I met a really lovely lady yesterday in the gardens at the hostel/retirement village where my mother-in-law lives – she was turning 86 next week. She lives in a self-care unit still and maintains several garden areas, and she admitted to me that she carries her mobile phone around in the garden now in case she has a fall and no one sees her. (My mother who is younger than this still has trouble working out how to use her mobile!) The gardens I was wandering in are maintained by residents who love to garden. They are like a community garden, each resident having a plot in which they can grow whatever they like.
I took a few photos in the garden – I wish I had taken my dslr with me as there were some beautiful things growing and coming into bloom. Just my Canon Ixus 970IS , which takes very good photos for a compact.
The sun was getting lower in the sky and this rhubarb just glowed in the light. The gardeners had potatoes, tomatoes, spinach, cauliflower, cabbage, broad beans and many other vegetables growing, and they all looked so healthy!
Sweet pea – this was just beginning to flower. It is going to look fantastic in a week or so. (You can see some of the garden beds in the background of this shot. I was concentrating on the blooms not the gardens)
I have included this here as I think it really great that the owners of the retirement village are spending money to make it easier for some of the elderly people to still garden after they are unable to bend down, or get down on their knees. These are very new so it will be interesting to see how they are filled.
I think I will take the dslr with me to the retirement village in a few weeks just to see how things are progressing in the garden and to more deliberately take photos. My daughter was with me and I had to keep one eye on her so just snapped these quickly.