Sunday, June 09, 2019

May 2019 Garden News

May was a very busy month and also very dry, seems that we had of fair share of rain the other month.
Anyway, I am happy as we go into winter with all seven tanks full to the brim.
Our first garden event was a presentation to ‘Clayfield Ascot garden Club’, we have been there a number of times and are always treated well.
I gave my first viewing of my new presentation ‘Aroids, Colour and Orchids in the Giving Garden’, and yes they enjoyed it.
It’s always a worry at first whether the presentation is good enough, so I was quite happy with the reception this one received.
A large Custard Apple tree died, I only noticed it because of the lean, so I dug it out roots and all the filled the hole with eight large barrows of soil, big job. So then I had to expand an existing timber frame for vines to grow for shade.

We then went to an ‘Aroid Society’ field day at Steve Flood’s Nursery, this was of great interest to us as we have bought many plants from him over the years, as we did on this visit.
We then went to give a presentation to ‘Redbank Palms Village’ retirement village, only a small turnout but they enjoyed the presentation.

Our youngest son returned from a holiday in Bali where he unfortunately contracted ‘Dengue fever’ and had to be hospitalized here in Brisbane, good news is that he has now fully recovered.
We then hosted a bus trip from ‘Albany Creek garden Club’, it was a bit of a rush as they had to be at Mt Cootha for lunch at a certain time but it all went well.

Two projects completed during the month as well as all the other garden duties one has to do.

Pity the only place we can get 15 mill bark for the Bromeliads is Centenary Landscapes at Darra. At least I had help unloading.
Some of the plants in May.

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Garden news April 2019

At last enough rain to almost fill all our seven rainwater tanks, overall, we have had some good follow up rain  and what a relief not having to stand and water for hours on end.
It is amazing how quickly to garden has responded to the rain although the lawns have taken a real beating.

So, to say the least we are happy gardeners at the moment.

We had a very nice visit to ‘Mt Mee Garden Club’ where I gave a presentation, very nice country people.
We hosted ‘Mitchelton and District Senior Citizens Club’ and ‘Greenpark Garden Club’, all who enjoyed the refreshed garden.

I am already having to trim trees to let more light into the garden, amazing change from a month ago.
Our youngest son and family visited us then went on a two-week holiday to Bali, unfortunately Warrick was bitten by a mosquito carrying Dengue Fever and fell very sick.
Upon return to Brisbane he had to be hospitalized and put on a drip, it’s a shocking disease and will take him a while to recover.

The rain has of course brought many weeds into the garden and I am digging them out by the bucket load before they seed again.
Nice orchids out at the moment.

My back and left hip is not the best at the moment, not interested in doing any heavy work at the moment.
I have finished my new presentation 'Aroids, Colour and Orchids in the Giving Garden' Judy has seen it and is happy so I will try it out this month when we vist 'Clayfield Ascot Garden Club'.

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

March 2019 Garden News

After the hottest and driest summer, I have ever gone through it has been such a relief to of had some good rain.
We had around the 120 mills in total during March and thank goodness the temperature has finally gone into the 20s.
Basically, every day during summer at the end of the day I was soaked in sweat and had to leave my work clothes outside as they smelled so much of sweat.
No matter how hot it was I still worked every day in the garden making both big and small improvements.
Aroids are gaining in popularity, so here are some of ours.

Several trailer loads of rocks and soil and new plant plus two new shade areas have made the garden more interesting and an draw-card for this year’s ‘Open Garden’.
Wow our 'Condom Plant has flowered.

We had bus trips from Mt Tamborine and Caloundra Garden Clubs which were great always nice people and keen gardeners who loved our garden.

It's a small world a lady from 'Caloundra garden club' had an English accent and I asked her where she was from, and it was not far from where I lived as a child, I then asked her what school she went to and lo and behold it was "Haslucks Green Primary School' same as me, we are the same age and were possibly in the same class.

I have started preparing a new garden presentation starting with Aroid family followed by colour in the garden red, yellow ect.
Amazing just how many red flowering plants we have.
Still have plenty of visitors of the feathered variety.

I have decided to name the presentation 'Aroids, Orchids and Colour in the Giving Garden'.

After the rain it is amazing just how quickly the garden has sprung back to life, there are still quite a few bare patches on the lawn where the grass has died but hopefully that will come back, otherwise everything is looking very healthy.
What a relief.