Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

The impatient gardener

Was it really only a year ago that we were unpacking boxes? It must have been. The delivery truck from Broken Hill arrived on just such a wet and windy day as this twelve short months ago and we spent last Christmas in Sydney unpacking, assembling Ikea furniture and fretting over where to put things (the answer in a lot of cases was the loft).

Did the garden really look like this?

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Or this?

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Yes it did, and now it looks like this.

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And this.

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It’s only when I look back that I can see how far we’ve come.

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This tiny back yard won’t win any prizes for neatness or design but at least it’s got things growing in it.

And that makes me feel at home.

 

 

 

 

 

16 comments on “The impatient gardener

  1. bkpyett
    December 11, 2014

    You have really made the backyard look beautiful! So different from last year. 🙂

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    • debhuntinbrokenhill
      December 11, 2014

      Thanks Barbara, I’d love to claim the credit but to be honest I just planted what I could and waited to see what might happen!

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  2. Carricklass
    December 11, 2014

    Wow. You really have created an oasis. A beautiful space to sit and enjoy just being – or reading or chatting with friends. Definitely a garden to be proud of.

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    • debhuntinbrokenhill
      December 11, 2014

      An oasis in the desert? We both remember what those were like! It is lovely to sit out there, do come and visit one day 🙂

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  3. Cathy Mayne
    December 11, 2014

    Beautiful! Indeed you should be proud!

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    • debhuntinbrokenhill
      December 11, 2014

      Thanks Cathy, not a patch on your gorgeous garden but much better than all that concrete!

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  4. Mala Burt
    December 11, 2014

    We should all take before and after photos of our gardens. The same way we take photos of our children as they grow.

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    • debhuntinbrokenhill
      December 12, 2014

      What a lovely thought Mala, I don’t have children to photograph so the garden will have to do.

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  5. monsoonwendy
    December 11, 2014

    It is indeed an oasis lovely Deb and just says, “Sit and chat, dear friends!” And on that, all your friends hear say a very big namaste! Mal arrived a couple of days ago and I had my last day with the ladies today. The gardens here, mainly veggies, have been visual highlight! So lush, so fertile, so flourishing! And it’s back to the Hill soon where we have water restrictions apparently and a rapidly diminishing supply of water in Menindee Lakes! Hugs, as always, W

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    • debhuntinbrokenhill
      December 12, 2014

      Oh Namaste back to everyone Wendy! Hope you and Mal have been having a good time there. Sorry to hear about water restrictions in The Hill, when do you get back? x

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  6. Adele Hughes
    December 11, 2014

    Oh Deb, what a wonderful job you have done creating your garden for small spaces. You must have a particularly green thumb!!

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    • debhuntinbrokenhill
      December 12, 2014

      Thanks Adele, it’s not hard to fill such a small space! Hope you’re heading for a great Christmas up in Queensland.

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  7. pbmgarden
    December 11, 2014

    You’ve created a special space of green and charm. So lovely. susie

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  8. laroseedespetiteschoses
    December 12, 2014

    How beautiful your backyard looks now! Can you come down to Melbourne and fix up mine? 🙂

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I'm a writer based in Australia with a passion for gardening, remote places and people with a story to tell.

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