Queensland, and then came home and decided he would build his own waterfall,” Mrs Thomas said.
“We created the rainforest by planting it and then cutting, to make it grow all these different ways.
“Noel put all the rocks in by hand. You can tell just by looking at his hands that he is a very hard worker.”
As well as being the garden builder, Mr Thomas also looks after a flock of parrots in aviaries.
“When he has seed left over at the end of the day, he feeds it to the wild birds,” Mrs Thomas said.
“We put up feeding trays and mirrors for them. The lorikeets are the vainest, they love looking at themselves in the mirror.”
Mrs Thomas said her jobs were the garden and weeding.
“I enjoy the weeding though – it’s very therapeutic,” she said.
Before the rain during the past month, Mrs Thomas said watering the plants was physically hard work.
But now the garden has sprung back into life.
“We classed ourselves real lucky on Friday night – because we are on a hill, the water went past us,” she said.
“And I think there’s more on the way. We have a cactus that only flowers when there is heavy rain on the way, and it has still been flowering.”
Mrs Thomas said the lawn was dry and brown, but it had come back to life with gusto.
But although they can sometimes spend up to 20 hours a week maintaining the garden, Mrs Thomas says she never tires of it.
“I love wandering around in it,” she said.
“One of my favourite things is this Christmas tree out the front. I just wish there were some Ergon boys around who could climb up and put lights in it for me.”
The humidity has filled the garden with butterflies.
Creativity blossoms in the Thomas garden.
The dragonfruit garden is lush.
The Thomas garden outside Monto enjoys a revival since the heavy rain on the weekend.
They made the stripes on this "caterpilla bush" by alternating green and yellow plants.
Butterflies are abundant since the rain.