Lismore Garden Club News

In July and early August we are treated to the sight of some particularly special shrubs and creepers in flower. Amongst them is the very striking orange creeper Pyrostegia venusta, or flame vine. Its a vigorous but easily controlled creeper which is ideal for covering old sheds and fences. It can be seen at several locations around the Lismore area in flower at present.

A regal flowering shrub thats also in flower is the deciduous magnolia (Magnolia soulangiana) species, of which plant breeders have produced many interesting varieties. It comes in shades of pink, white, mauve and purple.

A particular favourite of mine, which is just beginning to burst into the most beautifully fragrant mushroom pink bloom, is the Rondelitia. At this time of year the flowers are highlighted by lovely glossy foliage. If you dont already have a Rondelitia in your garden, try to find a space for this really worthwhile flowering shrub. It grows to around 2.5m and needs minimal care.

The Lismore Garden Club will be taking a day coach trip to the Springtime on the mountain garden festival at Mount Tamborine on Sunday, October 1. You dont have to be a member of the club to come along. The cost is $35, which includes coach fare and entry to seven private gardens and the botanical gardens. There are only about 30 seats left, so book early to avoid disappointment. Phone me on 6624 7422 or 0421 021 451.

Finally: Roses are red, violets are blue and they grow a lot better if fed with cow poo.

Happy gardening

Ron Burns


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