Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Friday, October 02, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Sunday, March 01, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
It has been very dry and hot since Christmas, not a day under 30c and the garden is showing signs of stress from the hot and very dry conditions.
I started a new garden while Judy was incapacitated (new knee) as I knew she would not be happy with more loss of lawn, so she came home from Hospital to a 'status quo'. It is probably the last major project in the back yard as the water situation will only get worse and we do want to keep some lawn. I am very happy with the end result and I think Judy is too, but of course she will not say so.
I have been off work for five months, hasnt that gone quick, I have been very busy with lots to do and still to do.
We signed up to have Solar Power installed, we opted for an eight panel system which generates abot 1.3 kw of electricity a day, that with our solar hot water, insulation and roof whirlybirds make our home very green and smart.
Had a couple of Heliconias flower for the first time, 'Chocolate Dancer' and 'Manoa Sunrise', I still get a kick out of seeing a plant flower for the first time.
I must admit I had more time when I was at work to write this blog, I hate being indoors during the day.
Thursday, January 01, 2009
It's the last month of the year and alltogether it has not been a bad year.
The drought has finally broken,admittedly we have had a few dry spells but the rain did come at regular intervals.
It is always a relief when the 'Open Garden' is finished, I am not sure if the visitors realise just how much work goes into the opening.
December started off with some good rain, then we went for three weeks without, then the garden started to get that stressed look mainly due to the heat , we have had temps up to the high 30s.
Judy went into Hospital to have a complete knee replacement and I have been looking after her these past few weeks, looks like the operation was a success and Judy will soon be able to get back to her Bromeliads.
The best news of the month was from Scott and Eliza, seems that we are going to finally become grandparents in May, what wonderful news make it more than special as Scott is a paraplegic.
The garden is looking very green and lush the only thing that spoils it is the Gum trees losing their bark, very messy all the time.
I have often thought about opening our garden in February but realise the garden will be missing colour as the Day Lilys, Blood Lilys,Costus and Caladiums are already past their best.
I have decided to open a week later in 2009, so it will be the last weekend of November, the 28th and 29th.
I have decided on 2009s new project which will be an expansion of an existing garden in the back yard, Judy hates it but I think it will look nice.
Now that I am on long service leave I have time to do everthing, no more rushing.
The prawning season starts soon and I will be leaving the garden for a couple of months while I fill up the freezer (hopefully).
My favorite links
- El Arish Tropical Exotics
- Sugar Cane Mulch
- South East Queensland gardening information
- International Tropical Flower and Garden Society
- Cordyline Society
- Towen Mount Tropical plants
- My Photobucket album
- Untangle my Web
- My son Scott's site
- Garden Product Review
- Oz Garden Club
- Tropical Flowering Plants