My Blooming Garden 3: Floral Friday


© irene waters 2018


© irene waters 2018


© irene waters 2018


© irene waters 2018


© irene waters 2018

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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15 Responses to My Blooming Garden 3: Floral Friday

  1. These are so gorgeous! What a gardener you are. I grow fallen eucalyptus leaves and concrete hard dirt – one failed plant after another. Yuck!

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    • I am in reality no better than you Sharon which is why I get so excited by my blooms. Roger scours our local hardware store for the dead and dying reduced plants. He brings them home for me to plant. They will often flower beautifully, the last flush, before turning up their toes and succumbing to their poor start in life. Only the very hardy survive but by then another load of dead and dying have come into the household. Eventually the garden will be full of tough plants that look after themselves but will hopefully add a lot of colour to our days.

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      • Me too – I’m most successful with asparagus fern which I HATE.

        BTW, did you ever find out what those red waxy flowers are? Bugging the patooties off me (and if you find out what patooties are, please let me know that as well.)

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      • Hi Sharon I thought I had let you know – I did find out what it is via Facebook. It is Clerodendrum trichotomum or Peanut butter tree. An ornamental fruit but the leaves when rubbed smell like peanut butter. I will check that out later. Comes from Asia. There is another plant with a common name peanut butter tree (Bunchosia argentea) that has yellow flowers followed by a red fruit. These fruits are edible and taste like peanut butter. It is a South American native.

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  2. Your garden is a delight, Irene.

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  3. calmkate says:

    like the flowers Irene but that aloe vera also looks very healthy!

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  4. macmsue says:

    The Straw Flowers are stunning I’ve tried to grow them but with no luck.

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  5. Jane Gealy says:

    They’ve really brightened up my corner of a drab and dreary England – thanks for posting!

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