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

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Bee Basics Montville ,The Shambles Collection

Just a quick up date on Bee Basics Montville , our Home based  business making natural products based on quality raw materials and essential oils.Naturally it is inspired by the garden. Lisa and I have decided to launch a "Shambles" range that is available only to our garden visitors. All of the items in this range are beautifully scented and lovely to use.
As a gardener I always need to reach for the Bare Hands solid lotion moisturiser for my rough hands . Not only is this a soothing blend to use it also repairs my skin . In our range we have also formulated a body scrub to use in the bath or shower that leaves your skin smooth and fragrant and a body oil that can be rubbed on after the shower .
My favourite in the range has to be the "Lawn" room and body spray. Who doesn't like the smell of freshly cut grass apart from Lisa? Lisa made me one of these about a year ago and I love it.
Our Mum's, Dad's and Baby range has recently added the Bare Baby Oil to the collection and this is a really cute useful gift for the new babies in our lives.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Townsville Garden Club Visit

We enjoyed having a visit from the lovely members of the Townsville Garden Club last week .It may be the middle of winter for us but everyone seemed happy to see the garden and have a chat over a delicious lunch provided by the  members of the Hunchy Association.
 Many Thanks to Iris who organised the visit .
On the day one plant that received a lot of attention was the Callicarpa bodinieri var.giraldii( beauty berry).
This sprawling lax shrub is well over a metre tall and produces tiny pink flowers in summer and then most notably shiny purple berries in clusters at this time of the year.I hope that the people who have taken some cuttings have some success.
As many of the group met Cooper the wonder dog on the day I will share a story about his latest escapade.
Cooper follows me everywhere and when I go  up to the Montville Village Hall to work in the garden he always comes along. Generally he is under my feet or sitting near by after he has had a scout about and a sniff.Anyway just a few weeks ago it came time for us to go home and Cooper was no where to be found.
I called him and knowing he is an old dog wondered if he had fallen off the cliff or something dire. Anyway I listened and I could hear him barking. I ran and followed his barks to find him tied up to a lamp post in front of the shops. Some "good" person thought he was lost and tied him there. Cooper was barking as if to say"I'm not lost". "I live here". Anyway he was very relieved to get home that day.
happy gardening