Forest Lake Area Garden Group

by John Prout

Spring is nature’s way of saying “Let’s party!”. Yes, it’s now spring and what has September in store for us? The majority of the flowers in our gardens are about to reveal their true colours and wonderful display that only nature can produce. It is easy to be inspired by the colour and perfume of annuals and bulbs in flower and vegetable gardens continue to soldier on. As the days are getting longer, this gives us time to relax in the garden and do some pretty serious fertilising, both with our homemade compost, or some of the organic products on the market.

There are plenty of enjoyable tasks to do in the garden this month. It’s time to feed your azaleas, established fruit trees and don’t forget to spray any hibiscus to control the hibiscus beetle. Why not plant a native tree to attract bird life into your garden? Also it’s a good time to replant the pups from the bromeliads and don’t forget to give your indoor plants extra water as the weather warms up.

The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers will be held despite the current restrictions, however, some of the activities will be limited. Check their website to see the latest details as to which of the award winning gardens will be opened.

Earlier this month we held our 25th Anniversary celebration with a Picnic in the Park in the Sherwood Arboretum. Many attendees commented it was ‘great to be able to get together again’. While we want to re-start our normal monthly meeting, finding a venue that can hold around a hundred people and abide by the current distance rules, is being investigated. Alternatively we are hoping to have some open garden visits while this is being resolved.

Moth Orchids (Phalaenopsis spp) are becoming popular as many supermarkets are selling them as gifts. They can be somewhat intimidating for a novice orchid grower. However with some basic care, they can be one of the easiest orchids to grow. The ‘moth’ refers to their broad, winged petals. Like all orchids, their roots will rot if kept too wet, therefore it’s best to grow moth orchids in an orchid mix that will ensure good drainage. Sometimes roots can be seen on the surface of the mix or growing over the side of the pot. This is quite natural for orchids.

For all the latest information, check our website and Facebook pages.

Meetings Tuesdays, at Uniting Church Community Life Centre, 528 Waterford Rd, Ellen Grove. Recommencement of meetings to be advised. For more information call John Prout 0419 634 699
or Jill Lowe 0403 002 143.

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