September 2022

Winners of the July show bench as judged by Dawn Gough:

 

Section

First

Second

Third

Flower of the month (Camellia)

June Dineen

Heather Coustley

Ralph Slaughter

One Rose (Container)

Heather Coustley

Heather Coustley

-

One stem of another flower (not a Rose)

Heather Coustley

Joy Vikas

Ralph Slaughter

Stem of foliage (no buds or flowers)

Ralph Slaughter

Ralph Slaughter

Heather Coustley

Flowering Shrub (in flower) 1 stem

Heather Coustley

June Dineen

Ralph Slaughter

Floral Art arrangement (in water)

Heather Coustley

Hilary Heights

Hilary Heights

Arrangement of the month(themed):

Christmas in July

Heather Coustley

Wendy Earwicker

June Dineen

Flowers of Tubers, Corms, Bulbs, Rhizomes

Carol Burns

Carol Burns

-

Vase of flowers

Ralph Slaughter

Heather Coustley

Carol Burns

Flowering shrub

Ralph Slaughter

Heather Coustley

Heather Coustley

Potted plant (incl Cacti or Succulent)

Aileen White

Heather Coustley

Ralph Slaughter

Above ground vegetable

Jan Newgreen

Heather Coustley

Heather Coustley

Below ground vegetable

Carol Burns

Carol Burns

-

Herbs (flowering, non-flowering, mixed)

Heather Coustley

Carol Burns

-

Fruits, Nuts

Ralph Slaughter

Carol Burns

Heather Coustley

Novice

Judith French

Peter Wilmot

Marg Stammers

BEST EXHIBIT

Heather Coustley        Floral arrangement

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September Meeting and Plant Sale:Monday 26th September at the Senior Citizens Centre (more details below)

Meeting at 9:30am/Morning tea, Show bench results and Plant Sale 10-11:30am

Doors open 9am for setting up.  Entries for show bench to be placed for judging prior to 9.30am

Fee: Normal members meeting fee $2. No fee for Non-members but please encourage them to buy a raffle ticket

Morning tea duty:  Marj Blair, Ron Blair and Andrea Miller (please bring milk and biscuits)

Flower of the month: Magnolia, Lilac or Rhododendron

Arrangement of the month: “Tribute to the Queen” – NOTE CHANGE OF THEME

Guest speaker: N/A

 

October meeting:  Monday 22nd August at 9.30am 

Doors open 9am for setting up.  Entries for show bench to be placed for judging prior to 9.30am

Morning tea duty:  Margeau Buzza, Shelley Patterson, Linda Higginbotham (please bring milk and biscuits)

Flower of the month: 1 stem of Iris

Arrangement of the month: Arrangement with Irises

Guest speaker: TBA

 

 

Our Club Plant sale: 

 

Preparation: We hope your cuttings are growing well for our plant sale next week. Remember all money made goes to support our club.

Labels on pots: Label and Price each of your plants.  Don’t forget to note the add the plant variety on the label too.

Plants: Bring your plants to the meeting room between 9am and 9:30am

Sales: Strictly no sales until the meeting has concluded - CASH ONLY

Raffle: Special prizes for the yearly raffle. $2 each or 3 tickets for $5.  To be drawn at our October meeting.

Note:  The Plant Sale is open to the Public this year and we encourage you to invite your friends to come too.  Ask them to join us for the meeting and morning tea and to purchase some plants and raffle tickets if they wish.  Be an ambassador for our club and show them the Show bench.  We may encourage some of them to join our club after they have attended this day.

 

NOTE REVISED VENUE:  Now at the Senior Citizens Centre on the same day as our regular meeting.

 

 

 

A Message from our President:

 

Dear Fellow Gardener,

Did you get to vote in the ABC National Science week for your favourite tree? Of the nearly 270,000 votes that went into the search for Australia's favourite tree, the river red gum received over 31,000.

It proved to be an enduring favourite, snaffling over 18 per cent of the votes in the final round. “The river red gum is the diviner of our landscape, plotting watercourses all over our arid continent", says Paul West in the Catalyst documentary exploring our favourite trees, in which a panel of experts chose their own number one.

My vote came in at number 10, the Golden Wattle. I love wattle! Recently Jim and I travelled to the Illawarra to visit family and friends and along the Hume highway and on the return trip via the Prince’s Highway I just adored the variety of wattles and their “feathery yellow of plumes and plumes and plumes and trees and bushes of wattle” (D.H. Lawrence, Kangaroo)

Do you remember celebrating Wattle Day at school? It was all about appreciating wattle and celebrating what it is, and means, to be Australian. It is a day to appreciate how fortunate we are. “A day to remember that we are strongest and at our best when we look out for our neighbours and when we respect and care for each other."

Of course, with the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who can forget the magnificent and famous wattle dress she wore in 1954 on her tour of Australia? Wattle and Wattle Day can symbolise virtually anything we want, but they relate generally to Spring, being Australian, the Australian environment, and history.

Spring has many positive values such as optimism, bounty and abundance, reliability, colour, and so on. “Spring has Sprung”, and we as gardeners look ahead to a busy time in our garden and it looks like Ralph has prepared a very extensive list for us all for the month of October. Good luck with your garden and I hope it brings you much “Joy” and happiness and for those who suffer from hay fever from all the wattle, I sympathise with you, but I still think wattle is the number one tree, even though there are over 1000 different varieties to choose from!!

Looking forward to seeing you at our annual plant sale and remember it is at the Senior Citizens Room at the regular time of 9.30am and the sale of plants will commence at 10.00am.

Happy Gardening!

Joy

 

 

Things to do in the Garden in October

The soil is warming up and it’s time to get those plants and seeds into the ground.

In the vegetable garden - Sow seed of Snow Peas & Peas, Beans, Zucchini, Squash, Pumpkin, Watermelon, Rock Melon, Radish, Sweetcorn, Carrots and Beetroot.  Plant seedlings of Lettuce, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Kale, Spring Onions, Shallots, Tomatoes, Egg Plant, Chillies, Peppers and Silverbeet. Plant potatoes.  Apply Slug bait. Watch for the White butterflies and take action by applying vegetable dust or spraying with Mavrik which is very safe when used as directed. There is also a product containing the bacterium Bacillus theringiensis that kills caterpillars when applied as a spray. Work in Neutrog’s Giganic as a general fertiliser when planting.

Apply Mulch & fertiliser to Strawberry beds and Rhubarb

In the flower garden - Plant seedlings of Petunias, Lobelia, Alyssum, Dianthus, Lupins, Madeira Daisies, Marigolds, Candytuft and Cleome.  Most of the above are also available as potted colour. Sow seeds of wildflowers and a wide range of other seeds that will germinate in the warmer soil conditions.

Provide support for Sweet Peas. Apply fertiliser to Camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons. Use specific fertilisers with low phosphorus for Natives. Bush Tucker from Neutrog is ideal.

Lawns - Apply fertiliser. Control weeds with a broad leaf lawn weeder. Mow regularly but not too low now that warmer days are here.

Fruit trees – Prune Apple Trees. Keep the base of all fruit trees free of weeds Apply Citrus & Fruit Tree fertiliser to all fruit trees. Watch for aphids on plums, peaches & nectarines. Treat any scale that appears on citrus with white oil.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

Victorian Seniors Festival:  Free travel across Victoria for Seniors Card holders 2-9 October. Keep an eye out for local activities in Baw Baw Shire as well as across Victoria.  Events throughout October.

https://www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/free-travel

https://www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/seniors-festival-events-listing

 

Dandenongs day trip to Paeon Nursery, Monbulk and Kuranga Nursery, Mt Evelyn: 20 October (more details below)

 

South Australia trip: 27 October – 4 Nov 2022.  Our club trip will be filled with many wonderful days

 

Yarra Valley Plant Fair and Garden Expo: 10am-5pm, 5-6 November at 125 Quayle Rd, Wandin https://www.yarravalleyplantfair.com.au/

 

Christmas Lunch: Monday 28 November at The Black Tie, 90 Alfred St, Warragul. Time: 12noon for 12:30pm Cost: To be confirmed

 

 

Dandenongs Day trip:

 

Enjoy a great day out on Thursday 20 October visiting Ron and Sharon Boekel with their wide range of peonies at their wholesale nursery in Monbulk. We will follow that by going to Kuranga Native Nursery in Mt Evelyn for Lunch and native plant shopping.  $30 – relax on the bus and have a lovely day out.  No Entry fees, Lunch at own cost.

Departure:  Warragul 9am, Drouin 9:15am

PAYMENTS DUE AT SEPTEMBER MEETING to Rob (Treasurer) – please put $30 in an envelope with your Name and ‘Dandenongs trip’ on the front.

https://www.facebook.com/peoniesofpaeon/  (No website)  

https://www.kuranga.com.au/

 

 

Gardening chat on the radio:

 

Our club is going to have a gardening spot once a month on our local radio station 3BBR – 103.1FM

Date and Time to be confirmed.

 

Do you have any spare seeds:

 

Our Warragul Community Garden is looking for some seeds to plant summer vegetables and for flowers to attract bees.  The garden grows fruit and vegetables for people to pick and given the current fresh food crisis, they would like to produce a large range for this summer to help our community.  If you can spare some seeds, please pop them into a paper bag, seal/label them and bring them to our meeting.  We will have a collection box available.

 

 

Fertiliser orders: 

Summer order: Cut-off date – 10 October, Delivery – 11 November

Autumn order: Cut-off date – 9 January, Delivery - 3 February

 

Garden Club vests for sale:

Vests with our Garden club logo are available to purchase (see Henry at our meeting).  Member’s price $40.  Various sizes available.  Buy one to keep warm in the garden during winter! 

 

 

Jokes Quotes & Puns:

 

“The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives.” – Gertrude Jekyll, 1843-1932, arguably the 20th century’s most influential garden designer and author

 

 

 

 

Please support our Club sponsors:  Don’t forget to check their updates on our Club website.

  • Rowes nursery, ture of peet moss and top soil. The potatoes keep the stems moist and help develop the root systems. It's a perfectly simple way to multiply your rose garden without spending lots of $$$.Landsborough Road, Warragul.    They have a large range of plants for sale, a wealth of garden knowledge and ask about receiving their regular email newsletters.
  • Drouin Home Hardware, Princes Way, Drouin. (On the Melbourne side of Drouin) Check their hardware, gardening products and plants.
  • Kurinda Roses, Warragul-Lardner Road, Warragul. Select from their huge range of roses at reasonable prices.  They also have a lovely range of garden related gifts for sale in their shop.
  • Mattz Mowing and Garden Services. Lawn mowing, garden edges, hedge trimming, weed control, pruning, gutters cleaned etc.  Free quotes. Phone Matthew 0439 312 465
  • Drouin Nursery. Convenient for Drouin members - new owner, Andre Linossier looks forward to meeting you.  Phone 0417 041 507
  • Down to Earth Garden Centre, Cnr. Longwarry & Weerong Rd, Drouin. Landscaping supplies, mulch, soil, rock, pond supplies, garden hardware. Phone 5625 5166

 

August 2022

Winners of the July show bench as judged by June Dineen:

 

Section

First

Second

Third

Flower of the month   (Camellia)

Ralph Slaughter

Ralph Slaughter

-

One Rose      (Container)

-

-

-

One stem of another flower(not a Rose)

Ralph Slaughter

Kerry Elliott

Ralph Slaughter

Stem of foliage (no buds or flowers)

Carol Burns

Ralph Slaughter

Ralph Slaughter

Flowering Shrub (in flower) 1 stem

Kerry Elliott

-

-

Floral Art arrangement (in water)

Annette Wilmott

Hilary Heights

Annette Wilmott

Arrangement of the month(themed):

Christmas in July

Annette Wilmott

-

-

Flowers of Tubers, Corms, Bulbs, Rhizomes

Carol Burns

Carol Burns

Robyn Hill

Vase of flowers

Ralph Slaughter

Ralph Slaughter

Carol Burns

Flowering shrub

Ralph Slaughter

Ralph Slaughter

-

Potted plant(incl Cacti or Succulent)

Ralph Slaughter

Ralph Slaughter

-

Above ground vegetable

Ralph Slaughter

Carol Burns

Carol Burns

Below ground vegetable

Carol Burns

Carol Burns

-

Herbs (flowering, non-flowering, mixed)

Carol Burns

Annette Wilmott

-

Fruits, Nuts

Carol Burns

Ralph Slaughter and Judith French

Ralph Slaughter

Novice

Judith French

-

-

BEST EXHIBIT

Ralph Slaughter

-

-

 

 

August meeting:  Monday 22nd August at 9.30am 

Doors open 9am for setting up.  Entries for show bench to be placed for judging prior to 9.30am

Morning tea duty:  Peter Wilmott, Judith French and Kerry Elliott (please bring milk and biscuits)

Flower of the month: 3 Spring bulbs

Arrangement of the month: Springtime

Guest speaker: Steve Rowe from Rowe’s Nursery  ‘Best practice in making Compost’

 

 

September Meeting and Plant Sale:Monday 26th September at the Senior Citizens Centre(more details below)

Meeting at 9:30am/Morning tea, Show bench results and Plant Sale 10-11:30am

Doors open 9am for setting up.  Entries for show bench to be placed for judging prior to 9.30am

Fee: Normal members meeting fee $2. No fee for Non-members but please encourage them to buy a raffle ticket

Morning tea duty:  Marj Blair, Ron Blair and Andrea Miller (please bring milk and biscuits)

Flower of the month: Magnolia, Lilac or Rhododendron

Arrangement of the month: Modern Arrangement with bulbs

Guest speaker: N/A

 

Our Club Plant sale: 

Preparation: It’s time to pot up some cuttings now so they will be ready for our plant sale in September. Remember all money made goes to support our club.

Labels on pots: Label and Price each of your plants.  Don’t forget to note the add the plant variety on the label too.

Plants: Bring your plants to the meeting room between 9am and 9:30am

Sales: Strictly no sales until the meeting has concluded

Raffle: Special prizes for the yearly raffle. $2 each or 3 tickets for $5.  To be drawn on the day.

Note:  The Plant Sale is open to the Public this year and we encourage you to invite your friends to come too.  Ask them to join us for morning tea as well as to purchase some plants and raffle tickets if they wish.  Be an ambassador for our club and show them the Show bench.  We may encourage some of them to join our club after they have attended this day.

Note: Revised Venue – now at the Senior Citizens Centre on the same day as our regular meeting.

 

 

A Message from our President:

 

Dear Fellow Gardener,

On Monday this week during that terrible rain we had cause to travel to Morwell and as we entered the CBD, we saw a merry band of volunteers dressed in their raincoats, hats and gloves tending to the roses. It was freezing cold and not a great day for spending in the garden, but their dedication was amazing, and it reminded me of an article that I read this week which I would like to share with you during National Volunteers Week.

“Volunteering Australia Chair, Professor Michael E. Drew shares a message celebrating the value of volunteering as published by the Australian Community Media in the lead up to National Volunteer Week.

National Volunteer Week is a chance to recognise the vital work of volunteers and to say thank you. This year’s theme is ‘Better Together’ as we celebrate the power of volunteering to bring people together, build communities and create a better society for everyone.

Volunteers are a vital part of the nation’s workforce. Volunteers play essential roles aged, disability and palliative care and in mental health and community services. Volunteers are central to emergency response, recovery, and resilience-building. Volunteers are the backbone of community sport. 

With flooding, fires and the ongoing impacts of the pandemic, the past year has undoubtably been tough for all Australians. Our communities have taken a big hit in recent times and yet volunteers are always there when we need them. Communities with active volunteers have strong social capital and are more resilient when crises hit.”

I know that many of our club members volunteer in a wide range of organisations helping to build communities and create a better society for everyone and to them I say a huge THANK YOU however I cannot go beyond thanking you for helping to make a greener and more beautiful community through gardening. We live in a beautiful part of Australia which is made even more beautiful by the beautiful parks and gardens we have.

Keep up the great work everyone as together we create an area which is a “Joy” to live in.

Happy Gardening!

Joy

 

Things to do in the Garden in September

In the vegetable garden - Sow seeds of Radish, Snow Peas & Peas, Radish, Beans, Carrots, Parsnips, Turnips and Beetroot.  Plant seedlings of Lettuce, Cabbage, Broccoli, Kale, Onions, Shallots, Silverbeet. Plant potatoes. Plant Beans, Carrots and Parsnips toward the end of the month as the soil warms.  Include a dressing of general fertiliser (Neutrog’s Giganic is ideal) at planting time and lime if it was not used in winter. Apply Slug bait. Hoe weeds regularly. Provide support for Broad Beans. Apply Mulch & fertiliser to Strawberry beds and Rhubarb.

In the flower garden - Plant seedlings of Pansies, Violas, Lobelia, Alyssum, Dianthus, Lupins, Madeira Daisies, Marigolds, Candytuft and Cleome.  Most of the above are also available as potted colour. Provide support for Sweet Peas. Plant seedlings of Dianthus, Petunias and the whole range of summer flowers that become available later this month. Apply fertiliser to Camellias (Kahuna) and Roses (Sudden Impact). Use specific fertilisers with low phosphorus for Natives. Bush Tucker from Neutrog is giving great results. Watch for aphids on Roses and treat as necessary.

Lawns - Apply fertiliser. Control weeds with a broad leaf lawn weeder. Mow regularly. Check sprinkler systems. Ants often colonise them during the winter months.

Fruit trees – Prune Apple Trees. Keep the base of all fruit trees free of weeds. Spray Nectarines and Peaches for “Curly Leaf” just before flowering. Apply Citrus & Fruit Tree fertiliser (Giganic) to all fruit trees and strawberries (Rapid Raiser). Protect Strawberries with suitable netting and apply slug bait to protect fruit as it ripens. Watch for Black Aphid on Plums, Nectarines and Peaches. If spraying is necessary for aphid control, only spray in the early morning or late evening when bees are not around.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

Leongatha Daffodil & Floral Show:  25-27 August at Memorial Hall Leongatha http://www.leongathahorticulturalsociety.com.au/

 

Victorian Seniors Festival: October. Keep an eye out for local activities in Baw Baw Shire as well as across Victoria.

 

Dandenongs day trip to Paeon Nursery, Monbulk and Kuranga Nursery, Mt Evelyn: 20 October(more details below)

 

South Australia trip: 27 October – 4 Nov 2022.  Our club trip will be filled with many wonderful days

 

Yarra Valley Plant Fair and Garden Expo: 10am-5pm, 5-6 November at 125 Quayle Rd, Wandin https://www.yarravalleyplantfair.com.au/

 

 

Dandenongs Day trip:

Enjoy a great day out on Thursday 20 October visiting Ron and Sharon Boekel with their wide range of peonies at their wholesale nursery in Monbulk. We will follow that by going to Kuranga Native Nursery in Mt Evelyn for Lunch and native plant shopping.  $30 – relax on the bus and have a lovely day out.  Time to be advised No Entry fees, Lunch at own cost. Book and pay Rob(Treasurer)

https://www.facebook.com/peoniesofpaeon/  (No website)   https://www.kuranga.com.au/

 

 

Do you have any spare seeds:

Our Warragul Community Garden is looking for some seeds to plant summer vegetables and for flowers to attract bees.  The garden grows fruit and vegetables for people to pick and given the current fresh food crisis, they would like to produce a large range for this summer to help our community.  If you can spare some seeds, please pop them into a paper bag, seal/label them and bring them to our August meeting.  We will have a collection box available.

 

 

Fertiliser orders: 

Summer order: Cut-off date – 10 October, Delivery – 11 November

Autumn order: Cut-off date – 9 January, Delivery - 3 February

Garden Club vests for sale:

Vests with our Garden club logo are available to purchase (see Henry at our meeting).  Member’s price $40.  Various sizes available.  Buy one to keep warm in the garden during winter! 

 

 

Jokes/Puns of the month:

 

  • Never go to an auction with a nodding acquaintance
  • Don’t put your foot down when you haven’t got a leg to stand on
  • What do you call a conversation between two artichokes?  A heart to heart

 

 

 

 

 

Please support our Club sponsors:  Don’t forget to check their updates on our Club website.

  • Rowes nursery, ture of peet moss and top soil. The potatoes keep the stems moist and help develop the root systems. It's a perfectly simple way to multiply your rose garden without spending lots of $$$.Landsborough Road, Warragul.    They have a large range of plants for sale, a wealth of garden knowledge and ask about receiving their regular email newsletters.
  • Drouin Home Hardware, Princes Way, Drouin. (On the Melbourne side of Drouin) Check their hardware, gardening products and plants.
  • Kurinda Roses, Warragul-Lardner Road, Warragul. Select from their huge range of roses at reasonable prices.  They also have a lovely range of garden related gifts for sale in their shop.
  • Mattz Mowing and Garden Services. Lawn mowing, garden edges, hedge trimming, weed control, pruning, gutters cleaned etc.  Free quotes. Phone Matthew 0439 312 465
  • Drouin Nursery. Convenient for Drouin members - new owner, Andre Linossier looks forward to meeting you.  Phone 0417 041 507
  • Down to Earth Garden Centre, Cnr. Longwarry & Weerong Rd, Drouin. Landscaping supplies, mulch, soil, rock, pond supplies, garden hardware. Phone 5625 5166

July 2022

Winners of the June show bench as judged by Dawn Gough:

 

Section

First

Second

Third

Flower of the month   (Native flower)

Ralph Slaughter

Ralph Slaughter

Ralph Slaughter

One Rose      (Container)

Ralph Slaughter

Aileen White

Heather Coustley

One stem of another flower(not a Rose)

Heather Coustley

Joy Vikas

Heather Coustley

Stem of foliage (no buds or flowers)

Kerry Elliott

Carol Burns

Heather Coustley

Flowering Shrub (in flower) 1 stem

Heather Coustley

Ralph Slaughter

Heather Coustley

Floral Art arrangement (in water)

Annette Wilmott

Annette Wilmott

Heather Coustley

Arrangement of the month(themed):

Native arrangement

Heather Coustley

Heather Coustley

Annette Wilmott

Flowers of Tubers,Corms,Bulbs,Rhizomes

Heather Coustley

Ralph Slaughter

Heather Coustley

Vase of flowers

Heather Coustley

Carol Burns

Carol Burns

Flowering shrub

Heather Coustley

Heather Coustley

Heather Coustley

Potted plant(incl Cacti or Succulent)

Ralph Slaughter

Heather Coustley

Heather Coustley

Above ground vegetable

Carol Burns

Kerry Elliott

Heather Coustley

Below ground vegetable

Carol Burns

Ralph Slaughter

Carol Burns

Herbs (flowering, non-flowering, mixed)

Heather Coustley

Carol Burns

Heather Coustley

Fruits, Nuts

Joy Vikas

Judy Butler

Judy Butler

Novice

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BEST EXHIBIT

Carol Burns (African Horned Cucumber)

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July Meeting:Monday 25th July at 9:30am

Doors open 9am for setting up.  Entries for show bench to be placed for judging prior to 9.30am

Morning tea duty:  Carole Burns, Kath Gribbon, Doreen Joyner (please bring milk and biscuits)

Flower of the month: Three different camellias

Arrangement of the month: Christmas in July

Guest speaker: Paul Kirkpatrick – Wendy Whiteley’s secret garden

 

August meeting:  Monday 22nd August at 9.30am 

Doors open 9am for setting up.  Entries for show bench to be placed for judging prior to 9.30am

Morning tea duty:  Peter Wilmott, Judith French and Kerry Elliott (please bring milk and biscuits)

Flower of the month: 3 Spring bulbs

Arrangement of the month: ‘Springtime’

Guest speaker: Everyone – topic is ‘Composting’

 

 

 

 

A Message from our President:

 

Dear Fellow Gardener,

Finally! Paul Fitzpatrick, horticulturist, writer and lecturer and AIH Award of Excellence from Gardenacious will be able to present to us ‘The Secret Garden of Wendy Whiteley’, after two attempts and COVID disruptions over the past couple of years he will be at our July meeting and will have all his wonderful professional grade garden equipment for sale. I am very excited about his visit, and I am confident that you are too.

A little bit of background information for you.

Wendy Whiteley has become a notable cultural figure, particularly since her ex-husband's death in 1992. She posed for Brett many times. Although they divorced three years before he died, she has control of Brett Whiteley's estate including the copyright to his works. She played an important role in the establishment of the Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills, New South Wales which is now owned and managed as an art museum by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Wendy is also known for the restoration and landscaping of derelict railway land in Lavender Bay, Sydney, which she turned into a "magic garden" and where her ex-husband Brett and daughter Arkie Whiteley's ashes were scattered.[1]

Brett Whiteley AO was an Australian artist. He is represented in the collections of all the large Australian galleries, and was twice winner of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes. He held many exhibitions, and lived and painted in Australia as well as Italy, England, Fiji and the United States.

I have always believed that art and gardening have a strong connection. In 2010 Jim and I had the fortunate opportunity to visit the magnificent garden of Claude Monet in Givenchy, France. In his home there are many bits of memorabilia and some of his famous quotes.

 I love this quote by Monet, “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.”

But what do you think of these quotes?

Penelope Hobhouse states, “Gardens are the result of a collaboration between art and nature”,

and Elizabeth Murray states, “Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as a canvas”.

What do you think? When you see the wonderful floral arrangements entered in our show bench, do you see the art? Is your garden a canvas of colour and beauty? I think that all gardeners are artists who cleverly combine all the elements of art to create beautiful gardens.

Enjoy being creative in your garden.

Happy Gardening

Joy

 

Jobs to do in the garden in August

August is when the ‘Gardening Year’ starts all over again. Air temperatures begin to rise but the most important is improved soil temperatures which assist both germination of seeds and new growth of plants. August is also the best time to start applying fertiliser. Mid-August is ideal as the various plants make their new roots underground. When you see new shoots appearing, not only is the plant waking up above ground, but it will be doing the same below ground.

Flower Garden: Complete Rose pruning and spray with Lime Sulphur or Liquid Copper. Apply Dolomite lime. Apply rose fertiliser (Neutrog Sudden Impact or Black Marvel) during third or fourth week. Watch for Aphids to make their first appearance. Complete dividing perennials, cut back Fuchsias and prune hydrangeas back to the best big fat buds, thinning out old wood. Plant Alyssum, Aquilegias, Delphiniums, Violas, Primulas and Pansies as potted colour to get a quick result. The first petunias can be planted under cover or raised in the greenhouse. Weeds will begin to grow quickly so hoe regularly.

Vegetable Garden: Plant Cauliflower, Broccoli, Cabbage and Silverbeet. Plant seed potatoes but watch for late frost. Earth up or cover with newspaper if frost is forecast.
Prepare Garden beds with top-up of soil if necessary. Apply plenty of rotted compost, Seamungus or Searles Five-in One. Then apply Dolomite lime, turning over the soil a spade depth. Peas and Snow Peas can be sown but wait until September when the soil warms, for sowing beans. Plant tomatoes under cover at the end of the month.

Lawns: This is the best month for essential weeding as the broad leaf weeds are now growing fast and will absorb the sprays well. Cape Weed will flower in October so a second spray may be needed to kill the big “Old Man” ones that can cover so much lawn. An application of some lawn seed to repair the patches left behind may be necessary. Mow regularly but not 4 days before or after the application of lawn weed spray. Yates lawn weeder, despite being the cheapest, seems to do a great job when used as directed.

Home Orchard: Complete pruning of Apples and Pears. Spray them with Lime Sulphur. Spray Peaches and Nectarines with Liquid Copper or other copper sprays for the control of Curly Leaf, being ready to spray as soon as bud colour is present. Spray until the product can be seen running down the trunk of the tree. If rain occurs, repeat the process. Watch for the presence of Scale and “Sooty Mould” on Citrus trees and spray if necessary, with White Oil. Prune to shape after harvesting fruit. Black Peach aphid may appear on Peach, Apricot. Nectarine and especially plum trees, early in Spring so be ready to deal with it also.

 

 

Upcoming Events:

 

Native plant sale:  Cranbourne Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens are holding their Autumn plant sale on Saturday 23rd July and Sunday 24th July. Open 10am-4pm both days.  Entry free. 

The plant sale will be held near the kiosk at the northern end of the Australian Garden.  Parking and entry available nearby (look for the large red banners).  EFTPOS available. 

A large variety of Australian native plants will be available.  A plant list will be available on their website approximately 1 week before the sale:  https://rbgfriendscranbourne.org.au/2022/06/winter-plant-sale/

 

Bus trip to Gardenworld and Crystal World:  Thursday 4th August.  **$25-Payment due at July meeting**

 

Leongatha Daffodil & Floral Show:  25-27 August at Memorial Hall Leongatha.

 

South Australia trip: October this year.  Our club trip is filled with many interesting visits to wonderful attractions.

 

 

Our Club Plant sale: 

It’s time to pot up some cuttings now so they will be ready for our plant sale in September. Remember all money made goes to our club.

 

 

Fertiliser orders: 

Delivery, for all those that ordered before the deadline, is expected to be as planned on 5th August, with next delivery in November (Cut-off date in October to be advised) More information at the next meeting.

 

Garden Club vests for sale:

Vests with our Garden club logo are available to purchase (see Henry at our meeting).  Member’s price $40.  Various sizes available.  Buy one to keep warm in the garden during winter! 

Jokes/Puns of the month:

 

  • A friend suggested putting horse manure on my strawberries. I’m never doing that again; I’m going back to whipped cream.

 

 

Looking after our bees:

Don’t forget to plant a variety of flowers this Spring that will attract bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects.  We need to grow more flowering plants to attract them to our gardens so they can pollinate our fruit trees, vegetables, crops and native bushland.

 

 

 

 

Please support our Club sponsors:  Don’t forget to check their updates on our Club website.

  • Rowes nursery, ture of peet moss and top soil. The potatoes keep the stems moist and help develop the root systems. It's a perfectly simple way to multiply your rose garden without spending lots of $$$.Landsborough Road, Warragul.    They have a large range of plants for sale, a wealth of garden knowledge and ask about receiving their regular email newsletters.
  • Drouin Home Hardware, Princes Way, Drouin. (On the Melbourne side of Drouin) Check their hardware, gardening products and plants.
  • Kurinda Roses, Warragul-Lardner Road, Warragul.  Select from their huge range of roses at reasonable prices.  They also have a lovely range of garden related gifts for sale in their shop.
  • Mattz Mowing and Garden Services. Lawn mowing, garden edges, hedge trimming, weed control, pruning, gutters cleaned etc.  Free quotes. Phone Matthew 0439 312 465
  • Drouin Nursery. Convenient for Drouin members - new owner, Andre Linossier looks forward to meeting you.  Phone 0417 041507
  • Down to Earth Garden Centre, Cnr. Longwarry & Weerong Rd, Drouin. Landscaping supplies, mulch, soil, rock, pond supplies, garden hardware. Phone 5625 5166