Jenny’s garden is paradise
Laid-back approach creates a wonderland
SPRAWLING over the backyard of Jenny Grealy’s homestead outside of Monto is her very Aussie garden.
Hard work and a relaxed attitude have had fantastic results and plants like bougainvillea, brought over by the first settlers, light up the garden with colour, while parrots and wallabies search for food.
“The wallabies are a big problem,” Mrs Grealy said.
“They eat all my roses and prune off the bottom of even the citrus trees; I’ve got no idea how to get rid of them.”
But the parrots are a favourite, and Mrs Grealy and her husband Mick have spent many afternoons watching them splash in the water dish as the sun goes down.
“I don’t consider myself a gardener, just someone who likes something nice to look at on the veranda at the end of the day,” Mrs Grealy said, with a laugh.
“So if something dies or I can’t get it to grow I don’t worry much, I just plant something different next time.”
But despite Mrs Grealy’s laid-back approach, her fern garden, bougainvilleas, bromeliads, birds of paradise, daisies and herb garden are all ticking along very well indeed.
She said the little signs
marking out different herbs are a great help when gardening with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
“It’s nice to have something we can all do together, the herb garden is great when we are gardening and cooking because I can send them out to collect bits for me and they know where it all is,” she said.
“But there are lots of distractions for kids out here; I was gardening with my great-grandson Connor (Stele) the other day and he came across some snails, so that was the end of gardening.”
Granddaughter Tayissa Grealy also lends a hand sometimes, and she came along to the last meeting of the Monto Garden Club.
“She likes winning the plants in the raffles; she’s pretty good at helping me pot them up and water them afterwards too,” Mrs Grealy said.
Mrs Grealy’s charismatic garden also tells a great story of her adventures; when she moved from Blackwater to Monto 12 years ago she said she had an entire horse float “choker-block with all the plants”.
And lining the edge of her front lawn she has painted plough discs, collected from farms all over the area.
Despite the years of hard work gone into Mrs Grealy’s garden she still has one more idea to put in place.
“One day I would like to have buffalo lawn.
“We had it at our old property and no one would ever wear shoes to our parties because that spongy grass feeling is so nice underfoot,” she said.
FULL OF COLOUR: One of Jenny Grealy’s favourite plants is bougainvillea.
The hill-top garden is protected from the frost, allowing plants to flourish all winter long.
Knick-knacks collected over the years give Jenny Grealy’s garden a lot of personality.
Jenny Grealy said she is a big fan of bromeliads because they are so easy to grow.
Jenny Grealy said some afternoons there are up to 20 parrots in her back garden.
Bougainvilleas are thriving on the Monto property.
White birds of paradise plants grow much taller than the normal type, Monto’s Jenny Grealy found out.
Daisies brighten up Jenny Grealy’s front garden.
Jenny Grealy’s husband Mick is a horse breeder and she said all the fresh horse manure does wonders on her garden.
A carefully labelled garden is important for when the grandkids visit.