Shepparton News

Flower power brightens day

THIS GARDENER POSTED A PICTURE FROM HER GARDEN EACH DAY DURING LOCKDOWN, BOOSTING SPIRITS

- By Caitlyn Grant

A flower a day makes a smile stay — or at least gives a little hope in the midst of a pandemic.

Vivien Harding’s lockdown goal was simple in its premise: one picture of a flower or plant posted to her friends on Facebook for each day we were in lockdown.

The idea was prompted by finding a little bit of joy in her own Shepparton garden.

‘‘The day we went into lockdown I picked a big bunch of roses,’’ Vivien said.

‘‘I thought, this is something to cheer people up.’’

And like Vivien’s garden, the number of images just kept growing — the result was 135 different photos, all from her own yard.

‘‘In lockdown, you lose a bit of motivation,’’ she said.

‘‘People were saying, ‘we can’t wait to see the flower of today.’

‘‘I just wanted to brighten it up a bit.’’

The challenge brought pictures of yellow salvia, tulips and birds of paradise blooming into the feeds of her friends, often with a little story to follow.

‘‘One day I had a lot of coloured leaves, so I made a nice little pattern,’’ she said.

‘‘A friend joked that next I’d start doing rock art, so of course I got some rocks and made another little pattern to post.

‘‘It’s all just a bit of banter.’’ Vivien’s quaint garden is hidden in a quiet Shepparton court.

On a sunny day, little companion Maggie, an English terrier, enjoys bathing in the sun between bushes teeming with colour.

The front garden is adorned by a

row of roses, about ready to blossom into pinks, lemons, whites and light oranges, all bursting with fragrance.

Vivien’s garden is precisely planted, oozing with love, colour and a whole lot of variation, from camellias and daisies to rarities such as dainty tulips and a snowball shrub.

When asked how many plants were within her garden, Vivien laughed.

‘‘Oh gosh, well I had 135 photos and that wasn’t all of them,’’ she said. ‘‘Perhaps 250? It’s hard to tell.’’

The garden has bloomed thanks to lots of hard work, love and dedication.

Having been in the home for 21

years Vivien’s favourite type of tree has stayed the same, year after year as it blossoms.

‘‘The magnolia is just my favourite tree,’’ she said.

‘‘They’re just beautiful, this one is one of the first things we planted.’’

A close second is the f lowering clematis vine, a rather ‘‘unusual but pretty’’ plant.

Having been raised by a gardening family, it’s no wonder Vivien’s green thumb keeps her property thriving.

‘‘It’s not a show garden by any means,’’ she said.

‘‘There’s always something to do out here, I just really love doing it.’’

 ?? ?? Happy snaps: Vivien Harding posted a picture of her flowers each day to ‘‘cheer people up’’.
Happy snaps: Vivien Harding posted a picture of her flowers each day to ‘‘cheer people up’’.
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Pictures: Rodney Braithwait­e In the garden: Vivien Harding and her dog, Maggie.
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A pink budding rose: One of many colours.
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Wow: A purple daisy is a common spring choice.
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A tulip: On the verge of complete bloom.
 ?? ?? Spring blooms: Warm weather brings out a range of colours.
Spring blooms: Warm weather brings out a range of colours.
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A bundle of Springing to life: decadent pink.

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