Saturday, November 01, 2014

Open Garden Brisbane

Garden News October 2014

Judy has been sick with a very bad dose of the flu and basically has not been able to get out in the garden, then our youngest son arrived with wife and two daughters aged 2 and 4 (Charlotte's birthday).

They are presently touring our great country for two years and called in to spend a couple of weeks with us

Of course not much was done in the garden as our Grand Daughters took first preference, all in all it was a wonderful time and we miss them so much but their adventure continues.

You can follow them on the web either on their site or Facebook both called ‘This is our Australia’.

I went to Caboolture garden club to give a presentation but unfortunately after six slides my computer froze so all I could was give a talk about our garden, they seemed to like it but I did leave feeling more than a little embarrassed.

I had to go out and purchase a new laptop computer.

Later this month we went to Kilcoy Garden Club for the third time, as usual it was very friendly, typical of country people, only problem was that we had two scares driving home ‘idiot drivers in a hurry’.

Then we had a visit from ‘Rose-lovers’ who enjoyed the garden even though it was very dry.

Double Hippeastrums

I honestly cannot remember ever being this dry, I thought 2009 was bad but this is worse, it has only rained four times in 15 months, we have had a few mills here and there but that dries out as soon as the sun comes out. At this point in time with the ‘Open Garden’ only a few weeks away we are truly desperate for rain.

I have spoken to several gardening friends and they say they have lost more plants this year than any other year; I tend to agree having lost torch gingers, beehive gingers and costus among others.
I have to say I am sick and tired standing watering for hours on end.
Red Passiflora
Blue Mist
Yellow Candlestick
Variegated Shrimp Plant
Princess Lily

It is now official; October has been the driest month ever recorded in Brisbane with only 5 mills of rains recorded, it has also been windier that any other time I can remember.
Day Lily's

Cymbidium Orchid
Vanda tricolour
A very stressful time but unfortunately completely out of my control although I do wish sometimes we were lucky enough to have underground water, we have of course but it’s just too salty to use.
Tecomanthe Shannon
Cleaning out the pond.

Tecomanthe hillii
Alcantrea braziliana

Alcantrea rubra

Other than that there are some good things happening in the garden, you can see by the photos I have included.

Monday, September 29, 2014

September 2014 Garden News

On the first day of the month we travelled to Nambour Garden Club to present ‘A Passion for Plants’.
It was a very big club and there were over 160 people in attendance.
My PowerPoint presentation was very well received.
          Peace Rose
      Black Beauty Rose
After lunch we headed up to see Maureen at ‘Mt Towen Tropicals Nursery’, we had fortunately sold enough plants at the club to make room for the one’s we bought off Maureen. We always enjoy going up there as Maureen is a really lovely person and always gives you the time out of her busy day.
I went to 'Ormiston State School' to give another presentation ‘Adventure in the Garden’ to the prep’s, well what a wonderful experience that is, you can really get the children excited and interested, I love doing this.
Then the following week another presentation, this time to Victoria Point Garden Club’s ‘Friendship day’.
The following week we had an evening presentation to the ‘Queensland Bromeliad Society’ at New Farm, so it’s been a busy month for presentations.
We had 24 mills of rain this month, that combined with the  100 mills of rain we had in August has been a blessing for us and the garden, I just cannot remember when we last had rain in August and September.

I am still worried about a lot of the more tropical plants as it has been the coldest Winter I can remember, I think I have lost quite a few plants, but there again I have planted 100s of new ones this year.
I have done some more fencing at Scott’s and built a concrete slab for a garden shed.

My helpers

We had our swimming pool area inspected in order to comply with the new Queensland (draconian) pool laws, of course it did not pass as expected but at least I knew what had to be done.
I have worked very hard these past two weeks taking old fences down and putting new ones up, I think I am there now and able to get the area re inspected and hopefully pass.

I never stop improving our garden, this time I have placed some large pavers and planted grass in-between them. I have tried on previous ocassions to gross grass in this area and have failed, see how we go this time.

I am starting to send out ‘Open Garden’ flyers to garden clubs and newspapers, from now on it’s going to be a ‘busy life’, hang on, I am always busy. 
I have also been busy making signs, very time consuming job doing it all by hand.