Our very full pool (it rained lots) and the pool area - don't mind the pool equipment and toys....
....and the frolicking children
This is my 'Blank Canvas' - the pool area. Getting it this far was a challenge in itself... retaining, drainage, access to the upper
soccer field lawn for landscaping, keeping 'Lloydy' fed and watered while creating the pool, painting the fences!..... did I mention drainage?... watching our drainage system work is just magical. We have channels, filled with pebbles, all around the edges, running next to the block walls. We even have one running under the glass fence at the front of the pool so the water never makes it near the terrace area. The water just disappears.... sorry I digress..... it's just poetry in motion when something works well! We recently had a lot of rain and the pool overflowed....it's still pretty full......and the excess water disappearing down the drainage channels....I could have cried with joy.... small things when you build a house, small things!
Now, I am waiting on a beautiful big mirror and some outdoor curtains for the 'pool
shack house' (they will be tied to the front posts to look a bit 'resort-ish'). Lots of lovely big pots of greenery will be placed along all the walls, to frame the pool with, a la 'Paul Bangay' style...... lots of repetition and lots of green.... quite formal and ordered. I haven't decided what we are actually going to have in 'the shack'. The chairs are just there at present to fill it somewhat. Any suggestions? Oh and here in sunny, hot, humid Queensland, what sort of plants should I have? I was picturing structured, formal looking plants ....yep I am sooo not a gardener, when it comes to gardening, I am a great fence painter!... so. yes. help. please.