Lismore Garden Club News

The showers and storms of late along with high humidity and comparatively mild to warm temperatures for this time of year have created almost perfect conditions for gardening. The plants are almost jumping out of the ground and just think of the money we are saving not having to water our gardens. However in saying that we must be vigilant in the care of plants that are undercover from the rain such as our potted plants that are indoors and on verandahs. They need constant care in summer with watering every few days and feeding regularly.

Plants that are looking spectacular at present are : ivory curl tree (buckinghamia selsissima), flowering gum tree (corymbia), some grevilleas, alamanda, hibiscus, frangipani, the fragrant Rangoon creeper (quisqualis indica), cardinal creeper (ipomoea horsfalliae), heliconia, flowering gingers including the beautiful and exotic spiral and bee hive varieties.

Some of us have been busy picking mangoes given the bumper crop this year, stone fruit including the incredible Japanese dwarf peaches which bear full-size fruit after thinning, and subtropical grape varieties which include Iona and Isabella. However it is of great importance to pick up, treat with boiling water and bin any fallen fruit to short circuit the spread of fruit fly.

It’s not only your garden plants that thrive in this kind of weather – weeds do also. The best plan is to have a blitz on them and then keep them under control on a day-by-day basis as you walk in the garden. Grasshoppers have not been too bad in the early summer but they are making a comeback since the rain began. Hand pick and kill them also on a daily basis.

The first meeting of the Lismore Garden Club for 2010 will be held on Thursday, February 11, at 1pm at the Lismore Workers Club. Visitors and potential new members most welcome. For further info phone Ray on 6625 1773 or Rosemary on 6629 3353.

Finally “To become a better person simply follow the advice that you give to others.”

Happy gardening

Ron Burns


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