More work from the archives of ABC Open. From the days of The 500 word project.
Mum has always loved gardens. She used to stop and knock on our neighbours’ doors when their gardens had plants with brilliant potential cuttings. Then she would ask ‘Do you mind if I take a cutting?’
She came equipped with her own garden gloves, shears and buckets. I wonder what the neighbours thought of her as she harvested their gardens. I remember being embarrassed, but she did do it with everyone’s blessing. I don’t remember anyone ever saying no to her.
Mum loved to try and grow tropical plants in Tasmania to remind her of her original home in Papua New Guinea. She had immense pride when she had success with her hibiscus. She has always been a determined lady in both her garden and other parts of her life.
When we were little Mum clearly told us to stay away from her garden flowers – ’Look, don’t touch.’
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