Tennis Court

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In the beginning… the neighbours house and fantastic red barn are in full view from this lifestyle block. There is no sign of the garden or tennis court out back.

The court was prepared and laid before the driveway was completed to protect the surface of the sealed driveway from any damages from construction vehicles and equipment.

This area can be seen in its infancy. Native mounds screen the court at one end and tie in with the other natives in the wider gardens. But the tennis court area has remained an area where perennials flourish. Roses climb upwards on the tennis poles and help soften the wires. Mexican Orange Blossom are now formed and clipped, and Robinia ‘Mop Top’s frame each service line.

A heavy Pergola marches out from the back door to this area. A 3m wide Amuri stone path also acts as a Petanque Court for those that prefer a less energetic pursuit. Wisteria/ Laburnum and even a Kiwifruit or two now entwine over this pergola.

A gazebo has appeared out the back of the court. The power is even out there for a spa or tennis court lighting. The gazebo is a picture in the summer with the older fashioned climbing roses ‘Claire Martin’ and standard and bush ‘Strawberry Ice’ roses encircle by the Escallonia hedge.

The post and rail fence behind the gazebo hides the new beginnings of an espaliered Lime tree walk and new Orchard area. The cattle have gone, but the three other paddocks offer grazing for the neighbour’s horses. The putting green and sand bunker do not get much use now, but the playground is still a favourite in the eyes of children.

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