Monday, October 15, 2018

Open Garden/Plant Sale 2018


The Giving Garden
5 Carlton Court, Birkdale
 After 15 years of big open gardens we decided enough was enough and we would have to find a simpler way as the workload involved in a BIG Open Garden was starting to take its strain on us.
We were thinking of not to opening our garden at all, but due to public pressure we  have decided to still do it, but do it much easier and with much less work and stress.
So the idea of having an annual plant sale came into mind with a small entry fee of $5 into the garden which will go to disabled sport.
After raising round about $60,000 for charity through our previous openings we thought this year would be a good idea to help our son who is a paraplegic compete in his last ‘Disabled World Water Ski Championships’ which are going to be held in Norway 2019.
The garden is looking great and November is probably the best month for colour and bizarre and interesting plants displayed.
If you have been previously, please come again as we have been busy in the garden.
So there you go, you can visit our beautiful garden again.
Don’t forget Judy will have some fantastic plants for sale, some of which you will not see elsewhere.
We are only home gardeners, NOT a business so we cannot accept EFPOS or credit cards and please bring your own bags.
Kaspar will be here selling fruit trees and Erica will have her cards and wonderful wildlife photos for sale.
There will be no catering or a toilet available but there is a servo just a short distance from us which has a toilet.
Hopefully we will see you on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November 2018 between 8:30 and 4:30.
Happy gardening.




Saturday, October 06, 2018

Garden News for September 2018


We were lucky enough to have had 42 mills of rain early on in the month but that was followed by a couple of weeks of very windy weather which dried the garden out.
We had no other rain during September.
So, my main job for the month was watering the garden which I do by hand as we cannot allow any water to waste.
As usual plenty of wildlife in the 'Giving Garden'.






I am keeping the plants alive and the garden is looking good.
I had no garden presentations but we had one group from Springwood Probus Club visit.
Then it was School Holiday's so it was minding Grand Children.
ow for the BIG news
After 15 years of big open gardens we decided enough was enough and we would have to find a simpler way as the workload involved in a BIG Open Garden was starting to take its strain on Judy and me.
We were thinking of not to opening our garden at all, but due to public pressure we  have decided to still do it but do it much easier and with much less work and stress.
So the idea of having an annual plant sale came into mind with a small entry fee into the garden.
We tried this in April and only put the word out through Facebook and emails.
It turned out to be a great success with many 100s of people coming.
After raising round about $60,000 for charity through our previous openings we thought it would be a good idea to help our son who is a paraplegic compete in the next ‘Disabled World Water Ski Championships’ which are going to be held in Norway 2019.
This will be his last World Championship as he is going to retire from competition water skiing and sponsorship for this sport is very poor and is mostly self-funded.

I am not worried about the work getting the garden ready as it pretty well looks good all the time and November is probably the best month for colour and bizarre and interesting plants displayed.
So there you go, you can visit our beautiful garden again.
Don’t forget Judy will have some fantastic plants for sale, some of which you will not see elsewhere.
We are only home gardeners, NOT a business so we cannot accept EFPOS or credit cards and please bring your own bags.
Kaspar will be here selling fruit trees and Erica will have her cards and wonderful wildlife photos for sale.
There will be no catering or a toilet available but there is a servo just a short distance from us which has a toilet.
Hopefully we will see you on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November 2018 between 8:30 and 4:30.
I will publish more information as time get’s closer.

A big job was to repot all my Amorphophallus collection.


Amorphophallus dunnii

Hopefully we will have a big crop of Mango's this year.
The first Zingiber flowerd this month 'Early Yellow'