Gar­den ther­apy

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Murchi­son’s John Fer­gu­son wasn’t jok­ing when he told Tatura Guardian jour­nal­ist Madeleine Cac­cian­iga ‘‘You haven’t seen it all yet’’ in re­sponse to her com­ment ‘‘you need a big­ger gar­den’’.

Af­ter John’s wife passed away seven years ago, he went look­ing for a hobby to keep his mind oc­cu­pied, choos­ing gar­den­ing, which he now refers to as his ther­apy.

‘‘It was about 12 months af­ter my wife passed and I had a small gar­den and then it started to get big­ger and big­ger,’’ he said.

Choos­ing suc­cu­lents at ran­dom John picked what he thought would be a nice small plant to start his new love of gar­den­ing.

‘‘No way did I think it could have got that big,’’ he said.

As the years pro­gressed, what has now been iden­ti­fied as a type of as­para­gus, Agave Amer­i­cana has grown to 6 m tall.

‘‘A woman said to me if that flow­ers you’ll lose it, and un­for­tu­nately that’s started hap­pen­ing, and I’ll miss it,’’ John said.

He said the agave stem would even­tu­ally break and fall to the ground, leav­ing be­hind noth­ing more than a mem­ory.

John kept plant­ing while keep­ing a care­ful eye on his spe­cial plant, in­clud­ing sculp­tures, rus­tic fea­tures and house­hold struc­tures, which cover more than a hectare of his prop­erty.

‘‘I could talk about my gar­den all day, there’s a lot to tell about the his­tory pieces within my gar­den,’’ he said.

John agreed to keep the Tatura Guardian in­formed on the plant’s cir­cle of life.

Wow: Murchi­son’s John Fer­gu­son with his 6 m-tall as­para­gus.

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