Well it has been a long time coming, but finally last weekend we defined the boundaries of our garden area and were quite surprised to see that it was significantly larger than we had ever thought or prepared for. In total in measures 70 square metres.
In an ideal world, this feather edged fencing would have been a breeze block wall rendered in a light duck egg blue, staggered to create shadows as the sun moves round. In a ideal world I would be rich; I’m working on that - check out the stock we have for sale currently!
I resolved in the end that it’s not the medium you use to create your boundaries, but what you then do to pull the look together. Speaking of which, what the absolute hell was I going to do with an area 10 metres by 7? The largest space I had contended with previously was postage stamp sized. Now I was dealing with a vast empty terrain to the back of the property, an allotment to the side and 48 square metre front garden also chucked into the mix.
My main plan has always been, as you know, to go all MCM on it’s ass. But after much taking of advice, deliberating cogitating and digesting, something didn’t sit well with this notion to me and I couldn’t put my finger on why. It did take a few months of mulling it over for me to put my finger on it. Finally it did click; all my research into this project pointed towards the same main themes in MCM gardens. They were covered in clean lines, minimalism, stark - sometimes almost brutalist - features and a 'less is more' approach to planting.
This isn’t me. This isn’t what goes on in my brain. What goes on in my brain is a bit more like walking through a ticker tape calvalcade of pyschadelic clowns with one person in the corner screaming for everyone to ‘try and keep it down’. You can share my dilemma, I’m sure. So how do I match my greatest love with the scratch and sniff of crazy that I really am underneath it all. Well, like all good ideas, the answer came to me in the shower. Jungle. Mid century jungle!
Hurrah. Everything has slotted into place. Like one big unbelievable game of Tetris. So I have split the garden into quadrangles to make it easier to deal with. Below I have shared my very naïve drawing of where I am going with it all now.
Essentially, there is a tropical area directly outside the french windows from the kitchen filled with the likes of Musa Yunnanensis, Voodoo lily sauromatum vernosus, Alocasia calidora, Gunnera manicatia and Tibouchina urvilleana - for that utterly nuts jungle feeling. Interspersed in this area there will be a wicker hanging chair, and some kind of marble table. The flooring will be purple slate chips which will absorb the heat that we have throughout the day and release it throughout the night back to the warmth loving foliage. I want to raise the plants out of the ground so will use repurposed concrete drainage pipes in a nod back to those fabulous atomic age curves.
Next time, I’ll be looking at options for greenhouses. As always, your comments are invaluable to me and how I perceive this operation!