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Forest Lake Area Garden Group

Corin Mackay    August 2, 2023    2 min read   

By Pat Parlane

Zygo plant in bloom.

Winter has arrived and it is nice to have a change of wardrobe. Unlike most Queenslanders I enjoy the cooler weather. Unlike the southern states, we have it pretty good in Brisbane with maximum temps rarely getting below 18 degrees, so you can still get out in the garden in the middle of the day and it is a good time to do some cutting back and tidying up.

Our June speaker was Patrick Smith who was very informative on Gerberas and Carnations. He bought plants to sell, which we love. Our speaker for this month is Helen Rattenbury who is going to speak on Geraniums and Pelargoniums. Mine have not been performing very well lately, probably due to all the rain, so I am hoping she will have some solutions for me.

As I write this Zygo cactuses are just starting to come out – they have such a range of lovely colours and are reasonably easy to grow from small cuttings. Pop several in a hanging basket and hang under a tree. If you do not have any, pinch some cuttings from friends and grow them for next year. You will be pleased you did.

Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month with morning tea served at 9.30 am for a 10.00 am start. The venue is the National Servicemen’s Association Hall at 907 Boundary Road, Wacol (entrance off Metroplex Place and Nashos Place). We welcome visitors who may be interested in joining our very friendly club. For further information please contact Jill on 0403 002 143 or Pat on 0438 727 482.

Corin Mackay