Six meter succulent in Murchison

By Madeleine Byron

Murchison’s John Ferguson was not joking when he told News journalist Madeleine Caccianiga ‘‘you haven’t seen it all yet’’ in response to her comment ‘‘you need a bigger garden’’.

After Mr Ferguson’s wife died seven years ago, he went looking for a hobby to keep his mind occupied, choosing gardening, which he now refers to as his therapy.

‘‘It was about 12 months after my wife passed and I had a small garden, then it started to get bigger and bigger,’’ he said.

Choosing succulents at random, Mr Ferguson picked what he thought would be a nice small plant to start.

‘‘No way did I think it could have got that big’’ he said.

As the years went by, what has now been identified as a type of asparagus Agave Americana has grown to 6m.

‘‘A women said to me if that flowers you’ll lose it and unfortunately that’s started happening. I’ll miss it,’’ Mr Ferguson said.

He said the stem would eventually break, leaving behind nothing more than a memory.

Mr Ferguson has continued planting, while keeping a eye on his rare plant, adding sculptures, rustic features and household structures, covering more than a hectare of his property.

‘‘I could talk about my garden all day, there’s a lot to tell about the history pieces within my garden,’’ he said.