Welcome to my Balinese garden which is looking a little wet this morning.
As soon as I heard the rain I knew I just had to get out as soon as I woke up and take some photos.
The garden was looking gorgeous, and fresh, as if relieved of summer sun, and I must say that I too had a bounce to my step. I skipped and danced like nobody was watching! (I hope they weren’t!)
I snapped pictures of the last of the flowers; frangipanis, magnolias, hibiscus and a trumpet vine.
It’s been such fun creating a Balinese garden over the last five years, adding bits and bobs to it, and watching it grow during the various seasons. Autumn is no exception.
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5 Tips for a Balinese Garden
1. Choose plants like palms, which for small backyards grow well in large pots.
2. Choose trees and shrubs that give off an exotic fragrance like magnolia and frangipani.
3. Scour garage sales, garden centres and curiosity stores (such as Thingz) for Balinese inspired statues, artefacts and hangings.
4. Install some kind of water fountain.
5. Little candle holders add a tropical touch and they are suitable for battery run imitation candles.
Arrange four or five as focus points along a pool or garden edge.
Balinese Gardens love the rain
It’s been a long hot summer in Western Australia with the mercury tipping almost 40 on the hottest days, so this rain was not unwelcome.
Not at all, not one bit.
I remember back to the weekend in January when we were at the ‘fringe’ circus event further south in Karridale. It was so sweltering hot that we sat (sweating conkers) and misting our faces with a garden spray tool to keep a little bit cool while munching on a picnic lunch in the awning of a friend’s tent. It was even too hot to consider a drop or two of Margaret River’s finest Sauvignon Blanc … Sacrilege!
So photographing droplets of rain this morning on the delicious monster leaves below, felt sweet and cool, and the drops of rain were as welcome as any glass of wine!
Now the heat of summer has passed, and in South West Australia the turquoise blue seas will change to grey as the cold fronts press in.
My frangipanis will blow down, and the big fat green leaves will shrivel and die leaving architectural spiky brown stems making shapely silhouettes against the fence.
Until then I salute the frangipanis, which are so much an integral part of a Balinese garden and the garish red geraniums below that give the garden an exotic appeal.
If you love gardening you might find Mel’s Guide to the Best Gifts for gardeners helpful.
More Bali Garden Photos and Information
Because Bali is such a popular tourist destination and so close to Western Australia, many of us sandgropers are intrigued by the tropical isle. I’ve written more about “Things to do in Bali”, “What to do in Bali” and “Bali style backyards” in posts where you’ll find tons of Bali holiday photos and Bali garden photos to share on Pinterest or Facebook too.
Pop on down to the links at the bottom of this post if you’d like to find out more.
What to do in Bali: 29 Awesome things to see do in Bali
Balinese Gardens: How to create Balinese Gardens without going to Bali
Bali Style Backyards: How to create a Balinese Garden in your backyard
Bali Holidays: Why take holidays in Bali when you live in Western Australia
Broome or Bali? : Why basking in a Bali resort in Broome is good for you
I’m linking to Travel Photo Thursday today where you’re sure to find some great travel stories.
I’m interested to know – if you had to pick a favourite garden style … or a favourite flower, what would it be?