4-5 Apr: Bominda - Australia`s Open Garden Scheme

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It is hard to keep the story of “Bominda” short but I will try.
In 2006 we bought 340 acres at Rosevale. We had fallen in love with the area. A hidden
valley, one hour south of Brisbane in the Scenic Rim, Rosevale is mostly known for its dairy,
beef cattle and farming.
There were no buildings on the property but it had magnificent views of the Great Dividing
Range. We chose a site for the house, on a hill (frost free), looking south towards Rosevale
and the mountains. It was a stunning view after the plains of Goondiwindi.
The builders finished the house and shed by Christmas 2007. They had cleared the land and
made a pad for the house. Behind the house was quite steep and bare after all the earth
We moved in and started tree planting in March ’08. The garden is now 7 yrs old.
Little did I know that this was going to become a passion and an obsession! A wonderful subtropical climate, fertile soils, sweet spring water and nothing to stop the garden from
expanding outwards (Bow tried to stop my expansion by putting a fence around it…I was
lucky; he built a generous fence!) so I started to fill up the 6 acres.
A couch lawn was laid in front of the house. And… then we started planting! Trees first!
Tipuanas for the avenue up to the house. The stunning Poinciana as the feature tree around
our home; planted so they wouldn’t take away our view.
We then started looking for the unusual; rare or hard to find trees and shrubs such as the
Chorisia speciosa (silk floss tree) and the Kapok tree.
Three years into the garden we became interested in trees for food. Such a forgiving climate!
In went the mangos, bananas, avocados, persimmons, ice-cream beans, rollinia, panama
berries and many many more varieties of fruit trees! It is such a pleasure to eat your home
grown produce! Food straight off the tree!
We both loved this garden as it evolved and took up more and more of our time!
By 2010 we had built our Little Red Hen House ( a grand home for our fowl) and had
completed the very ambitious vegy patch. Again, fresh is best! Straight out of the soil, not off
the supermarket shelves.
Bow and I love the birds that have moved into the garden since we started it; those
magnificent eagles that catch the thermals and seem to glide endlessly looking for prey, the
magpies, peewees, kookaburras; The doves, wrens and finches.
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We have added our own and others’ artistic creations to the garden. Sculptures, bronzes,
pottery, works of wood and magnificent logs from the Keetah Bridge near Yelarbon. It is
called “The Pentagon.”
On the north-western side of the house we have created our tropical area. Trees, such as the
Cassia Grandis, Bauhinia blackeana, the Queen Crepe Myrtle, Magnolia Little Gem and
palms create the canopy. The understory is full of shrubs such as hibiscus and acalaphas
and tropical plants such as heliconias, gingers, begonias and salvias.
This garden is still very young in the scheme of things. It still has many decades of growing.
But…it has been a great adventure up to now and the best is still ahead of us! Every year
brings exciting discoveries.
Min Taylor
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