Lismore Garden Club News

As the festive season is upon us and the weather is tending to be very warm to hot, it is best not to get involved in planting any new plants in the garden. Most of us will be too busy with friends and family coming and going anyway to do anything in the garden except essential watering. Remember, any potted plants will need your constant attention while it’s so hot.

If you’re going away, even if it’s just for a few days, it’s ultra important to have someone reliable water your potted plants and shallow-rooted shrubs such as azaleas. While they are about they can collect the mail and put out and bring in the bins to give an impression someone is in residence for security reasons.

As good gardeners and responsible gardeners we must be mindful of native animals in the hot weather. Like us they are vulnerable to the heat and need a reliable supply of fresh drinking and bathing water. So keep the bird baths, fish ponds and frog ponds full. It’s good policy to put out extra water containers at ground level for other ground-dwelling creatures, but be sure to flush them out daily to avoid mozzies breeding.

If during the Christmas/New Year break you get an overwhelming urge to do a bit of pruning in the garden, I suggest that you have a nice lie down until the urge passes. To remove any upper canopy foliage during hot weather can be fatal to the soft plants underneath. Anyway, as this is the festive season you should be involved in festive season stuff!

Christmas in western countries is generally a joyous time and each year we surpass the obscene amounts splurged in retail stores. Many partake in food and drink to excess and it’s also a time to catch up with friends and family. While this theme is very appealing it’s a fair way off what God intended when He sent His Son into the world to be born as a baby to Mary in the most humble of surroundings on that original Christmas night over 2000 years ago. The Holy Bible (God’s word) puts it this way: For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16

On behalf of the Lismore Workers Club I want to wish all our members, sponsors, patrons and readers a very happy and holy Christmas and a safe and joyous new year.

Finally: “The Savious, The Messiah, The Lord has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David.” – Luke 2:11

Happy gardening and

happy Christmas

Ron Burns

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