Lismore Garden Club News

Our perception of beauty is influenced by the environment. From a very early age the things we hear, see, taste, smell and also our experiences, all help us to define beauty. It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It could also be said that beauty is in the mind of the beholder and unless we possess a heart (mind) of integrity and love for our fellow man and Gods beautiful creation, then any physical beauty that we possess is indeed shallow.

Sadly, in our busy world, the vast majority of us are in a too big a hurry rushing here and rushing there to literally stop and smell the roses. However as gardeners we have a box seat every day in our gardens when it comes to the beauty that can be seen in the creation if we only have the eye/mind to behold and appreciate it. In your daily walk in your garden be sure to allow time to linger and appreciate those magic scenes that are happening in nature everyday.

What can be more stunningly beautiful than the early morning suns first rays hitting the previous nights raindrops on a newly opened rose, or a rainbow-coloured parrot as it feeds on the nectar from the native flowers in your garden; or a blue-tongue lizard as it lies in the baking sun. I know from my own experience that you gain great satisfaction from giving nature a hand by cultivating and nurturing each plant until you see the rewards in fruit, flowers or vegies.

What to plant now: Flowers balsam, cockscomb, coleus, impatiens, marigold, petunia. Vegies beetroot, herbs, radish, spring onion, tomato (cherry), pumpkin, Ceylon climbing spinach.

Gardening tip: Whenever you are planting new plants in your garden, whether they are seedlings or trees, to give them the very best start, add some premium potting mix in the hole and water with Seasol.

Dont forget the first meeting of the Lismore Garden Club for 08 is at the Lismore Workers Club at 1pm on Thursday, February 14. Visitors most welcome. For further info phone Wally on 6624 1125.

Finally: Always stop to smell the roses, sooner or later youll inhale a bee.

Happy gardening

Ron Burns

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