, you say? Yes, it is a cul-de-sac, which is “bottom-of-bag” in la langue francaise – Hence BOB.

Phase three is to dig up and re-sow the last 15 sqm of turf along the back of the garden.

Watch this space…

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October 2020


  1. A very impressive amount of work. I am sure all the local birds are much appreciative of your efforts.

    Cheers, Caroline


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