Nell builds up a lovely gar­den

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR BACKYARD - Erica Murree erica.murree@cnbtimes.com.au

FRED­ER­ICK St res­i­dent Nell Bar­gen­quast loves spend­ing time in her gar­den.

In the year 2000, Nell re­turned to Biggen­den to make her home in the house that many years ear­lier had be­longed to her sis­ter-in­law Lexie.

Her love of gar­den­ing started at a young age, as her mum al­ways had a lovely gar­den when they lived at Mt Har­vey on the Deep Ck Rd near Coalstoun Lakes.

“I used to get in and help,” she said.

“Mum’s favourite were

Bird of Par­adise. her roses, plus with 10 chil­dren there was al­ways a veg­etable gar­den down near the creek.”

It was only af­ter Nell left Biggen­den af­ter op­er­at­ing the Star Cafe for eight years that she took up gar­den­ing again when she made her home at Mait­land.

When she re­turned to Biggen­den, Nell brought her many or­na­ments, along with 20-30 big pots.

“Those or­na­ments have in­creased dur­ing the years as the kids have given me some as gifts for birthdays and Christ­mas,” she said.

There wasn’t a gar­den at the front of the house, only palm trees and grass.

Nell said she got beds built and re­placed the grass with gran­ite and erected a new front fence and got to work plant­ing shrubs.

“With no lawn it saves on the mow­ing,” she said.

“Once I got the gar­den es­tab­lished, the ma­jor­ity of the hard work was done.

“I nor­mally spend two hours of a morn­ing and an hour in the af­ter­noon tend­ing to the gar­den, wa­ter­ing, prun­ing and rak­ing and pick­ing up leaves.

“At my age what else is there to do?

“It doesn’t take me long to do my house­work but I do en­joy cooking.”

Her con­stant com­pan­ion is her dog Mor­ris.

“He doesn’t touch a thing in the gar­den but loves you to throw him a toy to chase,” she said.

Nell en­joys at­tend­ing

mar­ket days and bring­ing home plants and shrubs to add to her gar­den.

One of her favourites is the rain tree presently flow­er­ing in the back cor­ner of the yard.

Nell said she had an­other tree in the front yard that got beau­ti­ful yel­low flow­ers.

“It’s lovely when it’s in full bloom,” she said.

To add colour to the gar­den, Nell has planted cro­tons or their more com­mon name of Joseph’s Coat.

Cro­ton plants are known for their bright trop­i­cal fo­liage, which is multi-coloured and ex­otic in ap­pear­ance.

An­other of her favourites in her gar­den are the Alameda in colours of pink, red and yel­low.

Of a week­end while her neigh­bours are away at their farm, Nell is of­ten seen in their yard weed­ing and wa­ter­ing the gar­den.

Nell’s gar­den hasn’t stretched down to the backyard but she has man­darin and or­ange trees.

She shares the fruit with neigh­bours.

To com­plete her gar­den Nell is keen to add some roses to the front yard.

“I don’t have any roses but would like to get a cou­ple to put in a nice pot,” she said.

Leaves don't stay very long on the ground in Nell's gar­den.

Mor­ris the dog is al­ways keen for some­one to thrown him a toy while out in the gar­den.

Nell Bar­gen­quast with her next-door neigh­bour Leanne Heb­ble­white. Nell of­ten ducks next door to do some weed­ing and wa­ter­ing.

lovely gar­den

There are many or­na­ments in the gar­den.

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