let's take a walk down the west side...

the west side of my building that is.

here we are. I'm standing on the steps, on the left is the building (duh!), me downstairs, zombie upstairs, on the right, the ornamental plum trees. Turns out the fruit on those is edible, juicy and sweet, although quite small, cherry sized.  I tried some last summer.  Anyway...there's a space just big enough to walk through and somewhere in that mess of thorny grass bushes is a tap. So of course I attached a hose to it.

a better indication of the size; you can just make out the frame and shadecloth down the end there, which is my closed in back porch. It's quite shady down this side and I'm thinking maybe a good spot for wide pots of bulbs.

same spot, but looking back towards the front porch steps with the pots of jade. This end is sunnier. You can see the concrete is on two levels, the upper one being flat enough for pots, but not very wide. But pots don't have to be round.....they can be rectangular. And long. Ha Ha! ideas......

a closer shot of those thorny bushes. They were here when I moved in and I thought they were sort of nice, then the thorny spikes of seed heads developed. Ouch! Even the tip of each strappy leaf is spiked.

another shot. I was hoping you could see the seed spikes, I'll have to get in closer next time. Maybe they'll show if you click to enlarge. They're pale brown...

...and some of the ones on the footpath side away from the building are heavy with flowers and seed. Once the flowers die off, the seeds look like millet.

One of them has died so I pulled out the bush in bits, keeping a watch out for snakes, I don't think there are any, there's a lizard though. I wouldn't mind one bit if more of the bushes decided to cark it.  Then I could plant small grevilleas. The strappy dead leaves are quite long and awkward to handle, I'm going to have to cut them up into a bucket so I can put them in the green waste bin.

there's a fair sized space between two of the trees just to the left of where the dead bush was, that plastic pipe is just an empty pipe, not attached to anything, easily moved out of the way should I need to. I think maybe I'll get a largish tub in here and plant an apricot tree. If I push it a little forward it will get the sun that comes between the trees.

Want to see what I found when pulling out the dead bush?

my little froggies! I put them in here just after I moved in, then forgot about them as the bushes grew up and over them.

Look at these happy faces.....

frog one,

frog two, 

frog three,

frog four. 

They're not ceramic or earthenware, they're some type of thin, easily broken plaster, or something. One of the frogs has quite a large hole in his back where he was dropped one day.

Behind the frogs, where the dead bush was, is a fair sized spot that gets a bit of sun. If I bring the frogs a bit closer to the edge, I could probably fit another big tub in there and plant a dwarf apple tree. 
I'm hoping to get a multi graft with two kinds of apples, granny smith (of course) and a red apple.

So I'll be off to the nursery one day this week, for two large tubs, and I will also pick up replacements for some of my seaside daisies that have been eaten by slugs and snails.


  1. Love the frogs. Bulbs mostly like full sun.
    What sort of lizard is living with you? I do like them - and am not good (at all) on snakes.

  2. Andrew; aren't they? I love their smiles.

    Elephant's Child; it's a blue tongue. It got inside the flat behind me last week and P had a little freak out before she managed to catch him in a towel and put him back into the garden.

  3. EC; bulbs -full sun -got it. What would be happy in that shady fairly dry spot?

  4. I'd say those strappy plants look like Lomandra longifolia, AKA Spiny-head mat-rush.
    Pity we don't live closer, I'd come and remove them and relocate them to my place. I'm looking to buy some for our natural "garden" out the front under the huge eucalypts, where not much else grows.

    Love your wee frogs - what a happy discovery!

  5. Spring! And here the year is winding down. Pretty jealous; if I could, I'd have a house in the Southern Hemisphere and leave for it right about now! :)

  6. Nice that you can do a bit of gardening there.....the froggies are cute.

  7. Woo hoo, the gardening bug bit you, too. Can't wait to see what all you can squeeze in there. Almost wish I could send two little girls over to help you. They would love it.

  8. The things we discover beneath the shubbery! We found an old tennis ball from the neighbor kids (who are now in college).

  9. River, most nurseries have a shade house - have a look in there. Ferns are one of the obvious things (says the woman who cannot grow a maidenhair fern).

  10. Cute frogs, I didn't know snails eat seaside daisy's mine disappeared so thats what happened to them.
    Merle........ ........... ............

  11. Vicki; come and visit. Bring a big bag. Or a truck. And a spade. There's over a dozen of the buggers and I don't like them. I don't think the landlord (SA Housing) would notice if a huge garden suddenly disappeared....
    I didn't realise I'd missed my frogs until I saw them again.

    Happy Elf Mom; wouldn't it be lovely to have a second home in a preferred climate.

    Delores; there's not much available space and none of it "truly" mine, but I'm starting to put things in wee places here and there.

    Joanne; the gardening bug bit me very early. I recently found a photo of me aged about four with a watering can in hand, watering a row of something flowering.

    Susan Kane; when we first moved back to Adelaide in 1986, we bought a block of land and built a house, then started digging years worth of weeds and trash out of the back yard. We found enough buried car parts to make almost a whole car!

    Elephant's Child; I hadn't thought of ferns. I may first approach the housing office and get permission to remove some of those strappy leafed thingys. Vicki thinks they may be Lomandra Longifolia.

    Merlesworld; could be slugs too, we have plenty of them here. Larger established plants would be okay I suppose but my tiny seedlings have suffered. I can't put down bait because of all the cats and birds around here. I'm considering a dish of beer to drown them in and I've put crushed eggshells around some of the seedlings too.

  12. Those frogs look so happy to see you. They've obviously been waiting a long time for you to rescue them.
    You sound as though you have wonderful ideas for this area and I look forward to seeing the final results when all is done.
    I think the blue tongue lizard is what we call a bobtail. They are so cute.
    There is a snail bait that is supposedly safe for pets. Check it out when you go to Bunnings or the nursery.


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