Lismore Garden Club News

An eye catching small flowering tree can be seen in flower around Lismore area at present is the crepe myrtle (lagerstroemia). The crepe myrtle is a beautiful tree which flowers all summer and into autumn and will grow in a sunny spot in the garden. It has a lovely smooth mottled trunk with clouds of crepe like blossoms. Being deciduous, they provide much-needed shade in the garden in summer and let the warm sun rays through in the winter. They come in a lovely range of stunning colours like red, pink, mauve and white and put on a nice display in autumn as they finish flowering and the leaves take on beautiful autumn colours.

Probably the best variety to grow is the improved Indian Summer range, which is compact and mildew resistant. It should be available in most good local nurseries at present.

Did you know the red, yellow and orange colours of autumn leaves are created by several chemicals that take over when chlorophyll breaks down? To enhance these autumn leaf colours sprinkle some sulphate of potash around the tree out to the dripline, and water in.

Lismore Garden Club is planning an action packed year beginning next month with a meeting on the first Thursday of each month at 1.30pm at the Lismore Workers Club and a social outing each month. For further information phone Mary on 6621 5293.

Finally: As in the garden such is the gardener. A mans nature runs either to herbs or weeds. Francis Bacon.

Happy gardening

Ron Burns


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