Sunday, 21 December 2014

Monolepta Beetle - Monolepta australis

This year I noticed these little blighters on some of our roses, which led to my investigation of them. They seemed to choose the white roses and were not evident on any of the darker colours.

Warm dry weather will encourage the small (around 6mm) native Monolepta Beetle to take up residence in our gardens. As their common name suggests, these little yellow beetles have a red stripe across their shoulders and a red spot on their wings. Also called red-shouldered leaf beetle, this native beetle occurs in northern and eastern Australia with tropical and subtropical climates.

These beetles can appear in enormous swarms, especially during warmer dry months, shredding leaves and stripping flowers. 

These beetles will attack avocado, citrus, mango and strawberry, corn and cucurbits, and natives such as eucalypt, tea-tree and wattle. The larvae are white grubs that feed underground.

The only way to protect your garden from attack is to keep shrubs watered well during dry spells and keep the garden surface mulched to prevent moisture loss through evaporation. This year we didn't mulch the roses so we've learnt a very valuable lesson!

If the plant being attacked is not too large, using a stick knock them into a container of soapy water. Spraying is not really an option because sprays that kill these beetles will also kill beneficial insects visiting plants at the same time. You could try putting a white container with water in it near the infested shrub and some will drown - DO NOT put soap in this as you'll do the bees in.

Natural Enemies:
There are no known predators that are effective against high populations of Monolepta australis.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

President's Message - December 2014

This President's Message is our last for 2014. I’d like to start off by offering best wishes to everyone for a safe and happy Christmas and a great New Year.

The Club’s Christmas party was a lovely event, which we held at Opal Cove where we were again looked after brilliantly well.  I think everyone who attended had a great time, enjoying fine food and fellowship, as well as the visit by our special Santa (thanks Jane).  And thanks to Maria for all her hard work in organising the event.

We have a new team looking after the Club for 2015.  Congratulations and sincere thanks to each and every person who has put their hand up for the coming year.  The new team is:

Patrons Julie and Paul Worland

Executive:  President: Geoff Bell

Vice President: Simon Young

Secretary: Andrea Baker

Treasurer & Public Officer: vacant – Simon to continue until Feb 2015

Committees and Other Roles
    Communications Coordinator:  Maria Bell

    Spring Garden Comp Cttee:  Simon Young, Maria Bell, Bob Tarry, Jane Durler,
        Margaret Crawley, Peter Kimber, Michael Pearson, Ray Chippington

    Program Cttee:  Trish Welsh, Jane Durler, Maureen Stokes

    Catering Cttee:  Margaret Crawley, Jeannine Young, Janny Hoy, Margaret Franks

    Hospitality & Attendance Book:  Marion Braun, Gill Goatcher

    Competition Table Judges:  Ray Chippington, Gavin Reid, Helen Kayser

    Competition Table Stewards:  Michael Reid, Simon Young

    Airport Garden Coordinator:  Peter Kimber

    Gardener’s Diary – Flowers & Foliage: # vacant – please consider doing this

    Gardener’s Diary – Fruit & Vegies: # vacant # - please consider doing this

    Gardener’s Diary—Tropical/Sub-tropical:  Gavin Reid

    Setting up/Packing up Coordinator:  Peter Kimber

    Raffle Seller :  Peter Kimber

    Birthday Cards:  Helen Kayser

    Show Delegate:  Peter Kimber

Our first meeting for 2015 is on Sat 21 Feb at the Botanic Gardens at 1.30pm, but please don’t forget we also have a social picnic at Mylestom on Mon 2 Feb.  I look forward to catching up with everyone then.  In the meantime, enjoy the holidays and happy gardening.

Folks it’s time to share your knowledge (or learn in the process..) If you’d like to do either of these two roles please contact Geoff. #

Thursday, 4 December 2014

2014 Christmas Party

Ho, Ho, Ho from President Geoff

The CHGC Xmas Party was a lot of fun for those who attended with lots of prezzies to open, awards handed out and a good catch up for some who can't make it to all our meetings during the year.

The Garden Clubs of Australia Mid North Coast Zone Co-ordinator, Keryn Rodham, shared with the gathering know what was happening within our Zone.

The Executive - Geoff Bell President, Pat Roser Vice President, Simon Young Treasurer and Maureen Stokes Secretary were thanked for their excellent work during the year.

Pat took out the most successful exhibitor for the 2014 Competition Table. Looks as though this may continue with that bounty of plant nourishment!  

Helen was delighted with her second place in the 2014 Competition Table. 

Third place getter Annette G. was not present to accept her prize.

Treasurer Simon recited the Pam Ayres poem 'I have a little satnav' for those who missed his first rendition at the September meeting.

Some new members attended the function, seen here are Janny & Ken H. looking as if the CHGC really brings a smile to their faces!

Any Christmas Party worth it's salt has an ever jolly Santa - Jane D demonstrated her own slant on what every well presented Santa should be dressed in this year, much to the delight of the membership.
Santa ably assisted by Maria and Corrine

Corrine & John S.

New member Barbara taking 'shots' and Janice intent on what her parcel contained.

CHGC Patrons Julie & Paul Worland took a break from their busy work schedule to attend.

Graham & Marie D, entering into the spirit with their hats on.

Competition Table Chief Judge, Ray C.

Catering Committee Chair, Margaret C - this time not having to 'lift a finger' for the delicious fare.

Santa has them spellbound.

Following are some of the happy throng at this party at Opal Cove. Thank you to all who attended and we look forward to seeing you in 2015.