My garden is also my gym. I patter around in it at my own pace. I've adapted it to my senior needs by creating raised garden beds. I'm also growing my spring bulbs pots, so that I can raise them to table height to work on them.
I've always loved my garden and I don't plan to give it up as I age, I'll adapt it to my changed ability to maintain it.
I get a yard man in a couple of times a year to do the heavier work. I only weed after rain, when the ground is damp. I put down a good 4" (100cm) of mulch to suppress weeds and reduce the need for watering. There are many ways to reduce labour in the garden, yet still have a glorious display of flowers to paint.
Violas in my garden
The Dandenongs are beautiful any time of year, during spring time they are brilliant with the beauty of blossoms, summer is cool greens of every shade contrasted with the brilliant blue, green and yellow of rosellas and in autumn there are glorious hues of gold and claret contrasting with every shade of green.
Visit Tesselaar Tulip Festival in late September to early October.
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