Friday, December 19, 2014

Where not to buy Garden Soil from in Brisbane

Well there was certainly no sign of Christmas spirit at Nuway landscape yard at Chandler today.
I went in with my trailer to buy a half metre of garden soil.
I do this often but usually from TLS or Colonial so I know how exactly how much is in a half metre.
The guy working the loader drove into the soil bay and proceeded to drop the load of soil into my trailer.
I had noticed that the bin of the loader was not even, there was a fairly large space at the back without soil.
Now these buckets are half metre fully loaded and level from front to back.
I complained and after a bit of to and fro he put the tiniest extra bit in my trailer.
I still felt cheated and went up to the office to complain.
What the hell happened there? I left feeling ridiculed, laughed at and being called a liar.
So much for the customer always being right.
Never again will I cross the doors of this company, the attitude of the staff was terrible especially when you compare it to other nearby landscape yards that treat you decently.
I just wonder if they short change a lot of customers who do not complain, they can make a lot of profit over time by doing this.

Yes, I am bloody angry and I am going to circulate this on my blog and websites.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

November 2014 Garden News

Well, October was the driest month on record and we thought November could not get any worse.
We were wrong, November turned out to be the hottest on record, at least we had 19 mills of rain which was more than we had in October.
The little bit of rain did manage to green up the lawn a little bit, just in time for our 12th Open Garden.

This year I made an all round effort to engage social media regarding our ‘Open Garden’, it seemed to work as we had lots of visitors from ‘Tropical Backyards’ and other Facebook groups.
I even started my own Facebook page called ‘The Giving Garden’, in just two short weeks it has received over 400 likes. I am trying to make it an informative page full of helpful hints and advise.
We had a good ‘Open Garden’ with 600 visitors, all who upon leaving said they enjoyed it and asked us to open again next year.

I often wonder if people realise just how much work it takes to open, Judy and I work for at least two months prior to opening just to get ready, then there’s a week cleaning up and getting back to normal.
On the Friday prior to opening Judy and I look at each other and say “we are not doing this again”, then on the Sunday after everyone has gone we say “yes we will do it again next year”.
We are ‘Suckers for punishment’.

We support a local Lions Club for them to raise money at our ‘Open Garden’for disabled children.
In the last two ‘Open Gardens’ we have raised $8292 all of which has all gone to buy equipment for disabled children.

We usually go for a bit of a holiday after our ‘Open Garden’ but this year we are looking after our son’s two Jack Russell dogs and the older one has some health issues so this year it’s stay at home and of course work in the garden and plan new projects for next year.

We are hoping for some December rain as all our seven tanks are empty and the lawns are brown and the trees stressed, just so dry.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

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.