Lismore Garden Club News

What a pleasure it is gardening in this lovely mild early winter weather, and there are heaps of different jobs that we can tackle now in the garden.

Prune summer and autumn flowering shrubs like oleander, tibouchina and hydrangea as flowering finishes. In frosty areas put off pruning until spring. And dont dispose of those hydrangea prunings but make cuttings of them and save dollars on extra plants for your garden.

Cut back, divide and replant perennials now. Surplus plants can be shared with other gardeners. Divide clumps of iris. Summer flowering climbers will be looking a little tatty now due to the cooler weather, prune back now if you are in a frost free area, otherwise leave until spring.

When you sweep up those fallen leaves, resist the temptation to put them in the organics bin, and instead turn them into valuable free fertiliser in your compost heap.

Lift and store dahlia tubers after plants have died back. Stake and tie untidy chrysanthemums.

The Lismore Garden Club will have a social outing on Monday, May 22, to Hendersons bromeliad, cactus and succulent garden at Middle Pocket Road, Billinudgel, for a garden walk and morning tea. Travel will be by car pool. Cost is $3 for morning tea with proceeds to Brunswick Valley Rescue Squad.

Visitors are most welcome. Please phone Ron on 6624 7422 or 0421 021 451 for info.

Finally: He who tills the land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits has no sense. Proverbs 12:11

Happy gardening

Ron Burns

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