Top ten list of garden plants

  • Abutilons of all kinds
  • Buddlejas old and new
  • Epiphytic orchids and ferns
  • Gordonia species
  • Heliotrope, Lemon verbena, Fennel and herbs
  • Michelias of all sorts
  • Perennial Salvias large and small
  • Species Camellias
  • Tea and China Roses
  • Weigela of all types

Montville Rose

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Book Launch, "An Open Garden" and more new plantings

 Rose 'Buff Beauty' and 'Zepherine Drouhin' at 'The Shambles' Oct 2012
We are looking forward to our Book Launch evening at Rosetta Book Shop, Maleny on thursday 18th October. Being an evening start, 5 30-6 pm means coming straight from work for the occasion.
"An Open garden , and Visiting Gardens by Motor Car has been well received and there are only a few copies left available. attendees should contact Rosetta book shop at or by ringing 54352134 by Tuesday 16th. No one will be turned away however.
Today a scruffy area on our eastern boundary garden, near the side stairs had a makeover. A big clump of Agapanthus praecox was removed along with a bucket of mysterious corms and a large Dichorisandra Blue ginger lily. In this place were planted well established specimens of Rosa banksii alba, Rosa Bloomfield Abundance opposite a mature Rosa banksii lutea. Lavender (Lavandula stoechas), Rosmarinus officinalis, Thyme and Oregana in pots and Lemon grass were planted. Fennel made up the new planting in front of pre-existing Salvia madrense, Salva involucrata and Salvia 'Purple Majesty'.
Several pot bound pelargoniums were released into the ground around the fenced rose garden and potted specimens of the roses 'Julias Rose' and 'Harry Wheatcroft' were put into the North Rose gardens. A new specimen of the rose 'Sparieshoop' was also added, together with a cuttings grown rose 'Carabella' from Ron Treloar.
It is our  third month without significant rain but we still have a very green garden. We made some very promising cuttings from a magnificent Rothmannia globosa outside the stained-glass workshop in Post Office Rd. Mapleton. We also put in a cutting froma very mature double white Camellia outside the site of a long gone Montville Guesthouse.
Michael Simpson

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Rosetta books launch, following our garden Party

 Garden Bed at the 'Plough Inn' waiting for the opening ribbon to be cut.
Be aware we have a book launch for "An Open Garden' at Rosseta Bookshop, 30 maple Street Maleny with wine and cheese at 5 30-6 pm Thursday 18th October, bookings essential for catering as follows:
Phone Rosetta Books 54352134
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Thankyou to all who attended our successful book launch, garden party and reopening of the Plough Inn on 22nd September..
Our new book "An Open Garden and Visiting Gardens by Motor Car" was taken home by many of our visitors.
The weather was fine, the garden was full of flowers, the wine flowed and we were grateful that so many visitors had come a long way to attend
As for the weather, it remain dry , now into the thord month and today the temperature will go over 30 degrees C. In spite of this the garden remian green and even newly acquired and planted specimens such as Viburnum suspensum, Hemizygia transvaalensis and the rose 'Sparieshoop' are doing well.
In the Uniting Church Garden in Montville Kyleigh and I added the rose 'Candy Stripe' as well a number of lavender Lavandula stoechus to boost those flowering there. We also put in Cleome 'Senorita Rosalita' for follow on mauve colour and Salvias such as Salvia elegans and 'Hot Lips'.
Just as at home the red hot doubkle Dahlia from Talgai Homestead is emerging. Working in public attracts attention and before we finished Loma and Rod Carter stopped by to give us Brunfelsia latifolia and yellow shrimp plant Belerophone guttata to add into the garden at the church.
Michael Simpson