Monday, April 30, 2018

March and April Garden News

Where has the time gone?
It’s now the first of May and I have been pressed for time most of this year.
I think it’s because we have had a wettish summer and everything has grown more than usually, I seem to spend a lot of time cutting back shrubs and trees.

Anyway getting to March garden news which I just did not get time to do.
We started off by visiting ‘Rose Lovers’ where I gave the ‘Clever Gardening’ presentation, they are a great club and we have been there on a few occasions.
Then ‘Eagleby Garden Club’ came to the garden by bus, about 45 people. All enjoyed the garden and another great club.

Then a ‘Clever Gardening’ presentation to ‘Golden Downs over 50s’ resort.
School holidays started so lots of minding the Grandchildren.
I suppose due to plenty of rain and the fact that I should have more time to do things due to not having to water the garden; I didn’t and was time poor.
A massive Macadamia branch came down last month over one of our shade areas, now there’s another big branch which needs to come down.
In April we had our big plant sale and for a donation people could walk the garden.
It was a great success especially as I only advertised it through social media and a few emails to garden clubs.
We will do it again as it was so much easier than the big Open Garden thing.
Ormeo Garden Club held their monthly meeting here, what a great idea, they had a great time in the garden and I gave a presentation of ‘Bizarre and Beautiful Botanicals’.

The really big news was purchasing a Kia Sorento SUV, diesel, it was our first new car for many a year and we are very happy with it.
We then drove to Agnes Water to see our youngest son and his family, great to have a week off gardening. The kia took us up there using 5.7 litres per 100 klms which was phenomenal.
Now it’s back to gardening in a big way, lots of fruit trees to cut back, composting and mulching to be done ect.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Garden News February 2018

Not a lot to report this month as the weather has been quite terrible.
The only redeeming feature was that we had some decent rain.

February was so hot every day and humid, end up soaking wet with sweat from the day’s work.
The swimming pool received a good workout.

The garden presentations started this month with a trip to West Logan to give a presentation to ‘Greenpark Garden Club’, then there was a bus trip from the ‘Bundaberg Garden Group’, they were here last year but we were in drought conditions at the time so it was quite different for them this time, everything was green and quite lush.

We received an dinner invite from the Lions Club who gave us a nice certificate of appreciation for raising around $60,000 from our Open Gardens.

One big disaster this month was half a Macadamia tree fell on top of a shade house, although it did not destroy any plants it made a real mess of the shade house and took a big chunk out of the remaining half. 
What a job getting it down, never realised Macadamia wood was so heavy, exhausting work getting it down, I think the rest of the tree will have to be cut down also.