Friday, April 01, 2016

March 2016 Garden News

Finally had a bit of on off rain, not a lot, not enough to fill our tanks but enough to turn the brown lawns green. Every small bit is welcome.
It has been a very hot March with the temperature not falling below 30c all month, both Judy and I will be so glad to see some cooler weather.
Aphelandra tetragona
Brazil Cloak
Cat's Whiskers
Blue Ginger

I have been working hard in the garden doing lots of little jobs that overall make a difference.
Last month's project is really looking good now it's finished.

I bought this Medinilla teysmannii from Cairns a couple of years ago, very excited to see it in flower.

We have had to dig out all the Day Lilys and pot them as the ground they were in was completely infested with tree roots; it was a hell of a job, hard on my almost 71 year old back.
My Facebook page ‘The Giving Garden’ is going very well with over 1500 followers and steadily rising every week.

We had two gardening presentations this month; the first was ‘The Society for Potted Plants’ and the second was for ‘Kilcoy Garden Club’.

Kilcoy is only a small club of 30 members but their hospitality is typical of country Queensland, we have been there five times.
Andrew Current delivered 30 bales of sugar cane mulch, we go through about 150 bales a year.

My new presentation ‘Clever Gardening’ received very good reviews from the audience.
We could not get to the Ipswich Garden Expo again this year as each year it coincides with something else more important, never mind have the Nambour Garden Expo to look forward to in July.
Brugmansia double white
Fire Spike
Vanda Orchid
Medinilla scortechinii
Hard Cane Dendrobium
Costus ';Red Tower'

My poor Brugmansia ‘Bucks Fizz’, the weather has just been too hot and dry for it and it died, such a shame as it was such a spectacular looking tree when in flower. I have now planted a Brugmansia ‘Clementine’ in its place, but it will be a few years before it looks really good.

We really need some good rain as we head into winter, our seven tanks are almost empty and as winter is usually our dry season it is a bit of a worry.