Tuesday, August 04, 2009

July 2009 Garden news

To start off the month I was asked by the Ormiston Garden Club to talk at their meeting, I was only given 24 hours notice but still agreed to do it.
As I now have a very good ‘Power Point’ presentation I needed a projector. Luckily they were able to source one at the last minute, but it was not compatible with my laptop, fortunately one of the members was able to source another laptop within a few minutes and the presentation went ahead. This mix up has given me the impetus to purchase my own data projector and screen.
I am really enjoying talking to Garden clubs.
On the day prior to the Nambour Garden Expo we had some visitors from the 'Sydney Tropical Garden Society' even although most of the tropical plants were in the dormant stage they still went away very impressed.
The Nambour show was as usual a great day out and Judy and I managed to source some new plants.
SMART gardeners are still having monthly meetings and I am booked to give a couple of presentations at the Cleveland Library.
My youngest son Warrick and his girlfriend are away on a six-week holiday in Switzerland and we are looking after their two Jack Russell dogs, this is hard work as they are both demanding pets.
The big news is that Warrick proposed to Fabienne and of course she said yes, it was nice as we were able to watch the proposal on ‘you tube’,


I built a new extension to a garden and planted some very rare Hawaiian Cordylines that I had sourced.
I think the back yard is finally finished landscaping.
It is back to being very dry and we are watering from the rainwater tanks at the moment.
My eldest son Scott is off the France shortly to compete in the ‘World Disabled Water Ski Championships’, these are held every two years. Scott is the present World Champion in his division (paraplegic). What really annoys me is that he has to mostly self fund this trip, he even has to pay excess baggage on his water-ski equipment. It seems like representing Australia does not count for much unless you are in a high profile sport, then they just throw money at you. He is a real hero to have conquered his disability with such outstanding courage. He Puts a few of the high flyer's to shame. I just wish I could help him more.


africanaussie said...

Just wanted to tell you that your garden is beautiful! I have a very small garden, but am growing a lot of the same plants you are. Luckily I live in the tropics, (near Cairns) in a tiny area, but started out with a lovely big lychee tree. So I have good bones to work with! I am looking forward to browsing more of your photos! Here is my garden blog http://africanaussie.blogspot.com/
take care and happy gardening! Gillian

Ian said...

Thanks for your comment.
Lucky you living in Cairns. I would love a real Tropical garden, it's really hard here at times to grow the type of plants we like.