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, February 24, 2013

Bee Basics Montville -inspired by the garden

We knew it was coming and today the house is enveloped in white misty cloud and the rain is pelting steadily on the roof. The garden takes on an errie atmosphere with the grey greens of foliage emerging from the gloom. I can still enjoy the garden  as  picturesque and perhaps a visit to a garden in rain or fog may be more pleasant than a scorching hot day when the sun burns out the colours. I actually go a bit crazy and hang dog if the  wet weather persists and I can't get outside.
 Lately I have been working in the garden and creating water diversions so that our newly refurbished "Plough Inn"doesn't get flooded again. The recent by product of the cyclone was an incredible amount of rain that fell on the Blackall Range and caused fast run off down the yard and into the back shed taking with it a layer of red dirt.
I think I have successfully created at least two barriers that will  divert the run off and keep the shed safe for now.
Things to do inside
When I'm not in the garden I have been working with  my business partner Lisa on " Bee Basics Montville " products and marketing. Lisa is a beautician and I'm a gardener and together we have created a range of natural products that are based on high quality natural ingredients and essential oils. It all started with the creation of Big Stuff a natural insect repellent inspired by the garden. A walk around 'The Shambles" during summmer when the mozzies were around led us to the Citronella Geranium that I had planted to repell insects. At times after rain and in the humidity I use insect repellent almost every day and I have never really liked the sticky feeling of the repellents on the market so we made our own. It is effective, smells good and feels refreshing.
This was the beginning and we moved on to using Beeswax creating solid lotion bars . The range of bars includes Bare Hands, Bare Autumn, Bare Chest , Bare Bottom and more.
We believe that most people want to make natural choices and that it doesn't have to be a more expensive option. Gradually  I am replacing  personal and domestic products with things we have made. Our product 'Kleen' is a good example of an all round cleanser,deoderiser and sanitiser . It is long lasting and effective and can be used through out the house. Simplicity is the key.
We even have a web site and we are always keen to hear feedback about our products and new ideas of the types of products people need.
Here is a photograph of our grandbaby Austin doing his bit for Bee Basics Montville. He can vouch for "Bare Bottom" a soothing balm for sensitive areas that brings relief to rash prone areas. 
Michael is playing the piano , the rain is pouring down and the gardening will wait for another day.
Cheers Kyleigh

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