Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Garden News July 2016

How quickly this year is going, almost August already and now we have to start thinking about our ‘Open Garden’.
July has been quite mild; in fact most of winter has been mild, we have only had the fire on a couple of days and I have worn shorts every day so far.
This is the 'Chalice Vine, the flower smells like coconut.

A beautiful showing of Brugmansia's at the moment.

Not a lot of rain this month, just a couple of light showers so it’s back to hand watering the garden.  
We did two presentations this month, one to the ‘Redlands Horticultural Society’ and one to ‘Kenmore Garden Club’.

We also went to a meeting of the ‘International Cordyline Society’ which was held in Capalaba, we are going to host the September meeting.
As per usual I have brought in several trailer loads of soil to top up gardens, seems a never ending task.
We had a second crop of Carambolas this year and the Grand Children helped to pich, they also did some chores around the garden.

Judy asked me to clear out an area where she could place more of her potted plants, so here is the result.

While walking around the garden I looked and thought a garden edge was just too straight so within two days all the rocks, sleepers and cement was removed and then the garden was extended with ‘curves’ and now looks much better.

I have been wanting a decent pole saw for a while, so I bit the bullet and bought a Silky Forester 4.5 metre pole saw. It was expensive but you have to pay for quality. I have reviewed some Silky products on my 'Garden Product Review site'.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Garden News June 2016

Early in the month we had a big bus load of visitors from Caloundra Garden Club. Even though it was winter and a lot of plants were in their dormant phase everyone said how much they enjoyed the garden. They were a nice bunch of gardeners and we enjoyed hosting them.

One garden presentation this month and that was a return visit to Logan City Garden Club where I gave my ‘Bizarre and Beautiful Botanicals’ presentation.

Judy had a scare when she went into hospital for her second operation on her Rheumatoid Arthritis, the found an irregularity with her heart and she had to see a heart specialist, result being she now has a heart pacemaker inserted. Then she had a fall and broke her top rib, not a good month for Judy.
We went to see Marie Jones garden ‘Lindmar’ situated at Morayfield, it was a nice garden and worth the trip out there.
Finally some good rain it was badly needed as most of our seven tanks were empty.
Still not enough to fill all of our tanks with three still empty I am not complaining as any bit of rain is welcome to fall in our garden.
Still working hard in the garden with another garden refurbished with new soil and plants, I really think the garden is going to look magnificent for November’s opening.
 Forest Lily
 Abutilon three colours
 Begonia Angel Wings
 Cattleya Orchid

 Cattleya Orchid

 Amorphophallus Konjak

I had promised my son Scott that I would build him garden beds this year and after finding a great looking border block that would compliment his home I started, my main aim was colour and flowers  for the children plus easy maintenance as Scott is in a wheelchair.
I think I achieved that with borders of miniature agapanthus then a selection of croton’s and cordylines behind.

Our Carambola’s are into their second crop this year and are absolutely loaded with fruit, usually I have trimmed them by now but will have to wait until the crop has finished.

Looking forward to next month’s Garden Expo at Nambour, we go every year and really enjoy it, get to buy some plants and meet a lot of gardening friends and acquaintances.

Friday, June 03, 2016

May 2016 Garden News

This month after a long absence we went to 'Aspley Garden Club' to give a presentation, I must admit I was a tad worried how we would be received as I wrote in this blog several years ago how disappointed we were that when they visited our garden on a bus trip they only stayed for half an hour.

Anyway my worries were unfounded as we were well received and the presentation went very well with lots of questions after.
Another presentation this month was to the ‘Ipswich Horticultural Society’ it was only a small group in a very cramped area but it went well as all enjoyed the presentation.
Judy and I had been looking forward to the inaugural ‘Plant Collectors Fair’ held this month in the Botanical Gardens. Well what a turn out, glad we were early as there must have been several hundred in the queue and one inside it was crowded.
Still we bought some nice plants and enjoyed meeting some garden friends and fellow plant collectors.
A person I was standing next to in the queue was a follower of this blog and my Facebook page ‘The Giving Garden’.
Judy had to have a heart pacemaker inserted as when she went for her last rheumatoid operation they were worried about her low blood pressure. Hopefully when she recovers she will be back to her old self. It certainly came as a shock to us all.
I have completed two jobs in the garden this month, one was an extension to the Tecomanthe 'Shannon' climbing frame and the other was to tidy up a small garden.

This meant we had to cancel our trip to Agnes Water to see our son and family.
What can I say about May’s weather, DRY, DRY, Dry and more DRY, not a drop of rain again.  I think this is worse than the drought of 2007-2009.
All our tanks are empty, the garden is parched, lawns are brown and yet I am still buying more plants.
Am I mad?
Two of our Grand Children came and did some work in the garden for pocket money and had a good play in my pile of dirt

Second crop of Carambloas.

Some of the plants that have flowered this month.
Crinum Big Brad
Red Riot.
Haemantus albaflos
Hankerchief tree.
Late flowering Agapantus.
Costus cross 'Yellow Belieze x Rubra'.
Triplaris tree.

I have a huge problem with my Heliconias as they are rotting from inside and no one seems to know the cause. I have treated the surrounding soil with Phos Acid and Molasses without any success.