I was delighted and devastated all at the same time when the lovely Christie from Childhood101 made this comment on a previous post. (Click the image if you can’t read it…)
Delighted, because I think there is always beauty to be found in outdoor spaces and I’m glad I’ve been able to find snippets of beauty in our yard. But devastated, because I’ve made people think our backyard is something it’s not. Well, not yet anyway.
I have big plans for our backyard. At the moment it’s just a weedy hill, with a rock wall, a macadamia tree and a couple of gums – but we make the most of it!
My kids have lots of fun out there as it is, but it has so much potential to be a wonderful playspace with a few additions. Call me crazy, but I have never wanted a flat, grassy backyard. Here’s what I do want:
- back deck – the plans have already been drawn up by Your Architect, but it will be a while before it all comes together. (My sister is an amazing architect – if you’re Brissy based you should definitely check her work out.)
- digging area – I’d like something more natural than a square box or clam shell, and plants around it.
- dry creek bed – yes, I’m serious. I’d love a rocky narrow “creek” running down the hill. It will only run in pouring rain, but that’s fine with me!
- plants – lots of interesting, bird attracting, hardy, climate suitable plants. I’m much more into foliage than flowers.
- meandering paths – connecting different areas of the garden.
- secret spaces – I love the natural cubbies that form under overhanging branches, and don’t mind encouraging them and adding some seating.
- a yard that will grow with us and accommodate everyone in our family.
Catherine from Adventures With Kids has me thinking about pulleys too, and I’m always inspired by Jenny’s posts at Let The Children Play. I’m bound to get planting ideas over at Caro’s blog. Any other Aussie bloggers you would recommend for playscape inspiration?
Don’t expect to see our backyard transformed in a weekend or anything like that – but I will update you as we go. We started our digging area over Easter so I’ll have some pics to share soon. And maybe one day I’ll show you a photo of the whole backyard, instead of just pretty snippets.
What would you love to have in your backyard?