A one acre Sub Tropical garden situated just east of Brisbane. We have opened our garden to the public for 14 years. We open in November to aid a specific charity. On this weekend get a lot of pleasure meeting fellow gardeners. Judy sells many rare plants and this helps us to do more projects and buy more plants. Judy and I are 'plants-people'and cannot resist buying something rare that we do not have. It has been very hard gardening as we seem to be in a severe drought most years.
We started off the month with dry crispy brown lawns
and empty tanks, it was quite depressing seeing everything so stressed.
The Brugmansia’s were especially hard hit with two
large ‘Bruce’s Pink’ dying and others not far off.
Whoever said gardening was a relaxing hobby was quite
We had a presentation at the ‘Palm Lakes Retirement
Village’ at Eagleby, I could not give a visual presentation as the meeting was
held outside, it was a bit strange as there was an empty hall adjacent, anyway
I spoke for half an hour about our garden and they enjoyed it.
We also had two bus tours through the garden on the
Tuesday we hosted ‘The Gap Garden Club’ and on the Wednesday it was ‘Blue
Pacific Retirement Village’ from The Gold Coast. It was a shame we were so dry
but all visitors understood that and still enjoyed the garden.
We were asked to give a talk on the Sunshine Coast to
support the Leukaemia Foundation I was speaking directly after this years ‘Australian
of the Year’.
It was a wet
day and I spoke for around 15 minutes before I was cut off, it was a shame as I
had not quite finished my talk.
It was a long two hour drive each way for a 15 minute
Still some colour in the garden.
We had about 50 mills of wonderful rain mid-March, not
enough to fill up the tanks but enough to start turning the lawns green and spark
up the plants and yes I did a 'nudie' run around the garden.
Our final presentation for the month was to go to ‘Eagleby
Garden Club’ and give my new ‘Clever Gardening’ presentation.
The rain from Cyclone Debbie has gone but left us with seven full rainwater tanks and wet gardens. We had six inches of rain (150 mills) which was the best rain since 2012. We can go into winter now knowing we have water, I must admit I was very worried a week ago. It is an understatement to say I am happy.