Thursday, May 02, 2019

Garden news April 2019

At last enough rain to almost fill all our seven rainwater tanks, overall, we have had some good follow up rain  and what a relief not having to stand and water for hours on end.
It is amazing how quickly to garden has responded to the rain although the lawns have taken a real beating.

So, to say the least we are happy gardeners at the moment.

We had a very nice visit to ‘Mt Mee Garden Club’ where I gave a presentation, very nice country people.
We hosted ‘Mitchelton and District Senior Citizens Club’ and ‘Greenpark Garden Club’, all who enjoyed the refreshed garden.

I am already having to trim trees to let more light into the garden, amazing change from a month ago.
Our youngest son and family visited us then went on a two-week holiday to Bali, unfortunately Warrick was bitten by a mosquito carrying Dengue Fever and fell very sick.
Upon return to Brisbane he had to be hospitalized and put on a drip, it’s a shocking disease and will take him a while to recover.

The rain has of course brought many weeds into the garden and I am digging them out by the bucket load before they seed again.
Nice orchids out at the moment.

My back and left hip is not the best at the moment, not interested in doing any heavy work at the moment.
I have finished my new presentation 'Aroids, Colour and Orchids in the Giving Garden' Judy has seen it and is happy so I will try it out this month when we vist 'Clayfield Ascot Garden Club'.

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

March 2019 Garden News

After the hottest and driest summer, I have ever gone through it has been such a relief to of had some good rain.
We had around the 120 mills in total during March and thank goodness the temperature has finally gone into the 20s.
Basically, every day during summer at the end of the day I was soaked in sweat and had to leave my work clothes outside as they smelled so much of sweat.
No matter how hot it was I still worked every day in the garden making both big and small improvements.
Aroids are gaining in popularity, so here are some of ours.

Several trailer loads of rocks and soil and new plant plus two new shade areas have made the garden more interesting and an draw-card for this year’s ‘Open Garden’.
Wow our 'Condom Plant has flowered.

We had bus trips from Mt Tamborine and Caloundra Garden Clubs which were great always nice people and keen gardeners who loved our garden.

It's a small world a lady from 'Caloundra garden club' had an English accent and I asked her where she was from, and it was not far from where I lived as a child, I then asked her what school she went to and lo and behold it was "Haslucks Green Primary School' same as me, we are the same age and were possibly in the same class.

I have started preparing a new garden presentation starting with Aroid family followed by colour in the garden red, yellow ect.
Amazing just how many red flowering plants we have.
Still have plenty of visitors of the feathered variety.

I have decided to name the presentation 'Aroids, Orchids and Colour in the Giving Garden'.

After the rain it is amazing just how quickly the garden has sprung back to life, there are still quite a few bare patches on the lawn where the grass has died but hopefully that will come back, otherwise everything is looking very healthy.
What a relief.