Thursday, August 02, 2018

July Garden news 2018


July has again been a very busy month.
It was school holidays so while our youngest son Warrick and his wife went to Byron Bay for five days we looked after our granddaughters.
Lovely girls, coming from Agnes Water where there are no shops they had a ball at Kmart, Target and BigW and of course going to the movies.
I think they thought Granddad and Grandma had a bottomless pit of money; anyway we sort of spoiled them as you do.
My first presentation was to’ Palm Lakes Retirement Village’, I went by myself as Judy had Grandchildren duties.
We then had a bus load of visitor’s from ’Karana Downs Garden Club’, they enjoyed the garden.



It’s amazing even though we are in the middle of winter the garden still delights.



Then of course our yearly pilgrimage to the ‘Queensland Garden Expo’ at Nambour, what a great show this is and it’s getting busier every year.





















We picked up some nice plants and were happy with our purchases.
I finally found time to attend the monthly meeting of the ‘International Cordyline Society’ which was held at ‘Palms for Brisbane’ nursery.




Then on the last day of the month we went to give a presentation to the ‘Maleney Garden Club’, this was so well received with lots of members saying it was the best presentation they have ever had.




I tallied up the amount of talks and bus trips I have done in the past few years and it totaled over 200.
As well as all that I finished of cutting back the last of the fruit trees as well as all the other little jobs that need doing around the house and garden.





I sorted through my Amorphophallus collection and was disappointed to see I lost a few tubers to rot, I repotted the ones that needed to stay in soil and stored the rest dry.
What a big job that has been.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Fiskars Garden Tools

I am a big fan of Fiskars garden tools.

After buying on a budget cheap Chinese junk garden tools I realized that if I wanted a quality tool that would virtually last me a lifetime I would have to pay more to get the quality and lifespan  I desired.

All Fiskars are made in Europe and are a Finnish firm.

Another great thing about these tools are that they are ergonomic.

So over the past few years I have been steadily building up my collection of these great tools (see picture).



Some I have been given by Fiskars but the majority I have bought myself.

I have never had any sort of problem until now.

The cord on my Telescopic Tree Pruner snapped and as much as I tried to replace the cord the more frustrated I became, I just could not get it right and yes I did download the instructions.




So at $200 plus it is an expensive tool to purchase and I am coming up to the time where all my Custard Apple trees will be needing their annual prune.

I noticed while shopping in our local Bunnings that Fiskars tools have a 25 year guarantee.

I will let Fiskars know and hopefully may have a positive outcome.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

June Garden News 2018

Sorry no photo at the moment as I have a new computer and am having problems acessing June's photos.
Hopefully I will find them later.
Just feeling a bit frustrated at the moment.
Just found some.






June has been an extremely busy month.
One of the problems with having so many fruit trees is that they need pruning every year and now is the time to do it.
So far I have pruned four Jaboticaba’s, four Grumichama’s, two Black Sapote’s, and four Carambola’s.
I have also trimmed our large Poinciana tree and the Alamanda’s.
It’s been a big job and one has to have the right tools for the job that is where the Silky saws and the Sthil Pole Pruner have shown their value.
Obviously to have to pay extra to get the best but it is well worth it in the long run.
At my age anything that makes the job easier is valued and I don’t mind spending a bit extra to invest in a good tool.
I never ever buy a garden tool made in China; I have been bitten once or twice in the past and never again.
Brugmansia 'Sugared Almond' in flower and it is unusual as it changes colour through flowering.

We had a small bus through the garden from ‘Ferney Grove Garden Club’ and garden presentations to’ Mt Tamborine Garden Club’ ‘Probus Club of Springwood’ and ‘Northern District Horticultural Society’.
I must say how friendly the Mt Tamborine Club was, it was a pleasure to go up there.
Orange Rostrata Heliconia is coming into flower.

There are leaves everywhere especially from the Pecan Nut trees, not unexpected as it is winter.
I also collected a load of rocks and some soil and did some improvements to the front yard.

Thursday, June 07, 2018

May 2018 Garden News


May was a very busy month for us.

First was a presentation to the ‘Ipswich Bromeliad Society’ it went really well and everyone enjoyed my presentation and Judy’s plants.


 Impatient 'Congo Cockatoo'.
 Impatient 'Tropical Sunset'

We then had a large group through from ‘Highfields Garden Club’ in Toowoomba, there were 59 people on the bus and our garden was their only stop over so they stayed for quite some time.











Only one problem was Judy had an argument with one of visitors about an Aristolochia gigantea, she thought it was illegal and Judy said it wasn’t, anyway this person upon arriving home sent our local council an email stating that we were growing an illegal plant. So around comes the council inspector to check us out, all good. Some people are just plain NARKS.

Our Triplaris was in full flower.


We then had two bus trips from a respite care center, not really interested in gardening but made for a nice day out for them, more a community service on our part.

I replaced the roof on Judy’s shade house, a Macadamia branch had fallen and flattened the roof, that was a big job and also built a couple of plant stands for her.



Little bit dangerous as I had to cut down a massive branch which was difficult to do without causing further damage, anyway managed to do it with a couple of cuts and a fall into the drain hitting my head quite hard on a piece of timber.
Seyrigia 'Snowsticks'

Lots of cutting back and trimming as the wet summer made everything grow much more than usual.
May was quite dry and it was back to hand watering the garden.