Heather’s garden double

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Heather Crossley worked for a number of years to ensure her former Wellington St home in central Deniliquin had an award winning garden of which she could be proud.

The same treatment has been given to her new home in Whitelock St, Deniliquin, which has seen Heather win her second Deniliquin Tidy Towns award since 2007.

While many gardens look a little sparse in the winter because of the conditions, Heather’s careful choices in her new garden mean it was still green enough with pops of colour to catch they eye of the local committee’s judges.

‘‘I moved here 12 months ago, cleared everything and started a new garden.

‘‘I wanted to have a nice garden that took little effort.

‘‘The concrete beds (which line the fence) were already here, but they were full of rubbish when I moved in. I cleared it all out and started over again.’’

Heather’s front garden features a bed of geraniums which are literally the centrepiece, and boast an ornate bird bath.

A mix of her favourite plants and herbs fill the gardens which line the front yard fences, and different potted plant varieties of various sizes line all sides of the home and the small front verandah.

Featured plants include agapanthus, a weeping cherry tree, various natives and camellias.

The Tidy Towns honour is awarded solely on what parts of the garden can be seen from the street, but Heather’s love of plants seeps in to her backyard where flowering and perennial plants take up much of the space and are complemented by a bottle and jar collection.

‘‘When I go to Mitre 10 I have to be very particular about what I get because I am running out of room,’’ Heather said.

The Deniliquin Tidy Towns award for this month was awarded to Pat Whittaker for her Harfleur St garden.