Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Garden News February 2020

Well what a wet month we had, over half a metre of rain fell during the month, and was it ever needed as the garden was parched and all water tanks were empty.
The tanks are now all overflowing and what a relief not to spend hours and hours watering the garden.
What a difference rain makes.

On the downside the whole month was incredibly hot and humid, at the end of a days work I had to virtually squeeze the moisture out of my work clothes.
A lot of the crusher dust pathways washed away and will need redoing when it gets cooler.
No garden presentations or bus visits from garden clubs during the month but we did host a meeting of ‘The International Cordyline Society’ which was attended by just over 50 members.

I gave my ‘Aroids Colour and Orchids’ presentation which was well received.
Looks like it is going to be a quiet year for visiting Garden Clubs and Bus trips.
I had to carry out some major work on the pool deck as some of the decking supports had rotted.
It was a big job getting all the old timber out and once it was cleared, I decided to do something different rather than replace the timber.

I have put up a couple more frames for shade cloth to protect our plants from the summer sun.
We went to a meeting of ‘The Aroid Society’ and I took along some spare Amorphophallus to hopefully sell, most sold so that was good.

Saturday, February 08, 2020

The Giving garden

I also have a Facebook page which has almost 3000 followers.

Monday, February 03, 2020

Garden News January 2020

After a very successful Open garden with over 700 visitors it was time to clean up the garden and return all unsold plants back in their place.
This process took over a week, let no-one tell you that opening your garden is an easy task, it’s not.
Judy and I had been working for months prior to opening to get ready then more work to clean up.
Just prior to Christmas our son Warrick and his family came to stay and Just after Christmas they went To Byron Bay leaning the two girls with Judy and I.
We love it and the girls think Grandma’s cooking is just the best.
You know when you spoil your Grandchildren when they tell everyone “This is my Grand-Dad, he doesn’t know how to say no”.

Well one thing I can tell you for sure is that NO gardening was done during the School Holiday period instead I took the children to see every suitable movie, went to Bounce and even went Ice Skating.
I went to Ice Skating with the idea that It would be just like riding a pushbike and I would carry on just like I used to 55 years ago.
I soon learned my lesson with a couple of heavy falls, I think that will be the last time in my life that I put on ice skates.
During mid-January we had some great rain, enough to fill all our tanks and make the garden grow like crazy as I put four bags of Nitrophoska Blue fertilizer in and around the garden.
January has been extremely hot and humid; I am soaking wet at the end of each day and have to jump in the pool to get my body temperature down.
Had the best Mango crop for years, our tree is a Schnyder's Pride which is a cross between a Glenn and an Irwin. Great tasting Mango. Judy saving all the seeds to grow on then graft from the mother tree.

Kaspar Schnyder passed away just prior to our Open garden', we will miss him and his knowledge of fruit trees.
The end of the month has come and I am in clean up mode, so much rubbish has fallen into the garden especially from the gum trees and I am having to mow twice a week at the moment although I don’t mind that as it’s nice to see green grass after being so dry for so long.

This year has started off very slow with our garden presentations and bus trips. At the moment we only have two booked for June and a Cordyline Society meeting here in February.
A few beehive Gingers in flower and other plants.

Not forgetting the wildlife in our garden.