Nell builds up a lovely garden
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.
There are many ornaments in the garden.