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Author Topic: Wild Wood Weeds and a Secret Garden  (Read 657 times)
Hurricane Annie
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« on: April 01, 2015, 04:14:03 am »

This is my new garden project. It is in through the out door of  the cottage and on  into the wild  and secret  part of the garden. I have put it in metaphysical  as I am intending to do a steampunk theme  with an Antipodean Revival flavour.

 The task will be to contain and keep in check the garden's natural   "bucolic charm" and "rambling romantic character ; with out pruning away its  more special qualities.

Here are the before images.









All ideas and suggestions are welcome . As is encouragement .

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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2015, 04:27:41 am »


I will be referring to this for inspiration[ along with various pinterest sources].

http://enginaire.blogspot.co.nz/2013/12/conversion-at-steampunk-garden-mission.html
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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2015, 01:51:20 pm »

Lots of potential.  Start by figuring out the big things and the little ones should fall in place.  Looking forward to watching it progress.
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2015, 01:49:25 am »

Lots of potential.  Start by figuring out the big things and the little ones should fall in place.  Looking forward to watching it progress.

 Thank you .  I might be "figuring out the big things" with a pith helmet and machete  accompanied by a team of luggage bearers.  Wink

  It s autumn at this end of the world   and unseasonably warm.   The grape vine and banana passion fruit  will be  in for a savage retribution.
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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2015, 08:12:42 am »

Greetings my Dear Annie -
Might I suggest, that one start by laying out a meandering path , perhaps with brick, pavers, or gravel,




leading to a modest bench in the shade? 


Later One might add a modest pool - using one of these

 or one of these less extravagent versions


 and/or a small arbor or trellis , upon which one can train local flora ...


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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2015, 07:35:22 pm »

Professor , That  is a marvelous idea.  A meandering path adds a certain mystery .  I do not have  a great expanse to meander in , just enough though , for a  a few  well placed twists and turns to be led down.

 Else where in the garden I have  a old corner shower base  embedded into the ground with  goldfish in residence.


Hidden down  this meandering path
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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2015, 08:16:58 pm »

Heavens, that is lovely! I would suggest only clearing the barest minimum for a narrow path... a twist to the right, a turn to the left, and hide some seating below/behind the flora...

Since you already have a small pond, one could economically add a tiny solar fountain which provides more aeraetion for the fishies .... I got a chinese import fountainfrom harbor freightfor ~$10 US

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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2015, 08:26:52 pm »

Heavens, that is lovely! I would suggest only clearing the barest minimum for a narrow path... a twist to the right, a turn to the left, and hide some seating below/behind the flora...

Since you already have a small pond, one could economically add a tiny solar fountain which provides more aeraetion for the fishies .... I got a chinese import fountainfrom harbor freightfor ~$10 US

Yhs
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 Solar fountain !  That could keep some of the algae down. I will look into that. 

Thank you for the compliment, that  is a snapshot of  the shaded  glade  that is the front yard. I would like to  carry on the theme in the  back yard, though it will have to be a little more utilitarian.
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« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2015, 01:06:53 am »

I found a minimal fountain pump at the US vendor "harbor freight" - it sends a small stream of water about a foot high, aerating the bird bath a bit.

http://www.harborfreight.com/merchandising-promotions/merchandising/outdoor-categories-for-seo/fountain-pumps/solar-powered-fountain-pump-66093.html

Unfortunately I am having a hard time finding anything affordable in NZ, but these people have the same thing for $27 US with free shipping.....
http://www.fishpond.com/c/Electronics/q/Solar+Powered+Water+Pump


hope this helps
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« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2015, 01:30:44 am »

 Thanks for the tip. I looked  in the usual garden centre online catalogues and saw them from $89 - $4k. Other local online places are  more reasonable


http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/SearchResults.aspx?searchString=solar+pond+pumps&rptpath=all&type=Search&searchType=all&generalSearch_keypresses=6&generalSearch_suggested=0&generalSearch_suggestedCategory=



.Don't think I am ready to splash out  4 grand on a pond pump  Undecided

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« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2015, 07:59:54 am »

The price differential is educational... you might have better acces through the Asian vector, such as Alibabba.

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« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2015, 06:44:41 pm »



 Allibaba has tentacles in "down here". We also have Mighty Ape  for the online purchase of just about anything

 which  leads to the obvious steampunk  moniker of "Brass Monkey"
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