My part native japanese garden - Canberra

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My part native japanese garden - Canberra

Postby nevilleh » October 17th, 2010, 10:06 pm

Am enjoying reading about Ausbonsai member's gardens so thought I would share my own.
It started 4 years ago when I constructed a waterfall and pond - then 18 months ago I began the rest of the garden. Still a work in progress. using correas as an azalea standin (will shape them) and scalanthrus biflorus for the moss like plantings - still trying to find a grass equivalent for around the pavers. If I had the time I would spend all day on it...

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Re: My part native japanese garden - Canberra

Postby senseijames » October 17th, 2010, 10:38 pm

Good work Neville, great looking garden, will be good to see the progress posted as you go, thanks for sharing.
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Re: My part native japanese garden - Canberra

Postby bodhidharma » October 18th, 2010, 7:26 am

Very beautiful and lots of work i'll bet. Constructing a garden like this is hard work and takes a good deal of foresight. Well done.
P.S your Bonsai's could use a trim and Buddha needs to be off the ground, on a large rock maybe.
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Re: My part native japanese garden - Canberra

Postby nevilleh » October 18th, 2010, 11:04 am

thanks for the encouragement - and those bonsai have been trimmed since that photo was taken. Can't wait to retirment when I should have lots more time...
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Re: My part native japanese garden - Canberra

Postby LLK » October 18th, 2010, 2:27 pm

Hi Neville, great going! I didn't know that you were such a Japanese Garden fan. But where are the
maples?? ;)
Have you thought about planting Dianella? I planted some last year and thought that they were really
very nice. Rather too tall to count as grass, but with grey-green strap-like leaves, quite decorative.
You'll find them here http://www.abulk.com.au/awn/dianella_caerulea.html and that
website also includes some native grasses that you may find useful. I
I rather think that your scalanthrus is a scleranthus, but better check.
Good luck, and I'd love to come and have a look some day.

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Re: My part native japanese garden - Canberra

Postby nevilleh » October 18th, 2010, 7:22 pm

Hi Lisa, you are dead right Scleranthus biflorus - I was too lazy to look it up and spelled it from memory - which must not be too good!

I have 6 maples in the garden - one you can see framed in the gate (archway) and a tall one in one of the aviary shots - the others are small..

I really enjoy the garden and decided on natives mainly because the rest of the gardens are fully native. You would be most welcome to visit. cheers

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Re: My part native japanese garden - Canberra

Postby Jamie » October 18th, 2010, 10:43 pm

gday mate :D

very nice garden! I really love japanese gardens, I have wanted one since before I was into bonsai! have you thought about doing some bamboo fencing construction? its not overly hard and it looks the goods especially in a garden like yours!

scleranthus is a great alternative to moss in gardens like this, especially since it can grow in sun where some mosses arent so keen on full sun and take a long time to spread across the rockery.

I will try find the bamboo fence construction site I found that showed how to do it.

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Re: My part native japanese garden - Canberra

Postby nevilleh » October 22nd, 2010, 7:18 pm

Some recent photos to show the spring colour. Lisa note the maples!

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Re: My part native japanese garden - Canberra

Postby NathanM » October 22nd, 2010, 7:24 pm

Love it mate! Absolutely love it :D
That would be a very ncie place to sit, think, relax and jsut hang out!!
Beautiful!!
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Re: My part native japanese garden - Canberra

Postby stymie » October 22nd, 2010, 7:42 pm

All power to your elbow Nev.
My name is Don. I'm a UK nutter and bonsaiholic but I'm on medication (when I can find the tablets)

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Re: My part native japanese garden - Canberra

Postby LLK » October 22nd, 2010, 9:09 pm

Really lovely and all looking so healthy! The maples are in good spots, from a landscaping point of view, me seems.
I could perhaps come up with more colourful stand-ins for azaleas than the Correa spp., like the Indigofera, the Crowea,
the dwarf Grevilleas etc., but there's no hurry to change that garden. New discoveries lead to fresh ideas and they only occur from time to time, which makes them all the more precious. :)
All the best, and keep us posted!

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Re: My part native japanese garden - Canberra

Postby roka » October 23rd, 2010, 8:08 am

Good job champ! One question for you though.That bridge is very nice did you build it or buy it?
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Re: My part native japanese garden - Canberra

Postby nevilleh » October 23rd, 2010, 8:23 am

I took the easy way out - bought it online at Dealsdirect.com.au
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Re: My part native japanese garden - Canberra

Postby Kunzea » October 23rd, 2010, 1:18 pm

Hi Neville
Thanks for the link. I've not had a look at Ausbonsai for awhile, alas.

Your garden has developed greatly since I saw it way back then. It is looking so attractive, you must feel very proud and pleased, as well as nursing the sore muscles!

Cheers
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Re: My part native japanese garden - Canberra

Postby Kyushu Danji » January 17th, 2011, 1:22 pm

Its nice to know that such a garden exists here in canberra. Well done :tu:
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