A one acre Sub Tropical garden situated just east of Brisbane. We have opened our garden to the public for 14 years. We open in November to aid a specific charity. On this weekend get a lot of pleasure meeting fellow gardeners. Judy sells many rare plants and this helps us to do more projects and buy more plants. Judy and I are 'plants-people'and cannot resist buying something rare that we do not have. It has been very hard gardening as we seem to be in a severe drought most years.
Sorry no photo at the moment as I have a new computer and am having problems acessing June's photos.
Hopefully I will find them later.
Just feeling a bit frustrated at the moment. Just found some.
Junehas been an extremely busy month.
One of the
problems with having so many fruit trees is that they need pruning every year
and now is the time to do it.
So far I
have pruned four Jaboticaba’s, four Grumichama’s, two Black Sapote’s, and four Carambola’s.
I have also
trimmed our large Poinciana tree and the Alamanda’s.
It’s been a
big job and one has to have the right tools for the job that is where the Silky
saws and the Sthil Pole Pruner have shown their value.
to have to pay extra to get the best but it is well worth it in the long run.
At my age
anything that makes the job easier is valued and I don’t mind spending a bit
extra to invest in a good tool.
ever buy a garden tool made in China; I have been bitten once or twice in the
past and never again. Brugmansia 'Sugared Almond' in flower and it is unusual as it changes colour through flowering.
We had a
small bus through the garden from ‘Ferney Grove Garden Club’ and garden
presentations to’ Mt Tamborine Garden Club’ ‘Probus Club of Springwood’ and
‘Northern District Horticultural Society’.
I must say
how friendly the Mt Tamborine Club was, it was a pleasure to go up there. Orange Rostrata Heliconia is coming into flower.
leaves everywhere especially from the Pecan Nut trees, not unexpected as it is
I also collected a load of rocks and some soil
and did some improvements to the front yard.
First was a presentation to the ‘Ipswich Bromeliad Society’
it went really well and everyone enjoyed my presentation and Judy’s plants.
Impatient 'Congo Cockatoo'.
Impatient 'Tropical Sunset'
We then had a large group through from ‘Highfields Garden
Club’ in Toowoomba, there were 59 people on the bus and our garden was their
only stop over so they stayed for quite some time.
Only one problem was Judy had an argument with one of visitors
about an Aristolochia gigantea, she thought it was illegal and Judy said it
wasn’t, anyway this person upon arriving home sent our local council an email
stating that we were growing an illegal plant. So around comes the council
inspector to check us out, all good. Some people are just plain NARKS.
Our Triplaris was in full flower.
We then had two bus trips from a respite care center, not
really interested in gardening but made for a nice day out for them, more a
community service on our part.
I replaced the roof on Judy’s shade house, a Macadamia
branch had fallen and flattened the roof, that was a big job and also built a
couple of plant stands for her.
Little bit dangerous as I had to cut down a massive branch
which was difficult to do without causing further damage, anyway managed to do
it with a couple of cuts and a fall into the drain hitting my head quite hard
on a piece of timber.
Lots of cutting back and trimming as the wet summer made
everything grow much more than usual.
May was quite dry and it was back to hand watering the
Not a lot to report this month as the weather has been quite terrible.
The only redeeming feature was that we had some decent rain.
February was so hot every day and humid, end up soaking wet with sweat from the day’s work.
The swimming pool received a good workout.
The garden presentations started this month with a trip to West Logan to give a presentation to ‘Greenpark Garden Club’, then there was a bus trip from the ‘Bundaberg Garden Group’, they were here last year but we were in drought conditions at the time so it was quite different for them this time, everything was green and quite lush.
We received an dinner invite from the Lions Club who gave us a nice certificate of appreciation for raising around $60,000 from our Open Gardens.
One big disaster this month was half a Macadamia tree fell on top of a shade house, although it did not destroy any plants it made a real mess of the shade house and took a big chunk out of the remaining half.
What a job getting it down, never realised Macadamia wood was so heavy, exhausting work getting it down, I think the rest of the tree will have to be cut down also.