Dedication key for Colours of Yarraman champions
WINNING the top prize at the Colours of Yarraman garden competition was a team effort for Glenda and Ray Postle.
The couple's Upper Yarraman garden earned the title of Grand Champion in the competition but the win did not come without challenges for the keen gardeners.
They have recently put in 1500 annuals, including petunias, which they have found animals have a liking for, particularly the red and white flowers.
"The petunias are looking nice as long as the hares, the rabbits, the bandicoots, the possums and the echidna keeps off them,” Mrs Postle said.
"You have just got to live with them, so to speak.
"You have just got to grin and bear it, we are lucky we don't have wallabies or kangaroos otherwise there would be nothing probably.”
They are always making improvements to their garden, which have included renewing the edges and extending two parts of the garden to make it easier for mowing and building a new garden of natives.
In addition to the animals the drought has proved to be a challenge for the experienced gardeners but they put their 35 years of knowledge to the test.
"We are lucky we have some bore water but even though that keeps them alive they don't really flourish,” Mrs Postle said.
The garden is a labour of love for the couple, getting out in the morning and returning in the afternoon, with Mrs Postle doing the finer work while Mr Postle helps out with the chainsaw.
"If it is stinking hot we don't do much at all but if it is cool we can get out there and start work,” Mrs Postle said.
Their top advice for budding gardeners would be to avoid deciduous trees.
"We have silky oaks at the moment and with the dry spell they are dropping leaves and you have got these beautiful bushes but you have got all these dead silky oak leaves all over them and all over the road,” Mrs Postle said.
The couple also picked up the win in the Homestead Garden category and second place in the Australian Native Garden category behind Jo Collett and Jeff Dent.
Joe Stimpson was proud to celebrate the impressive achievements of the Colour of Yarraman entrants at the town hall on Sunday.
"I can't pick something that I would have done differently,” he said.
"The quality of the gardens, for the weather that we have had, were excellent.
"People put so much energy in keeping them alive, they were good.”
COLOUR OF YARRAMAN AWARD WINNERS
Commercial Display: Yarraman and District Historical Society
Commercial Premises Garden: Yarraman Hotel Motel
Community Organisation Garden: Yarraman Kindy
Novice Garden: Kellie Kadel
Vegetable Garden: John and Carole Verden
Section of Garden: Kay Basile
Town Garden: John and Carole Verden.