Merle Bamberry in her beautiful spring garden.
Merle Bamberry in her beautiful spring garden.

Merle digs in to make her magic

NO MATTER what time of the year, Merle Bamberry will spend most days outside "messing around" in her garden.

In summer, she says, it will be early in the day to avoid the heat and in winter it will be when the temperatures warm up.

Now, three weeks into spring, her garden is a tribute to the amount of work the spritely 83-year-old puts into it.

She says it's also responsible for her level of fitness.

"It's hard to say how much time I spend there, but I'm outside most days," she said.

"I don't class it as work - when you enjoy what you do, you don't think of it like that."

Mrs Bamberry is still considering whether or not to enter her garden into the Warwick Horticultural Society's annual garden competition, the entries for which close on Friday October 14.

"It's too early to tell - we could get a hail storm and it might wipe out everything," she said.

"I've only put entries in two or three times over the years. I've entered all the flower shows though."

Nevertheless, with every colour of the rainbow to be found in her back yard, Mrs Bamberry's garden is a prize in itself.



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