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.
IN THE SHADE: Elizabeth Morris in her garden.