after the flood, which rose above the couple’s house windows.
“There was just a sea of water here, there was nothing,” Mr Bryant said.
And afterwards, there was so much mud to be removed – “so much that we had to do it manually”.
Strong memories of the flood and their recovery came twice in our conversation, interspersed with the natural cycle of replacing plants – whether roses, gerberas or Mr Bryant’s other passion, ferns.
While the roses and gerberas rule the front garden, king parrots are known to swoop around the back deck – home to clivias and pot plants, and the backyard vegie patch and fernery.
It’s a relaxing oasis for the couple, with Mr Bryant nominating the end of September as the best time of year.
“It’s just starting to bloom; it’s just beautiful with the biggest flush of roses,” he said.
VIBRANT: Cliviaswere named after Lady Charlotte Florentina Clive, Duchess of Northumberland, who was the granddaughter of Robert Clive, AKA Clive of India.
The 17 blooms on this one gerbera plant delighted Vic and Mavis Bryant, who said the high number was unusual.
A brilliant white Iceberg rose bush takes pride of place in Vic and Mavis Bryant's garden.
Vic and Mavis Bryant delight in their Gayndah garden.
The yellow blossom is paler than the richly-hued bud.
Vic and Mavis Bryant love their roses.
A pink rosebud slowly reveals its petals.
Once the roses are full-blown, they will de-head them to prevent a scatter of petals over the lawn.