In my retirement, I have taken up gardening as a hobby. It’s funny how as you get older your interests and the things that you find fun change. If someone told me ten years ago that I would come to love gardening I probably would laugh at them right in the face. Well, here we are. My interest in gardening started one summer afternoon when I was bored and decided to go for a walk in the Botanical Gardens. While walking I started noticing all these plants that were complete strangers to me. The only plants I knew about were climbing roses! As I kept walking I started learning that there were actually a wide variety of different roses that I have never heard of or seen before. I became more curious with every plant I’d lay my eyes on. Eventually, I decided to join a guided walking tour so I can learn more about each plant and its origins.
By the time I got home, I found a new interest ignite within me about plants and gardens. I went for a walk in my own garden the next afternoon and realised I had so much unused space and that all my plants were so boring. I decided to go for a walk around the neighbourhood and see what kinds of flowers and shrubs everyone else was growing. I can’t believe the world of colour I was missing out on! Plants don’t need to be green and leafy! There are so many options. I remember rushing back home and researching ‘where can I buy seeds online?’ Luckily the site I found delivered the seeds quickly so I could start planting. I ordered a huge variety of plants and planted them all in a formation according to colour. I’m glad I did as now my fence line gradually changes colour as you walk down it. It’s like a rainbow of blossoms.