The garden of love
Margaret Corboy’s garden is a place she loves spending time.
Gardening has always been her passion; she said she gets it from her father.
‘‘I used to watch my dad out in the garden and I learnt my passion for it from him. He was a good gardener.’’
She said gardening not only provided enjoyment but also it helped with physical and mental wellbeing and provided quality time with her chihuhua/maltese cross Tessa,.
‘‘Oh, it’s a great place to get rid of any tensions you might have.’’
Margaret’s garden is well known on Ashley Street. She often has people stop to comment on it.
‘‘Just the other day a man called in to ask me what the red rhododendron in the front was called. I don’t mind at all.’’
Rhododendrons are Margarets favourite; she loves how there is always something different going on in the garden with rhododendrons.
‘‘The garden is constantly changing. Just last week the cream one was in full bloom out in front and then that died off and the pink one came out. They all come out at different times and they are always changing.’’
Margaret said there wasn’t any real secret to being a good gardener, although she thinks a key component is enjoying gardening.
‘‘I guess it helps that I love it, I think you either do or you don’t. There’s also time. It does take a lot of time and patience and that can be harder for people who are working. They don’t have the time to spend in the garden.’’
Margaret also has fruit trees and a vegetable garden where she grows sweet peas, potatoes and tomatoes.
She has rose bushes and boxed hedges, and her neighbour helps her prune her hedges. She said her neighbours on both sides also enjoy gardening and have lovely gardens.
In the winter time, Margaret keeps herself busy reading books and listening to her CD’s. She enjoys going for walks but really she is just waiting for the weather to warm up so she can get back in the garden.
‘‘As soon as the weather warms up, it’s ‘out you go’, then it’s the mowing lawns too, which I also love.’’
Margaret doesn’t mind the hard work and she loves the reward of a beautiful garden.
‘‘I’m lucky to be still well and fit enough to do it. I guess one day I won’t be and that will be heartbreaking.’’
Margaret Corboy in her stunning garden on Ashley Street.