GAR­DEN­ING

WITH EL­IZ­A­BETH

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - Front Page -

What’s in your gar­den:

In my gar­den I have peren­ni­als such as daf­fodils, hy­acinths, freesias and iris. It is al­ways ex­cit­ing to see them come up year af­ter year. I have ex­otic shrubs and trees and of course my gor­geous roses. Our na­tive plants at­tract the tiny birds who feel se­cure in their dense and some­times prickly fo­liage.

What do you en­joy about gar­den­ing:

I en­joy gar­den­ing be­cause I never need to make an ap­point­ment to visit my gar­den. It is al­ways there wait­ing pa­tiently for me to tend it when­ever I get a minute. Gar­den­ing is like a balm and all your cares dis­ap­pear.

Fa­vorite plant/spot in your gar­den:

My fa­vorite place is un­der the Manchurian pear trees in our court­yard. They shield us from the hot sum­mer sun. They also pro­vide a cool en­vi­ron­ment for our weary cy­clists af­ter their hill climb into Beech­worth.

Wa­ter sav­ing/con­ser­va­tion tip:

We do not have lawns. All the gar­den beds are mulched and we fa­vor hardy plants.

Your tips to keep gar­dens in top shape:

Gar­den­ing should be part of your daily rou­tine. No time spent in the gar­den is too short. It only takes a minute to pull out a weed or dead head a rose. Al­ways have the se­ca­teurs handy. If you wait for an af­ter­noon or even an hour to do some gar­den­ing it might never come. Mean­while the weeds and un­tidi­ness build up and you feel you need more time to set things in or­der and so the whole thing over­whelms you.

PHOTO: Wendy Stephens

IN THE SHADE: El­iz­a­beth Mor­ris in her gar­den.

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