Work in progress…


We have been here 20 years and everything in the garden has grown. Oh boy, how it has grown. I’m sure all my gardening friends out there will know the feeling. Suddenly when you look around it is like a jungle, or maybe the triffids are taking over. The palms are reaching for the electricity lines and blocking the light from a large part of the garden, and stopping the winter sun getting to the house.

Time for a major change. I talk Jack, with difficulty, into getting a quote for a landscape person to thin the palms. In the past we have always done our own pruning. BUT, when we got the quote Jack said “tell them they’re dreaming, we will do it ourselves…”.

So that is what we have been doing for the past few pruning 008_3000x4000Jack attacked the palms with gusto, and the pile of palm fronds grew…

garden pruning 007_4000x3000Some went through the mulching machine. Some of the straighter trunks we kept for another project.

But for the majority we had to order a rubbish skip to take it away.palm pruning 012_5184x3888It just managed to fit on the drive. But that’s not all. Once Jack has a pruning tool in his hand there is no stopping him. There was a bit of room still in the skip so now to tackle another overgrown area in the back garden.palm pruning 006_5184x3888This is the area behind the ponds. Jack is attacking a paw paw tree. It is a male and does not produce fruit, so out it comes. The staghorn is hanging on to a very rotten stump of an old palm that was cut down years ago and is finally disintergrating. So down it comes and the staghorn is going to be relocated.

The steps have been cleared, they were overgrown with Agaves. Now it is almost a blank canvas. The Heliconia has been allowed to stay and we have plans to put more easy care plants back here. But that is for another day.


palm pruning 033_5184x3888 We just managed to fit all the fronds and trunks in. It took 2 days to get them all down, but finally Jack is able to put the saw away.palm pruning 047_5184x38884 days later and it is collected. Mission accomplished.

Before on the left, see how close the fronds are to the power lines. After on the right, you can now see the power pole and the big tree in the neighbours property across the road.blues corner (15 of 15)_7570x2560panorama 4_10635x3616Before and after. Unfortunately the panorama went a bit wonky on the after. The “Serenity Seat” has lost its privacy. But a young Wattle bush is planted in the space in front of the seat. They are quick-growing and now it has seen the light I’m sure it will soon take over.

These very tall palms have come down, and now the Snowflake bush has room to breath.

So it is still a work in progress as now we have to replant all the bare spaces. The garden has lost its tropical, jungle look, but, when it warms up and if we have rain, things grow fast in this climate.



  1. Oh, I do appreciate all the hard work invested here. From both of you! 🙂
    It looks so different now. The amazing thing with a garden, most of the time you have to remove something.
    Sadly, our huge Eucalyptus had to come down this month as it was a threat to the house. It was a number much too big for us, so we had a professional tree surgeon doing it in two days.

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  2. You’ve got yourself a very handy man there PP. Well done Jack! And what an affect that pruning has had. Can’t wait to see what you plant in the bare spots! But as you have said, with the rain and the sun everything will soon grow again and all those plants shaded out before will now be jumping for joy!

    I find that I am doing more pruning and weeding and controlling than planting! A garden never stands still!

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  3. It’s always satisfying to get a job like that done, Pauline. You’ll enjoy your garden even more now that you’ve let the sun in. It looks like a large garden to me. Is it?

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  4. I did not know you had (as in past tense) a paw paw! Those are not even popular here! It amazes and annoys me that so many of the North American natives are more popular elsewhere than they are here. I have seen only a few paw paw trees. In fact, the cherimoya tree is more popular. (Well, cherimoyas do happen to be beter than paw paws.)
    Were there any wallabies hiding out in all that overgrowth?

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    • I had to look up cherimoya tree and discovered it is what we call custard apple. I love them too. I have so many paw paw seedlings come up from the compost and if they are in a suitable place I let them grow on till they flower and then I know what sex they are. The females I keep and at the moment have 3 just starting to fruit. The flavour does vary a bit, shop ones sometimes are not so sweet, home grown ones always picked ripe are better. But I have to bag them to save them from bats and birds. I think the wallabies took off when they heard the chain saw start up… 🙄😉

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  5. I know how expensive it can be and how difficult it can be to get someone to come in and do something always done by you but at some point it might be necessary. When I did have my home (had to sell three years ago) I did all of the trimming and yard work myself but some things that needed trimmed, such as a very tall type of bush/tree (I had to use a trimmer like in the picture of Jack trimming the palms) was difficult at best and very tiring but it too got into the electrical lines. Your gardens look beautiful but if there comes a time to try to get someone in to do some trimming, perhaps shopping around for the lowest price would be an option? Not sure about Australia but I do know it can be pricey as you say. I continue to enjoy the photos of your beautiful gardens. Be well.

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    • I agree Renee the time will come when we have to get help with the bigger tasks, but while we can we will keep doing the work I think it is good for us all the stretching etc.very satisfying to see the end result too

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