Thursday, 28 February 2013

Sparking your interest for 25 March outing

Because of storm damage to the Veraya nursery and the cancellation of that visit we are now going to see Sue's beautiful bromeliads.  

A well deserved 2012 Spring Garden Competition winner and just lovely. The quirky embellishments will delight you - just look for the bromeliad chandelier, the award winning water feature, the eclectic collection of bikes to name but a few. This garden is an ever changing canvas for Sue as she finds new and exciting ways to showcase something really special.

Sue also has extensive Bromeliad shadehouses that are simply pristine with many, many different broms including neoregelias hybrids, aechmeas hybrids, billbergias plus many more.


This Spring Garden Competition winner is a real stunner with beautiful vistas and clever structural additions done by Kellie and her family members. Kellie's huge garden has been established over the last four or so years using some plants that she has bartered/swapped - so most of the species in this garden are proven good performers for this climate. She has used some massive urns as water features - they originally were in her Grandfather's Butchery.

A very clever plants-woman, Kellie has created a wonderful garden well worth the visit. The lower driveway on the right is bordered by daylilies so follow that drive to her garden.

Unfortunately this part of the planned outing has had to be cancelled as Neil's garden and nursery has sustained too much storm damage for visitors....... we hope that there is no lasting damage. This garden and nursery will certainly be on our outing agenda in the future.

One of the locations for our next outing is a visit to a Vireya Nursery. Neil has been hugely successful in breeding these wonderful plants. He has sent thousands of these plants overseas - notably to the beautiful Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, just think on that when you visit these terrific gardens and feel proud of a very clever Aussie!

Named after the French botanist, Julien-Joseph Virey, vireyas were first introduced into Europe in the 1850s but because they did not prove very hardy in gardens, people concentrated on collecting the Himalayan rhododendrons for breeding purposes. It is only recently that these plants have been accepted by the gardening community for their ease of growing as a garden, bush-house or patio plant or even hanging baskets.

Varieties range widely in size and shape of plant, leaf and flowers. Flower colour varies also, and many are beautifully perfumed. Most Vireyas are spectacularly different from the Rhododendron commonly grown in cooler climates. Many Vireyas are useful as long lasting cut flowers or even for use in corsages. Although Vireyas originate in tropical regions, such as New Guinea, Indonesia and Malaysia, these plants have been grown successfully, for a number of years, all around Australia.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Working Bee at the Show Ground

Getting prepared for the Coffs Harbour Show 26-28 April is a busy time. Six people turned up to work - four of which members from our Club, at a working bee at 'The Shed' to prepare the display cabinets for the Show. A very clever chap has made some wonderful wheels for ALL the cabinets. For the first time EVER there will be no chiropractic appointments post show.

If you require any information about the Show, competitions etc just click Coffs Show and all will be revealed!

There will be further posts about our contribution as a club to this wonderful community event closer to the Show - in the meantime give those pots some TLC so they'll be looking lush and beautiful come show time!

Saturday, 16 February 2013

2013 February Meeting

At our February Meeting


Flower of the month winner

Some lovely foliage from Helen

Jim's ever present seedlings

Gorgeous Ixora

Chat time over a cuppa

     Welcome to some new people to our club



Monday, 11 February 2013

Our Australian Gardens


This website has the most beautiful images of  Australian gardens and well worth a look.

From Albion Farm homestead, looking over the lake and lotus ponds.

This is just an example of the images that you will find on this website.

From Total Gardens


As described by Total Gardens - Hot Little Numbers for Valentines Day! - just love it

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Boambee Waters

New member Anne's idea of picnic ware !

We had a terrific get-together yesterday, shared with a terrific crew. Lots of news and views around the tables at the Joan Weller Shelter at Boambee Waters Reserve. As evidenced from the image above, new member Ann has some style, with a beautifully set table and her idea of the essential picnic salad bowl.

As Fiona and Arthur are moving to the Tweed region we said our farewells to them both at our gathering. We wished them every happiness and much joy in their new home. Be prepared with the welcome mat Fiona as your friends from Coffs will be looking for a cuppa when up that way.

Some of the happy throng. Maureen shared some 'lolly' history, which was very interesting and generated lots of conversations and memories. I'm sorry to say Maureen I wasn't one of those people who rolled their Jaffa's down the aisle in the Picture Theatre - they were too expensive to waste like that!

Look forward to seeing everyone at our next meeting on Sat 16 Feb.

Airport Garden Maintenance Cancelled

Unfortunately, the airport air-side maintenance scheduled for tomorrow, Wed 6 February has been cancelled. Supervisors from the airport are a bit short on so they've cancelled. Looks like there will be plenty to do next month!