November 2018

Winners of the show bench sections in October as judged by Lorraine Murfett

Section

First

Second

Third

Flower of the month

Ron Blair

Ron Blair

Dianne Dalton

One Rose  

Ralph Slaughter

Aileen White

Ralph Slaughter

One stem of other flower (not a Rose)

Shirley Hall

Robyn Hill

Shirley Hall

Stem of foliage (no buds or flowers)

Aileen White

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-

Floral Art (in water)

Annette Wilmott

Annette Wilmott

June Dineen

Bulbs, Tubers, Corms, Rhizomes

Robyn Hill

Aileen White

Ingrid Tully

Flowering Shrub (in flower) 1 stem

Robyn Hill

Ingrid Tully

Ralph Slaughter

Container of flowers

Ron Blair

Carol Burns

Maurice Cunningham

Cacti, succulent or potted plant

Henry Cotton

Maurice Cunningham

-

Above ground vegetable

Carol Burns

Jan Swan

Carol Burns

Below ground vegetable

-

-

-

Herbs (flowering, non-flowering, mixed)

Aileen White

Carol Burns

Ron Blair

Fruits, Nuts

-

-

-

BEST EXHIBIT

Annette Wilmott

 

 

Winners of the George Lowe Memorial Iris Competition: 

First: Ron Blair.     Second: Aileen White.     Third: Dianne Dalton.

 

Today’s meeting:  Guest speaker – Paul Kirkpatrick – Le Potager-Edible Art, followed by Christmas lunch and presentation of annual awards at the Warragul Golf Club.

 

Places to go and things to do:

With Christmas fast approaching and Spring nearing an end, there are no ‘local’ garden events listed on the RHSV website.  The next listing is for the International Garden & Flower Show and hanging basket competition at the Exhibition Buildings in Melbourne from March 27th to 31st March 2019.

 

Things to do in the garden in December & January:

Most activities in the garden at this time of year relate to the need to provide sufficient water to plants. As soon as temperatures over 30C arrive sprinklers and soaker hoses need to be put into position. Drippers are the best way to water roses. Try to provide 4 litres per plant at least twice a week. Mulching with bark, pea straw, Sugar Cane mulch or Lucerne will be beneficial for both flowers and vegetables.

 

In the vegetable garden - Sow seed of Radish, Beans, Parsnips, Zucchini, Squash, Pumpkin and Beetroot.  Plant seedlings of Spring Onions and Silver beet. Plant more Sweet corn.  Plant tomatoes for a late crop also Capsicum and Chilli, Beans & Sweet corn.

 

In the flower garden - Plant seedlings of Petunias, Impatiens, Lobelia, Alyssum, Dianthus, Lupins, Madeira Daisies, Marigolds, Candytuft and Cleome.  Most of the above are also available as potted colour. Sow seeds of a whole range of summer loving flowers such as Salvias, Petunias, Dianthus, Ageratum, Alyssum, Lobelia and Wild Flower Mix. Apply the next dose of Sudden Impact for Roses when dead-heading in early December.

Lawns – Mow regularly. Keep the blades high to prevent early drying of the soil underneath. Apply water where necessary. It is better to give one big soaking once or twice a week rather than small amounts daily.

 

Fruit trees - Keep the base of all fruit trees free of weeds. Treat any Scale on Citrus trees. Their presence is often indicated by Sooty Mould or ants running up into the trees. Prepare nets for plums, apricots and early peaches.

 

Quote: You know you are addicted to Gardening when you stop to pull out weeds and it is not even your garden!!

 

Poinsettia

The Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima), also known as Christmas flower is a member of the spurge family and is indigenous to Mexico.  It is well known for its red and green foliage and is used as a Christmas decoration.  The coloured bracts are most often red but can be orange, cream, pink, pale green, white or marbled.  These are not flower petals.  The flowers are small and grouped within small yellow structures in the centre of each leaf bract.

There is a misconception that the poinsettia his highly toxic.  While the sap and latex may cause an allergic reaction in sensitive individuals and cause stomach upsets if eaten, studies have shown that its toxicity is relatively mild.  Sap accidentally introduced into the eyes can cause temporary blindness; something to be careful about.

The Aztecs of South America used the plant to produce a red dye which they used as a pain killer.  The Mexicans know it as the Christmas Eve Flower, The Spanish call it the Easter Flower, In Peru and Chile it is known as the Crown of the Andes and the Hungarians refer to it as the Santa Claus Flower.

 

Did you know:

* Vanilla flavouring comes from the pod of an orchid – Vanilla planifolia which is native to Mexico.

* Small pockets of air inside cranberries cause them to bounce and float in water.

* Pineapples are the only edible members of the Bromeliad family.

 

Report of our bus trip to Morwell:

With a lovely sunny day, we headed off towards Morwell, with our first stop at the Bicentennial Rose Gardens which were being tended by an enthusiastic group of volunteers.  The four acres of gardens had over 4000 plants with about 400 varieties displayed in beds of mass plantings, growing over arbours and up trellises.  Each variety of rose was named so it was a good opportunity to select favourites to purchase for our home gardens.  Lunch at the Morwell Bowling Club was enjoyed by all.  After lunch we visited the Traralgon West Nursery with its amazing gift shop and from there it was out to Hazelwood North to visit Marlene Walker’s garden which was a mass of colour with hundreds of roses and other plants.  We enjoyed our day out which was organised by Howard.

 

Next meeting:  Monday, 28th January commencing at 9.45am.  No meeting in December.  Doors open 9am for setting up.  Entries for show bench to be placed for judging prior to 9.30am. 

Morning tea duty (January): 

Flower of the month (January): One Stem of Gladioli

 

Please support our Club sponsors: 

  • 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.  rowes@dcsi.net.au  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. 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

 

Printing of this newsletter courtesy Gary Blackwood MLA and staff, 3/24 Mason Street, Warragul.  5623 1960

 

 

October 2018

                  October 2018

Winners of the show bench sections in September as judged by Dawn Green

Section

First

Second

Third

Flower of the month

Lorraine Barrett

Heather Coustley

Heather Coustley

One Rose  

Aileen White

Aileen White

B & A Mentiplay

One stem of other flower (not a Rose)

B & A Mentiplay

Heather Coustley

= Ingrid Tully

= Heather Coustley

Stem of foliage (no buds or flowers)

Heather Coustley

Aileen White

B & A Mentiplay

Floral Art (in water)

June Dineen

A. Wilmott

= Heather Coustley

= A. Wilmott

Bulbs, Tubers, Corms, Rhizomes

D. Dalton

Heather Coustley

D. Dalton

Flowering Shrub (in flower) 1 stem

Aileen White

Heather Coustley

Ingrid Tully

Container of flowers

D. Dalton

Lorraine Barrett

D. Dalton

Cacti, succulent or potted plant

M. Cunningham

Heather Coustley

B & A Mentiplay

Above ground vegetable

Heather Coustley

Ralph Slaughter

Ralph Slaughter

Below ground vegetable

Carol Burns

Carol Burns

 

Herbs (flowering, non-flowering, mixed)

Heather Coustley

Aileen White

Carol Burns

Fruits, Nuts

Ralph Slaughter

Carol Burns

Aileen White

BEST EXHIBIT

June Dineen

B & A Mentiplay considered for best exhibit

 

Today’s meeting:  Short meeting, judging of show bench including George Lowe Iris competition, followed by a visit to Aileen White’s garden.

 

Places to go and things to do:

ü  Gardivalia Festival of Gardens – Open gardens ($5 per ticket or $20 for 5 tickets), events, workshops. West Gippsland area. October.  Further details www.gardivalia.com.au

ü  Australian Pelargonium & Geranium Society – 2018 show.  Sat 3rd Nov. 12noon–4pm & Sun 4th Nov – 9.30am-4pm.  Plants on show & sales.  Bellfield Community Centre, Ivanhoe.

ü  Victorian Iris Society – main show.  Sunday, 4th November. $6 Adults, children free.  Rhizomes, afternoon tea, souvenirs, catalogues.  Mt Waverley Community Centre.    senisbet@netspace.net.au

ü  47th Leongatha Rose Spectacular – Fri 9th Nov – noon-5pm & Sat 10th Nov -9am-4pm.  Rose show and general horticultural exhibition.  The Children’s corner & The Children’s Roses.  Entry $5, children free. Memorial Hall, Leongatha.  Further information: Josie 03 5657 3292.

ü  Bromeliad Society of Victoria – Show.  Sat 10th Nov – 9am-4pm & Sun 11th Nov – 10am-3pm. Adults $4, Seniors $3.  Displays, sales, books, information, food & drink available.  BYO carry bags.  N.G. Wishart Senior Citizens Centre, 964 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin.

ü  Rose Society of Victoria Annual Rose Show/Spring Rose Show - Sat 10th Nov 1pm-5pm & Sun 11th Nov 10am-4.30pm.  Adult $5, concession $4.  Advice, sales, speakers, refreshments.  Mt Waverley Community Centre, Mt Waverley.

ü  Yarra Valley Plant Fair & Garden Expo – Sat 17th Nov and Sun 18th Nov.  Quayle Road, Wandin.  Further information phone 0414 242 710.

ü  Salvia Study Group – Annual Salvia Plants at Nobelius.  Sun 18th Nov. Nobelius Heritage Park, Crighton Road, Emerald (under the packing shed).  Further information – Lyndi 03 9803 4534.

ü  Victorian Iris Society Late Show – Tues 20th Nov.  Jean McKendry Neighbourhood Centre, 91-111 Melrose Street, North Melbourne.

ü  RHSV International Flower & Garden Show & Hanging basket competition.  27th – 31st March 2019.  (Advance notice of dates.)

 

Things to do in the garden in November:

  • With a hot, dry summer on the horizon it will help your plants if they have a layer of mulch to keep the moisture in the soil underneath, so… mulch, mulch, mulch – pea straw, sugarcane mulch, bark chips, mushroom compost, chopped leaves etc.  Add water crystals to the soil also.
  • Cut roses as they finish blooming to encourage more blooms.
  • When planting Dahlias, put the supporting stake in prior to planting the tuber.  Watch for snails on new growth from Dahlia tubers.
  • Keep moisture up to citrus trees, fertilise, then mulch underneath keeping mulch away from trunk.
  • Pinch back Chrysanthemums and repeat again towards the end of December to promote a bushy plant with lots of flowers.
  • Take cuttings of Azaleas and spring flowering shrubs using new growth that has hardened up.
  • Fertilise everything in the garden, even pot plants.
  • Keep an eye out for thrips which are a tiny sap sucking insect.  They especially like to infest light coloured flowers.  Spray with Confidor or Pyrethrum.
  • Lightly cut back natives as they finish flowering. Dig in gypsum and compost to improve clay soils.
  • Plant seedlings of capsicum, eggplant, lettuce, celery, cucumber, onions, pumpkin, silver beet, sweetcorn, zucchini and tomatoes.  Use fertiliser regularly.
  • Sow seeds of beans, radish, silver beet, beetroot, carrots, sweetcorn – once again, keep up the fertiliser.  Sowing radishes and carrots together help the carrots germinate.  The radishes will be ready to harvest well before the carrots.

 

Bus trip to Morwell:  (subject to sufficient numbers) Tuesday 30th October. Pick up from Drouin 9am, Burke Street, Warragul 9.15am.  Visit Morwell Rose garden, lunch at own cost at Morwell Bowling Club, Visit Traralgon West Nursery, visit to a private garden at Hazelwood North. Cost $20 members, $25 non-members. Bookings to Howard hasjds@bigpond.com or phone 5622 3184 or 0449 619990

 

Self-drive trip:  The gardens trip (by cars) on Nov 13th will be to Ripplebrook Gardens (Carla Watkins-club member) including a lunch barbecue. After lunch the unique garden of John & Lorraine Thornbury, Lardner Road, Drouin.  Further details at our meeting.

 

Smell the roses:  Roses (Rosaceae) have surprising relatives in their family – Apples, pears, peaches, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, almonds, quinces, plums, Photinia, Rowan and Hawthorn.

 

Next meeting:  Monday, 26th November commencing at 9.45am.  Doors open 9am for setting up.  Entries for show bench to be placed for judging prior to 9.30am.  Annual presentations and Christmas get-together lunch at the Warragul Golf Club to follow the meeting. 

Morning tea duty (November): 

Flower of the month (November): Container of Roses

 

Please support our Club sponsors: 

  • 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.  rowes@dcsi.net.au  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. 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

 

Printing of this newsletter courtesy Gary Blackwood MLA and staff, 3/24 Mason Street, Warragul.  5623 1960