Wednesday, November 4, 2009

What To Do With 'The Shack'


 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.
A-M xx

20 comments:

  1. I would find a gorgeous day bed for the pool house. I like your ideas so far!

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  2. You certainly sound like a woman with a grand plan! Your pool house is going to look absolutely gorgeous when 'done'. Have a lovely day. Lee :)

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  3. It's looking good! You could perhaps go for murraya paniculata or yuccas. Both quite hardy. Murraya flourishes in the humidity and can be pruned into shape. Yucca has striking architectural shape.

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  4. Well it's looking good so far, and I hear you about the drainage.. heavenly when your hard work pays off! As far as plants go, Agaves are almost unkillable, they dont drop any messy leaves, you can plant them then ignore them, if so desired, and they look fantastically structural in pots! And they love the heat, so they could go well amongst some tall canna lillies which would add some colour too...
    Good luck,
    Flick :)

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  5. ugh. i don't know anything about anything. but i love succulants.

    did i even spell that right?

    i think the best decor for that space is you in a bikini. yes?

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  6. I agree with the day bed suggestion above. Why not a Balinese theme (without going too OTT) - frangipani, ikat, teak day bed, etc. Would work very well in your enviable climate! xoxo

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  7. Oh such a beautiful spot. I think you need a wonderfully dramatic couch-bed like thingie draped in netting. Someplace where you can lounge the day away with a tall cool drink and a delicious book.

    As for the landscaping. Well, I'm still waiting for mine here. I will be hiring someone as I know what I want (in my head) but have no idea how to make it reality.

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  8. I asked my hubby who is a keen gardener and he suggested Yukka's, Agave and Red Sensation's. They are all hardy and quite hard to kill but they also are very structured / architectural (?). They will also grow really well in the great climate you have in Qld. If they can grow in my yard in the south west of Western Australia, they can grow anywhere!!

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  9. Your boys must love their new backyard. Some potted plants would look really lovely in the 'shack' and I think your idea of a mirror of some sort sounds perfect! Look forward to seeing what you decide to go with.

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  10. We just bought a gorgeous cane daybed for the pavilion at the end of our pool and it's perfect. Ideal for supervising young swimmers - and also for lolling back and relaxing. There are some gorgeous water-proof fabrics out there too - ours is Warwick in a french grey and cream stripe. Here's a pic if you'd like to have a look pinkpatentmaryjanes.blogspot.com/2009/11/lazy-daybeds.html

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  11. I'm so jelaous of the pool and for having summer now! Here in Norway we are cold, cold, cold. The fire place is lit every night. A lot of indoor activities. Now I am looking forward to the Christmas preparations.
    My suggestion for chosing plants to your pool area, is to look into gardening web sites. Some of them even gives suggestion on web and/or have a webprogram to use for the area you need help.
    Good luck finding the right plants!
    Have a lovely day in Queensland!
    Anette Willemine xx

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  12. It's all looking fabulous...can't wait to see the mirror and curtains! My two cents worth for the plants - I think some big pots with magnolia trees would be gorgeous! Tracey xx

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  13. I prefer a more cozy & romantic touché. Ah! Richie talks non-sense §;-)

    Drapes around it and of course sunbeds & I remember you DIY Ebay chairs? It adds more you, I guess? But, hey, Lady! Ur tastes rocks so, follow your heart and I can't wait to see the progress.

    Take care & D´3AM's, enjoy your hot days.

    xoxo

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  14. This really is a beautiful blank canvas indeed. I can see lots of colourful cushions.

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  15. I'm with Jane A-M! The Bali hut look & while you're at it, knock down the pretty white crossed-beam fence on the pool shack & get Lloydy back to instal one of those swim-up bars you see in all the big Hotels in Hawaii. Just beautiful & soooooo your style girl! Make mine a triple Pina Colada thanks & chuck a packet of salt & vinegar chips in with the order will ya!
    Millie ^_^

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  16. Wow! That's going to look so amazing. Can't wait to see the curtains and mirror.

    Yucca's would be good and hardy. Magnolia's would be nice, but may drop a few flowers.. Mock oranges shape up quite nicely into hedges or whatever shape you want! You could also grow some trailing flowering plants/vines - along the walls - just wind them around some marine wire. After a few years, you'll have a gorgeous green screen.

    All of Paul Bangay's work is so gorgeous - can't wait to see how it progresses!!

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  17. You were right to put your foot down about the drainage. And for good reason! Your home looks so gorgeous. I could've used some of those cookies the other day. I hope you and yours are well!

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  18. Dracaena marginata is my two cents worth. They are striking but also easy to grow (thrive on neglect actually). And you won't get the tiny leaves clogging up your pool filter!

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  19. We also have a pool area and my favourite plant is the Agave. Mine is at least a metre wide. It is stunning. It sort of gives a 3D effect in the garden. They come from the dessert, so they thive on heaps of sun and no attention what so ever, and they don't drop anything. They also eventually have many baby plants called pups which you can give to all your friends for nix.
    Really enjoying the blog, thank you Elizabeth

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx