Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Published August 20th 2016
'Does it need a lot of watering?'
With spring in the air, one always feels that the garden is one of the first 'tired' places we should be looking at rejuvenating for the summer months ahead. Whether it's to prune, weed (luckily not too many of these in winter) or just to put some colour back in your life ... hmmm, garden, then a trip to your local Garden Centre is always a priority. And, I'm not sure about you, but revamping my garden is a lot more pleasurable than going through the dreary job of sorting and packing winter clothes away, especially as this calls for being indoors.
I love strolling and browsing through Garden Centres (perfect for a Sunday outing) - one can get some excellent ideas as to what plants to put in, what plants are all the 'vogue' at the moment, perhaps a new garden statue or two or ... perhaps a water feature, something calming as a backdrop to your garden.
A few leisurely hours can easily be spent at a Garden Centre.
I have a few plant pots that need something new, so off I went in search of something bright and colourful.
Aussie Gardens - 5 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs
I have the perfect spot for this beauty! Image: Elaine de Wet
Aussie Gardens is a local family-run business that has been operating on the Sunshine Coast for nearly ten years.
While Aussie Gardens has a very extensive range of patio, roofing and bamboo fencing panels, buddha statues, pots, vases and water features, alas, the plant section was very 'thin on the ground' - slightly contrary to the name, 'Aussie Gardens'? So, this left me with no choice but to explore the water features - and these were absolutely stunning! If I could have a water feature in every corner of my garden I would - 'we don't have enough plug-points', my better half keeps reminding me! One can spend a large amount of time just wandering and admiring the beautiful, contemporary water features - I think I've found JUST the one (if I'm only permitted one?) that will suit our garden!
Buderim Landscape Centre & Nursery Supplies - 168 Crosby Hill Road, Buderim
Don't you just love the colours? Image: Elaine de Wet
Buderim Landscape Centre have been around for 38 years and pride themselves on having supplied most of the Sunshine Coast in that time.
Happily, I found a much bigger variety of plants at Buderim Landscape Centre, which gave me the perfect opportunity to 'ooh' and 'ahh', in admiration, at the beautiful array of blooms on display. A good selection of metal garden sculptures - the type that we can purchase from the street vendors in South Africa - plant pots, mulching and compost are all available here.
Buderim Landscape Centre can also organise a professional Landscape Designer to visit you at home at a convenient time should you require turfing (which includes artificial grass) - the big advantage to artificial lawn, is one doesn't have to do any mowing; planting and mulching; paving and concreting; retaining walls and irrigation systems. In addition, their website is pretty easy to negotiate and one can peruse their products and services, email your order through and they'll deliver to your door - as easy as that!
Manawee Garden Centre - 18 Gloucester Road, Buderim
My 'all-time' favourite - Manawee Garden Centre - Image: Elaine de Wet
And my personal all-time favourite, Manawee Garden Centre!
Family-owned and operated, it is always an absolute delight to visit this Garden Centre (their gorgeous Gift Shop is an added bonus). The variety of plants, pots, water features and gardening tool section always leaves one with a feeling of total awe. I usually need a good few hours to wander around here as there is so much to see, smell and touch - one doesn't realise how big it is until you venture inside. The staff are always happy to share their expertise with you and assist with tricky questions like: 'are you sure this plant would like a shady spot?'; 'does it need a lot of watering?' - this one is almost a pre-requisite as I tend to forget every now and then. The large ceramic pots/urns are positioned in the far corner of the Garden Centre, but are also well worth exploring as there is such a huge choice.
These are the three I've managed to find (and no, no matter how pleasant my browsing was, I couldn't find anything suitable for my pots), but I do have the water feature 'stuck' in my head - so, please tell me, where are your favourite Garden Centres?