The gar­den of love

Northern Outlook - - OUT & ABOUT - KIM NUT­BROWN

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.’’

KIM NUT­BROWN/STUFF

Mar­garet Cor­boy in her stun­ning gar­den on Ash­ley Street.

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