Son # 5 may be the baby of the family (at almost 26 his 4 older brothers still 'affectionately' call him Bub!) but we are all very proud of his talents. He has his own residential Landscaping business & here's some pics of one of his recent jobs. The house is a wonderful old 2 storey Victorian villa on a large corner allotment in Adelaide. There are independent water sources - large underground tanks, so this garden is able to maintain it's self-sufficiency despite the current harsh water restrictions. #5 put water-saving microdrip systems throughout the garden & installed sub-surface micro-drippers under the new lawn. Sadly, the backyard had been subdivided in the 1970's, so there's only room for a small swimming pool & paved entertaining area.
The garden was a bare canvas (other than the ornamental fountain), so it's been a huge job. The family have young children, & as you can see by the play equipment in the front garden, it's all pretty relaxed. Each time I called in to see how things were progressing, Bub had all the kids following him around like the Pied Piper, they thought he was very cool! The owner also happens to be a client of mine, so poor #5 was also under added pressure to get it right or his Mum would have been none too pleased! He's a perfectionist & doesn't give himself enough pats on the back, but our lovely mutual client is over the moon with the end result. #5 has also reported that the referrals from this garden have been coming thick & fast.
Life in the little village of Stirling in the hills above Adelaide in South Australia is just about as good as it gets! Enjoying a cool climate and 'hill-station' feel, Stirling is well-known for its 19th-century stone villas set on large grounds dense with roses, camellias, rhododendrons and huge old Oaks.
With 5 sons, husband & my work in a scientific business dominated by yes, more men, The Laurel Hedge was born out of my sheer desperation for something the boys just don't get & never will!
'No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it all too seriously.'
The Thoughts of Chairman MOTH
'A blog is like one of those light, airy, souffle, spongey cake things Millie - it can start off really good, but if you're not careful, it can end up a real mess.'
15 years of renovating was over - we'd just completed everything & were really enjoying our lovely old Victorian villa in the Eastern suburbs of Adelaide. However we'd always had a fondness for the country life & without warning we found ourselves transported by alien beings disguised as Real Estate Agents to a house on 1/2 acre of wild, rambling gardens in Stirling!
The house is circa 1972 & with all the 70's features. Open-faced brown brick walls, raked ceilings, exposed beams, split levels - totally yuk! However, it's inherent design is great & the location amazing - tucked behind a wonderful old laurel hedge in a quiet country lane in the heart of gorgeous Stirling.
You are most welcome join Mr. Serial Renovator & myself as we turn this ugly duckling into the beautiful creature we know is there under all the Mission Brown paint!
NOTE & DISCLAIMER
The content on this blog is not approved by the Man-of-the-House (MOTH) or any of the 5 sons belonging to both Millie & MOTH. The opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone and should not be considered representative of the opinions of the aforementioned family members. Any opinions, design concepts, renovation & building tips and other details should be taken with a grain of salt and a large margharita. All names and identifying details have been changed to protect the innocent as well as the guilty.