Wednesday, August 02, 2017

July 2017 Garden News

July has been one big blur; I have never known a month to go so fast. I suppose that’s what happens when you are busy.
Who said retirement was relaxing?
A few pictures from this month in the garden.

 Costus amazonius

 Curly Poinsettia

 Blanchetiana Bromeliad

 Costus cuspidatas
 Schaueria flavicoma
Brugmansia 'Shiver me Timbers.
We are two months into winter and have only lit our wood fire twice; it has been a very warm winter, so I suppose this summer will be full of bugs eating all our plants.
We started off the month by hosting a large bus group from ‘Logan City garden Club’ then of course went to our favourite garden show at Nambour where I bought myself a battery powered Sthil pole saw at 20% off.

Following that we visited ‘Ormeo Garden Club’ for a presentation.
Then the next week was a visit to a retirement village at Murrumba Downs where I gave a presentation.
Our son and his family returned from a holiday in Switzerland so we hosted them for a few days and were able to give Celeste a party for her fifth birthday.

In the meanwhile we had decided to redo the floor coverings in our entry, hall, kitchen, family and rumpus rooms. All the furniture including fridges ect had to be shifted.

Then a great tradesman came and stripped all the old vinyl and tiles and diamond grinded the floor ready for the tiler.
The tiler had a real headache as the tiles were different sizes and had to follow a strict pattern; anyway he was also a great tradesman and did a fantastic job.

So two weeks later we were able to get back to a normal life and not having to rough it.
We then went to ‘Beenleigh Garden Club’ to do a presentation and then that same week one to ‘Ferny Grove Garden Club’.

So as you can see we have been very busy.
Probably the biggest job in the garden was to cut back all four Carambola trees, a big job with lot's of climbing and sawing.

Unfortunately I think my new Silky Saw went to the dump along with all the branches, pity as it was a Christmas present from Judy.
I am afraid I have not done much else in the garden this month and it badly needs watering as July was very dry and warm.

My next job in the garden is to repot my Amorphophallus collection.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

June 2017 Garden News

Phew, June is over.
Another very busy month but July is going to get even busier.
Winter has not yet arrived, I am still in shorts and short sleeved shirts, so 1/3 of winter over and things are flowering in the garden that should not be.
The Brugmansias are flowering well at the moment.
 Maroo Pink
Hopefully we will get a cold spell that will kill off a few of the insects that bite us and eat our plants.
We started off the month by going to ‘Forest Lake Garden Club’ to give my ‘Clever Gardening’ presentation.

Then we had a visit from members of a local ‘Probus Club’, followed by a long drive to ‘Valley of the Lakes’ garden club at Esk.
Our friends from ‘Natrakelp visited us.

Another bus trip later in the month were ‘Kenmore/Indooroopilly Garden Club’.

Every garden club that visits I have to have the garden as perfect as it can be, so that’s a lot of work.
Wow, we had some good rain in June which filled up our tanks. It is so relieving to know that all seven tanks are full with 108,000 litres of water to take us through what is usually our dry season.
I bought this 'Jabiru' and it is stunning in it's rightful place in the garden.

I have spent a lot of hours painting the outside of our house; I have painted all the gutters, facia boards, soffeting and all bare timber. Finally finished and I am glad to see the last of the paint brush.
Just a few other plants that have flowered this month.
 Cattleya Dah;'s Rapture 'Water Colours'.
 Hard Cane Dendrobium Orchid.
 Spathoglotlis kimballiana
  Tetradenic riparia

Sunday, June 04, 2017

May 2017 Garden News

A busy month for Judy and I and it’s going to get even busier in the next two months with presentations and bus trips.
I seem to have spent an awful lot of time this month wielding a paint brush.

We had our roof restored and when it was finished our facia and gutters were completely out of colour synch, so the all had to be cleaned then painted and painted again, a big job that seemed to take forever.
Banksia Garden Club from Bribie Island visited, it was a group of almost 60 people and they really enjoyed the garden staying all morning.

I went to Bayside (Wynnum) Garden Club where I did my ‘Clever Gardening’ presentation; they were very pleased and said it was my best presentation.

A group from Maroochydore visited friends from ‘Natrakelp’ and stayed for a nice lunch.

I built Judy a new shade area as I needed more room for my Amorphophallus collection.

Some of our wildlife.

Some of May's plants.
Bulbophyllum 'Elizabeth Ann Buckelbury'
 Zingiber 'Red Dong'.
 Cattleya Orchids
Baleria micans

Our son Scott competed in the World Disabled Water Ski Championships held in NSW and returned home after winning Gold in the jump and setting a new world record.

Scott Wintle of Wellington Point has set a new world record in the World Disabled Water Ski Championships.
Wintle won gold in the men’s seated jump category, setting a world record of 19.1 metres.  For Wintle the win was the third in a row, having won this event in Italy in 2013, Sacramento in 2015 and now Australia.
Setting the record also fulfils a long held dream and crosses something off his bucket list at the tail end of his water skiing career.
Wintle was part of the Australian team which won the team gold medal against America for the first time.
Wintle, 44 said he would most likely compete in the next world championships in France in 2019 for the last time.  He also intends to compete in the nationals event to be held in Easter 2018.
This year’s world competition was described as a ‘thrilling and close fought battle’ on the water with Australia gaining a margin of about 600 points.  It also put Australia on the map as a worthy world team champion against 10 countries who competed in slalom, tricks and jump.
Wintle may have had an international audience but this championship was raced with his wife, children and future parents-in-law in the audience.
“It was the first time the children have seen me compete.  It was great to have them there and I was stoked to achieve a record before I retire,” he said.
Wintle was praised for defending his title in Seated Men Jump with the tournament title going to Daniele Cassioli from Italy.
In retiring from the sport, Wintle said he would spend more time with his family, particularly with his children, Sophie 8 and Luke 5.
“You get to an age where other things take priority,” he said.
Wintle is sponsored by The BGW Group, Annvid Auto Upholsterers at Capalaba and BHR Fabrication at Ormiston.