You can never have too many paths within a garden, either. I love to have them winding everywhere. If my husband says I should get rid of one for some pragmatic reason I say ….. definitely not!
Edna Walling, the Australian garden designer, once said that if your paths are tidy the garden won’t look too bad. How very true, although mine are a complete, glorious mess in autumn.
The steps below lead up to the Australian native section of our property. It’s planted with bird attracting correas, banksias, and grevilleas. It was raining when I took the photo.
I know these bulbs are not native, but I allow them in. We use garden waste on the paths up here, mainly tree fern fronds which we put through the shredder a couple of times. They suppress the weeds pretty well.
I call this the Bluebell Walk.
This path runs outside my kitchen window. Hence the bird baths.
Camellia petals and golden leaves from the Japanese spice tree have their moment in the spotlight.
Maple mingling with tulip tree leaves.
My associate Editor Des loves riding around the paths on his bicycle.
Sometimes a path emerges more by accident than design. This one was created by my husband and me …..by continually walking through woodland shrubbery to check on our Wonga bird’s nest.
The birds were so adorable. It was worth losing a bit of woodland to follow their progress.
These old flagstones were in place when we bought the property. Let’s just say they push the rustic element to the limit.
The lower half of the garden is terraced (sort of). Lots of shade, hence the moss on the steps.
On the right of this terraced path there is a large port wine magnolia, a bird’s nest fern and camellias etc.
Here we go down to the lowest terrace. There are hellebores, rhododendrons hydrangeas, ferns, camellias and daphnes. Spot that native Wonga in the distance. He walks the network every day, just like me.