CHANGE OF FOCUS: Nicole Miller with one of the insect houses her and husband Glenn have made.
CHANGE OF FOCUS: Nicole Miller with one of the insect houses her and husband Glenn have made. Chris Lines

Green thumb finds way to decorate garden as plants perish

A COUNTRY decorator was initially disheartened when her beloved garden began to perish due to the drought but Nicole Miller has found a way to continue beautifying her property outside of Allora.

"I used to have a backyard full of plants but there is no keeping them alive in these conditions,” she said.

"There is absolutely no depth to any of the groundwater around there, I have had to change my focus.”

Alongside her husband Glenn, she has diverted her attention away from the garden and into her crafts.

The Millers craft a variety of wood-based decorations for the garden, from insect houses to little signs, all of which they were selling at the Winter Gardening Extravaganza.

She said their decorations had been selling well.

"People still want to be in their gardens, if they can't grow plants then they are going to take measures to pretty them up themselves,” she said.

"A lot of people have withdrawn because of the drought so it is nice to see people here today.”

Craft has helped keep Mrs Miller's mind focused on other things while her garden suffers through the dry.

"I see it as a learning curve, I know the plants which are surviving in my garden right now could survive anything so I will plant more of those,” she said.

Mrs Miller's decorating passion runs from the backyard into the house.

She said she has a taste for anything that represents country living.

"Everything in my house is old and rustic, I love the country style and don't like anything new.”