PAUL NOONE turned over a new leaf 40 years ago when he gave up his rebellious ways for a life with a green thumb.
“My mates say to me, ‘I can't believe you grow flowers' because I was pretty wild when I was younger,” the Toowoomba resident said.
“My grandmother had a hectare of flowers so I tell them, ‘it's in my genes, I never had a choice'.”
Mr Noone started growing roses and expanded to orchids after advice from a local nursery.
“I grew cut flowers for the house and there was a gap between (seasonal) flowers at the end of February and roses coming back at the end of March,” he said.
Now Mr Noone passionately looks after five garden sheds of orchids at his home.
“I have my own orchid show the whole year round,” he said.
Mr Noone was one of hundreds of visitors inhaling the natural perfumes and gazing at the vibrant colours at the Orchid Show in Casino yesterday.
The show, which continues until Saturday at the Anglican Church Hall, was held by the Casino and District Orchid Society Inc as part of Beef Week celebrations.
Society president Joan Causley said there were 240 exhibitors at the show.
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