This gar­den

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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.

PHO­TOS: EMILY SMITH

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.

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