Saturday, July 16, 2011
Gardening Australia ? Blow, Blow thou winter wind
We expect in Queensland to get a few cool days over winter. This year the uneasonal heavy rain all over a cool summer has extended to an almost cold winter here at Montville. I'm cuddling up with the heater on near my legs as I write this!
Our open garden on 17th 18th september has us concentrating harder on preparations in 2011 than we did in 2010. It's wet as I write this, otherwise I'd be outside.
The old house has had it's long overdue repairs and is being repainted externally after twenty years. The restoration with new cedar sash windows has really enhanced the houses appearence. Pic. Justicia rizzinii
We are gathering coral, clam and other shells for our rustic fountain to recapture a garden feature once popular in the 19th century.
The local foundary is manufacturing he steel frame for our gate house and materials are being gathered to bring back to life the partly dismantled 'plough Inn' near our Northern Boundary.
Horticulture wise the annual rose pruning has been started, and cuttings material potted up in the cuttings house shelves.
Rain this weekend has helped along our Pansys, Violas, patiolas, Primulas, Kale, Chard, Peas, Queens Anne's Lace, Baby's breath, Statice, helichrysum, sweet Williams and Allysum. We have sewn Sunflowers and have many other seed packets to sew. Hell!
Last weekend the guys from the car club; Joy and John, Norm, Graham, Ross, Bryce, Wendy and Ken helped us trim back some ragged corners and edges of Brugmansia, Photinea, Duranta, Ficus, Waterhousia, Syzygium and tons of Tradescantia (2 utes , 1 dual axle trailer). This weekend our friends Tracey and Chris came all the way up from Brisbane to help clean out our shed of demolition, windows, paint tins, tyres, batteries and other flotsum and jetsum (1 ute load).
From this point our plants can afford no more heavy pruning. from tomorrow it's light pruning, spraying and feeding and a concentration on garden structures.
Dr Michael Simpson