A day at Flinders

On his latest trip down to Flinders, Scott makes use of a beautiful day and shares some thoughts on the design of the garden, the use of plantings and child friendly facilities.

The Flinders garden is a good example of how features within the landscape can help identify and imprint memorable images for any first time visitor to the property.  Here, the canopy covered avenue drive entry of Alnus jorullensis (Green Alder, Toorak Gum) slowly reveals the residence and the striking red roof of the house.

Other features that have been incorporated into the garden including the large windmill on the banks of the dam and the over sized curved deck area with organically formed rendered steps.

Have you seen a plant you love for it’s foliage but not it’s flowers?

There are many plants out there which have new colour varieties of flowers so it is worth checking with your nursery to see what’s available. An old fashioned plant such as the Plectranthus ecklonii (Spur Bush) which is normally found in mauve flower form but their are forms as seen here in the Plectranthus ecklonii ‘Tommy’ in pure white.

Same can be said for trees such as Lagerstroemia indica (Crepe Myrtle) commonly found in Pink flower form. You can almost get any flower colour now. Check out the Flemings catalogue to see what is available.

Have you got a lawn area that just isn’t working or too shaded? Turn it into a Bocce Pitch.

Bocce can keep the kids occupied for hours and gets them outside away from the computer and idiot box. It helps with their hand and eye coordination, distant judgement and thinking skills. The Bocce Pitch also can second as an additional entertaining space.