When I was a young girl I would love to stay with my grandmother on school holidays and one of the things we would do together was work in her garden. Grandma had a lovely cottage garden filled with canna lilies, marigolds, cosmos, geraniums and a range of other plants and flowers. She taught me all sorts of things about gardening but most of all, just the pleasure of seeing something grow and open, the colours involved, the beauty of nature.
As a teen I would have my own garden patch at home. My parents weren’t really gardeners so they were happy for me to plant and grow things. My other grandparents had a very productive vegetable garden so I would grow some potatoes, strawberries and other things, as well as flowers. I loved to potter outside in the garden, digging and planting and harvesting. I also got my very first camera during that time, at the age of 14.
I’m now married with 4 adult daughters and 5 grandchildren and the pleasure I feel in the garden has intensified. I love to go out and investigate everything, every new bud, every new flower, every new thing bursting out of the ground. Couple that with my love of nature photography and I feel it’s a very good mix – garden photography. My husband and I live in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, Australia, and we have 2 acres, most of which is garden. 3/4 acre is a bush paddock and that is being turned into a garden now too. I hope to share with you the journey we go through with that over time.