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.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

June 2017 Garden News

Phew, June is over.
Another very busy month but July is going to get even busier.
Winter has not yet arrived, I am still in shorts and short sleeved shirts, so 1/3 of winter over and things are flowering in the garden that should not be.
The Brugmansias are flowering well at the moment.
 Maroo Pink
Hopefully we will get a cold spell that will kill off a few of the insects that bite us and eat our plants.
We started off the month by going to ‘Forest Lake Garden Club’ to give my ‘Clever Gardening’ presentation.

Then we had a visit from members of a local ‘Probus Club’, followed by a long drive to ‘Valley of the Lakes’ garden club at Esk.
Our friends from ‘Natrakelp visited us.

Another bus trip later in the month were ‘Kenmore/Indooroopilly Garden Club’.

Every garden club that visits I have to have the garden as perfect as it can be, so that’s a lot of work.
Wow, we had some good rain in June which filled up our tanks. It is so relieving to know that all seven tanks are full with 108,000 litres of water to take us through what is usually our dry season.
I bought this 'Jabiru' and it is stunning in it's rightful place in the garden.

I have spent a lot of hours painting the outside of our house; I have painted all the gutters, facia boards, soffeting and all bare timber. Finally finished and I am glad to see the last of the paint brush.
Just a few other plants that have flowered this month.
 Cattleya Dah;'s Rapture 'Water Colours'.
 Hard Cane Dendrobium Orchid.
 Spathoglotlis kimballiana
  Tetradenic riparia