Monday, October 03, 2016

Garden News September 2016

Well so far it’s all good news.
This month is usually very dry; in fact it is most unusual to receive any rain in September.
I forget when we last had rain in September as usually this month I am pulling my hair out looking at the sky and praying for rain.
 Heliconia 'Jamaican Dwarf.
 Amorphophallus 'dunnii.
 Aphelandra sinclairana 'Panama Queen'.
 Yellow Candlestick, another all year colourful shrub.
 Blue Mist, a spring flowering shrub. SPECTACULAR.

The grass is now green whereas it is usually brown this month.
We have had 60 mills, not enough to fill our tanks but enough to make us happy and make the garden smile.
We had a bus trip from a Probus Club which went down well, they enjoyed the mornings visit.

On the last Sunday of the month we hosted a meeting here of the ‘International Cordyline Society’, it was a great meeting with our peers and I gave a presentation on ‘Clever Gardening in SE Queensland’ and Trevor Crawford talked about the propagation of Cordylines.
There were plants for sale and a raffle, I was lucky to win three nice plants.

My new bird feeder is popular.

We had two phone calls in one day asking if I would fill in as a guest speaker, I could only say yes to ‘Glebe Garden Club’ as the other was just too short a notice (one day).
We had a trip to John Cragie’s Clivia farm just outside of Ipswich; wow the plants were just spectacular.
Of course we came home with some new plants.

This month was pruning all five of our Custard apple trees, heck of a job climbing trees at my age.
How good are Brugmansia's for all year round flowering.

I decided to invest in colour flyers for this year’s ‘Open Garden’ and found a really good deal which did not cost much more than the old black and white ones, I also had presentation and bus trip flyers printed which I send to garden clubs.
I am lucky to have a son who is a graphic designer he designs the flyers and is able to make them print ready.

We have one garden presentation and one bus trip to come in October then of course it is all systems go for the ‘Open Garden’.
A view from behind
the swimming pool.
All the Bromeliads were cleaned up and old mothers taken off, looks much better.

I am quite upbeat about the November opening as all the work I have done this year looks good, there is a lot more colour in the garden and we have had spring rain.

Dont forget I have two Facebook pages 'The Giving Garden' with over 1700 followers and 'Open Gardens and Events Queensland' with about 500 following.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Garden News August 2016

I just heard on the radio that some areas of South East Queensland received up to 300 mills of rain this month.
One thing that really is for sure is that it was not Birkdale, we had about 20 mills all month, anything is better than nothing.
I am surprised how long our rainwater tanks are lasting, getting low now but surely we must get some decent rain soon as they say we are going from El Nino to La Lina this year which is supposed to bring us rain.
A garden talk this month to ‘Banksia Garden Club’ on Bribie Island. They were a great club and were very hospitable towards Judy and I, we enjoyed our day there.

We had a trip to Agnes Water to see my son and family and I found myself roped in for a garden talk at their first ever ‘Orchid and Foliage Festival’.

We went to the local 1770 markets and a metal sculpture took my fancy.

The Capalaba Lions club visited and we planned out this year’s ‘Open Garden’, they are very focused and should put on some nice food for our visitors.
I managed to get all four Carambola trees trimmed and started on the Custard Apples, always a big job.
The humble 'Pig Face' always looks spectacular this time of year.

Our neighbour has finally cut down his massive (widow maker) gum tree that was virtually on our fence line, so no longer will our garden and gutters be filled with gum leaves and branches and he can sleep soundly knowing a branch is not going to come down onto his bedroom.

It is also the right time to dig out the Caladium and Blood Lily bulbs, refurbish the gardens and replant.

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'.