Monday, October 02, 2017

September 2017 Garden News

September, what a terrible month for gardening.
No rain whatsoever and a heat wave, temperatures in the high 30s the result is that the ground is warmer than usual so everything will be early.
The Black Sapotes which we usually pick in November are ripening on the tree and unfortunately the Flying Foxes have found them.

The Possums have found the ‘Nam Doc Mi’ Mango tree and are determined to strip every leaf off it and no matter what I try I cannot stop them, I have set traps, put toilet blocks in the tree, bought electronic repellents and a special wood chip and still they come.

Some garden pictures from Septembers garden.

Our Grandchildren visited and Sophie had the idea that all the animals in the garden need to have a conference, so off they went hunting.
Guess who had to put them all back though.

 Some more garden pictures.

On the 13th we had a bus trip from Esk ‘Valley of the Lakes’ Garden Club, they are a great club and really enjoyed the garden but being so dry it was difficult to prepare.

On the 26th we visited ‘The Gap’ Garden Club, again a great club with almost 100 members in attendance. I gave my new presentation ‘Clever Gardening’ which was very well received.

Then on the 30th another bus load of visitors from the ‘Bundaberg Garden Group’, again the garden was dry but they knew that as they are suffering the same as we are.

I have found a really good product Rocky Point ‘Active 8, finding it great to add to the vegetable garden and flowering plants like Daylilies and Hippeastrums and it’s not expensive.

We are now in ‘Open Garden’ mode and this year will be our 15th opening and I am sorry to say our last.

It is getting harder and harder each year and all our helpers are getting older and older so we have made the decision that 2017 will be our last, we still plan to have a couple of plant sales a year where people can walk the garden but it will not be the big deal opening with catering, raffles ect.

As I am writing this I can hear the sound of light rain, here’s hoping I have better news in my October blog.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

August 2017 Garden News

Two garden presentations this month, first one to Karana Downs Garden Club and the second to Clayfield Ascot Garden Club, no bus trips this month but two in September.

The garden is really dry as we have not had rain for several months.
Basically the only real rain we have had all year was in March when Cyclone Debbie came through, I really hate to think what the garden would look like if ‘Debbie’ had never happened, probably all dead by now.
The tanks were full from ‘Debbie’ but are starting to look a bit sad now.
Not a lot in flower this month but the new gardens I built in April are really coming on nicely.

It would be great to get some rain in September, but that is a rare occurrence.
We have had an extremely warm winter, only having to light the fire twice, I have a feeling we are in for a hot summer.
We decided to replace the flooring in the hall, entry, kitchen, rumpus and family rooms, a total of 75 square metres (that’s a lot of tiles), we hired a professional to take up the entire old lino, tiles and level any uneven floor areas.

Of course all the furniture had to be removed and for two weeks we basically lived in the laundry, it was difficult but the end result was worth it.
We now have a beautiful floor that we are happy with.

I finished pruning all five Custard Apple trees and in the process lost my new Silky saw that Judy bought me for Christmas, so out I went and spent $100 on a new one because I cannot be without a Silky saw.

A couple of weeks later while laying down Sugar Cane mulch in the garden I spotted something bright and shiny, yes it was my Silky saw that I thought I had lost to the dump, anyway I now have two almost new ones now.
My next big job was to repot all my Amorphophallus collection, also sorting out the ones we will have for sale at our November ‘Open Garden’.

This year will be our 15th opening and we think it will probably be our last as it is just getting too hard for Judy and our helpers are now not in the best of health.

I also top dressed our lawns and NOT HAPPY with the mix, I should have refused to accept the mix as soon as I saw it but thought it may be OK, it wasn’t and I am not happy with the supplier, it was like a muddy mix of sand and chicken manure, not nice.
We picked some nice Navel Oranges this year.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

July 2017 Garden News

July has been one big blur; I have never known a month to go so fast. I suppose that’s what happens when you are busy.
Who said retirement was relaxing?
A few pictures from this month in the garden.

 Costus amazonius

 Curly Poinsettia

 Blanchetiana Bromeliad

 Costus cuspidatas
 Schaueria flavicoma
Brugmansia 'Shiver me Timbers.
We are two months into winter and have only lit our wood fire twice; it has been a very warm winter, so I suppose this summer will be full of bugs eating all our plants.
We started off the month by hosting a large bus group from ‘Logan City garden Club’ then of course went to our favourite garden show at Nambour where I bought myself a battery powered Sthil pole saw at 20% off.

Following that we visited ‘Ormeo Garden Club’ for a presentation.
Then the next week was a visit to a retirement village at Murrumba Downs where I gave a presentation.
Our son and his family returned from a holiday in Switzerland so we hosted them for a few days and were able to give Celeste a party for her fifth birthday.

In the meanwhile we had decided to redo the floor coverings in our entry, hall, kitchen, family and rumpus rooms. All the furniture including fridges ect had to be shifted.

Then a great tradesman came and stripped all the old vinyl and tiles and diamond grinded the floor ready for the tiler.
The tiler had a real headache as the tiles were different sizes and had to follow a strict pattern; anyway he was also a great tradesman and did a fantastic job.

So two weeks later we were able to get back to a normal life and not having to rough it.
We then went to ‘Beenleigh Garden Club’ to do a presentation and then that same week one to ‘Ferny Grove Garden Club’.

So as you can see we have been very busy.
Probably the biggest job in the garden was to cut back all four Carambola trees, a big job with lot's of climbing and sawing.

Unfortunately I think my new Silky Saw went to the dump along with all the branches, pity as it was a Christmas present from Judy.
I am afraid I have not done much else in the garden this month and it badly needs watering as July was very dry and warm.

My next job in the garden is to repot my Amorphophallus collection.