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Baileys are a proud sponsors of Open Gardens WA. We were invited for a sneak peak of the garden then sat down for a coffee with Joy and Mary of Open Gardens WA, and Sandra owner and chief gardener of Pepper Cottage.
Baileys: Why do you like open gardens?
Joy: Because I like a sticky-beak at other people's gardens! You learn new things and see how they designed their space, and what plants they've chosen. Also what their soil is like interests me too.
Mary: Ditto, but I think gardens are like an art gallery. I love coming to see what other people have done with their gardens. It gives me ideas for my own. I love to see the gardens with lots of space like Sandra's, they can do so much with their gardens I get a bit envious.
Baileys: Sandra, you have done an open garden before? But not in winter?
Sandra: Correct, This is the first winter. Last time was in spring so there were about 130 roses flowering whereas this open garden is about the Camellias and Azaleas. Hopefully we've got the timing right!
Baileys: Walking around the garden now we have seen heaps of plants with lots of buds and a few open flowers. what do you think?
Sandra: We have a couple of weeks, I think we'll be ok. Even if we don't have loads of them out there'll be enough to be really beautiful, So I think we will be spot on. As long as we don't get a storm that blows them all away!
Baileys: I've seen the photos of the garden renovation. When you came here you put in all the paths and the gazebos. Your husband's been hard at work with building. How many sitting spots have you created in your garden?
Sandra: Oh, I've never counted them out. There would be at least a dozen. The children don't understand why we're always buying more outdoor settings. We like variety and we always sit in the space where we've been working so we can look at what we have achieved. Well actually I'm really the only one who is the gardener. My husband does the hard landscaping.
Baileys: Your friend who sat at one of the gazebos. How many species of bird did he count?
Sandra: He says 80. sounds an awful lot, but he is quite a bird enthusiast. We have red, black and white tail cockatoos. The black tail cockatoos come to eat all my macadamias. There are so many tiny, tiny, tiny birds. The little red breast and wrens but you never see the blue ones. They're very shy, but then I'm not a bird enthusiast.