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Helen’s spacious A VARIETY of native plants, with an array of sizes, textures and colours, dominate the garden of South Wangaratta resident Helen Wrigley, who has lived on her five acre property for around 20 years. A member of the Wangaratta chapter of the Australian Plant Society, she loves to nurture the diverse array of plants in her garden. It is part of her regular routine to get out in the garden, and she said the main attractions of the pastime include the opportunity for exercise it provides her, as well as the chance to work with a variety of different plants. Among the focal points of the garden are several towering white gums that grow at the front of her property, which make for an imposing eucalypt canopy. The garden is home to several diverse types of gum tree, including different categories of melaleuca which fulfil such different roles as windbreaks and shrubbery, as well as other varieties such as lemon scented gum. Many species of grevillea and wattle also thrive in the garden. That is not to say, however, that she avoids

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Y A W GETA Scarlet | A variety of grevillea known as Cherry Cluster.

Bush Setting | South Wangaratta woman Helen Wrigley in her garden, which is dominated by hardy Australian native plants and trees, including several white gums such as the one in the background. PHOTOS: Kylie Wilson exotic plants altogether – several varieties, including camellias and shrub roses, are planted in close proximity to the house, and bulb varieties are also present in the garden. Living in a rural setting, Helen said frugal use of water was essential, adding that she waters

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If you can get the ratios right, or search for other patterns or templates on the internet, you can make this bucket in bigger or smaller sizes. This project came out the right size to fit a small pot plant inside.

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1. Iron the interfacing to the non printed side of your outer fabric rectangle and circle. Sew together short sides of the rectangle to make a tube and then pin the circle to the bottom of the tub as shown. Carefully sew the circle to the base of the tube.

2. Turn the outer fabric bucket right side out (see picture) and repeat step one with your inner fabric pieces, minus the interfacing.

3. Place the outer fabric bucket inside the bucket you have made of the inner fabric, so both printed sides are touching, as shown, pin the top together and sew, leaving gap of about four inches.

4. Using the gap, turn your bucket right side out so that it looks like this image. Pin the gap closed and topstitch along the top edge of the bucket using machine or hand stitching, whichever is your preference (I used hand stitching this time).

Materials : > 2 rectan gu the outer, lar pieces of fabric 19½ incheone for the lining), (one for me s by 10½ in ches each asuring > 2 fabric c diameter ircles with a six an fabrics ascut from the same d half inch two above > One pie ce inches by of interfacing cut cut into a 10 inches, and an to 19 oth circle with > Sewing a six inch er piece diameter machine

5. Fold over the top of the bucket to show off your contrasting fabric, and you’re done.

Finished project

Tips: >This is a great project for using up scrap fabric. > If you want to, you can decorate the edge of the folded over fabric with embellishments such as a pom pom garland or ricrac. > If your fabric is thicker and more durable, you may choose to skip the interfacing. > If your lining fabric goes in a certain direction, such as this fox fabric, sew it upside down so that it appears right side up when you fold it. > You can use fabric scissors or pinking shears to cut out your fabric, or you can use a rotary cutter (this is especially handy for the circular piece).

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