Cash from Kangaroo Paws: how to make your garden lucrative

Jackie French
February 17 2024 - 5:30am

I was broke, living in what was still basically a shed in the bush, when I learnt I could make money from my garden. Jean Hobbins who lived down the road had been supplying a couple of local restaurants with bunches of flowers for their tables - not big decorative florist type bouquets, but posies of sweet peas, a few ferns, some thryptomene or kangaroo paws. As this happened more than four decades ago - and Jean and the restaurants are gone from this world, though not our memories - I can admit she also illegally supplied the restaurants with rich cream from Jackie the cow (I think it's a compliment to have a cow named for you), eggs from her chooks, and the carcasses of young roosters that made the most wonderful coq au vin.

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Jackie French

Jackie French

Canberra Times columnist

Jackie French is an Australian author, historian, ecologist and honourary wombat (part time), 2014-2015 Australian Children' Laureate and 2015 Senior Australian of the Year. She also writes a gardening column for The Canberra Times.

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