Construction of Murrulla zen gardens: courtyard (April- May 2020)

Water fills pot via rainchain then drains to water tanks. Yebisu, god of good fortune, looks over the garden.

Scleranthus bifolar are moss-like alpine plants that grow into mounds. Nandina domestus (dwarf bamboo) add autumn colour.

Dark bamboo panels from Indonesia were bought at Sandy Beach on the coast.


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Second zen garden (June - August 2020)

Step 1: Dig up the existing garden and move plants, including many bulbs, to other garden areas. Prune roses!

Step 2: Pay too much attention to friends who don't have to do the work, and expand the garden!

Step 3: Design the 10.6m by 2.6m Zen2 garden. Purchase materials including 120cm Oribe lantern and 60cm Tetsu-batsi water bowl from Imperial Gardens and Prunus Serrulata 'Kiki-shidare-sakura', Prunus subhirtella 'Falling Snow' and Acer palmatum dissectum ''Orangeola' from Black Mountain Nursery

Step 4: Install water feature, including bamboo spout, pond reservoir and lining and solar water pump.

Final Step 5: Plant shrubs, lay out moss, place rocks, spread and rake sand, make bamboo ladle and screen, spread scoria.

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