Lismore Garden Club News
You will have noticed that your sweet citrus, that is oranges and mandarins, are prematurely turning yellow and falling from the trees. Over the past decade fruit fly has become a major pest in our area. The spread of this can be put down to the backyard fruit trees that are not sprayed and fruit that is allowed to fall on the ground that is not picked up and treated before disposal. It is of extreme importance that you start a spray program with Yates fruit fly spray and spray your trees weekly until around the time the fruit start to ripen. Meantime be sure to pick up the fallen fruit regularly and treat with boiling water before binning.
Sasanquas are the first of the camellias to flower each autumn and are coming into bud in our gardens at present. They produce flowers right through autumn and are usually fairly disease free. In our climate they mature fairly quickly and with good care make a colourful privacy hedge. You will find a good range of camellias in stock in our nurseries as we speak. They will grow well in full or part sun in well-drained soil. As with most things we plant in our gardens it’s important to dig in some compost or aged cow manure before planting then mulch and water in with Seasol.
Spring flowering bulbs should be planted now. In coastal regions like ours you are best to stick to freesia, ixia, babiana and jonquil. Plant in full sun into well composted soil with some bulb fertiliser and water in with Seasol.
The Lismore Garden Club meets on the second Thursday of the month at 1pm at the Lismore Workers Club. Visitors and potential new members most welcome. For further information phone Ray on 6625 1773 or Rosemary on 6629 3353.
Finally: “Blessed are those who give without remembering and receive without forgetting.”