Friday, 26 January 2018

Bat Plant

This image has been shared by CHGC Member Janny who was very excited to see her Bat Plant (Tacca chantrieri) flower.

At one stage we had a resident Sub-tropical guru (Gavin) and he did a presentation at a meeting on Bat Plants. 

The information from that presentation was put onto our website. If you would like to know more and see what Gavin had to say about Bat Plants see that link here.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

2017 Competition Table Contributors Recognised

The 2017 Competition Table Results were announced at the Christmas Function. During the year there were hundreds of exhibits tabled at monthly meetings and our resident Cut Flower/Plant judge Margaret Franks really has her work cut out for her at times looking for points of difference.

Consistent contributor and first place winner was awarded to Mary B. who only has a small garden in size but it's brimful of wonderful plants and flowers. She mentioned when receiving her award 'I welcome the opportunity to share my garden with others' through her exhibits at each meeting.

Second place was awarded to Maria B. who seems to come up with a fairly decent rose at each meeting. Also this year she has contributed some Floral Art, it would be excellent if others followed her lead for this category.

Third place was awarded to Phillip L. who benches the most beautiful traditional flowers from his garden - the gladiolus and pentas have been just stunning.

The Random Draw lucky Competition Table winner was Irene Garton who has tabled some pretty flowers and also some pots during the year.

Please visit this link (Competition Table), for information on categories and the process for tabling exhibits at our monthly meetings.

Thank you to all CHGC members who have contributed during 2017. This year there will be only 10 months to impress, so please consider bringing in something at each meeting.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Clean Up Australia 2018

Clean Up Australia Limited is a not-for-profit environmental conservation organisation founded by Ian Kiernan. 2018 marks the 28th Anniversary of the launch of Clean up Australia Day and CHGC have been there every step of the way. 

Since the start of this initiative Australians have devoted 32 million hours towards cleaning up the environment through this movement and collected a staggering 344 thousand tonnes of rubbish. This figure is mind boggling and quite shameful really - why can't we just tidy up after ourselves?

It would be very interesting to know how much time, rubbish and areas are cleaned up out of this dedicated campaign weekend by the general public. I know as campers we'd do the 'Emu Bob' to pick up what inconsiderate slobs had left behind ........... couldn't understand it at that time and still don't!

CHGC takes pride in it's effort to clean up the historical Coffs Cemetery in Hardacre Street - next to the Botanic Gardens. It is not orduous work, mainly collecting spent floral tributes which have been blown about and the odd broken bottle. 

If you would like to join the happy band of members cleaning up this vital historical part of Coffs, please register from 8:30am at the shelter in front of the cemetery. Club member Peter will be on hand to handle the paperwork and map out what section you'll be working in. 

Please Note: wear closed in shoes and hat as the terrain is a bit patchy in parts.

Full details about the Clean Up Australia campaign can be seen here.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

February Outing

The first outing for 2018 is to Diggers Beach see map.

10am meet at 6 Meadowland Cres, bring morning tea to enjoy in our first garden.

Next garden is at 30 Timbertops Drive, a real surprise to see just how large this block is. A revamp has been undertaken by the current owners of this garden.

Last garden is at 9 Timbertops Drive, this garden has been Champion Garden in the Coffs Harbour Garden Club's Spring Garden Competition and is a MUST SEE.

Lunch will be at Aanuka (on Firman Avenue) there is a need to book numbers for lunch so if you could please RSVP to Marg on 0421 366 013 or Lyndy on 0422 162 882 by Wednesday 31 Jan.

If you would like to park your car on Firman Avenue (in the shade) and walk to the three gardens that'd be fine. The walk would involve an incline but you'd be in good company and basically not notice this as we chat along the way having a good peek at the lovely gardens of Diggers Beach!

First Meeting for 2018

Saturday 20 January saw membership take a departure from the norm and travel to President Jane's home and beautiful garden for the first CHGC meeting for 2018.

A top day for a little drive - Jane and Betty made us very welcome. Not only were the membership welcomed on the day, but three new ducklings for Betty (Jane's Mum) thanks to a CHGC member.

Jane's al fresco area was quickly filled by members who had come north to Moonee Beach for the meeting.

I apologize for the dark image (right). 

Tom, Anne-Maree, Barbara and Sue looking happy in the relaxed
atmosphere of the Durler's garden.
Past President Pat & Helen K.

Graham D, Marie B, Marie D & Irene G

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

How to Find The Meeting Dates for 2018

Vegetable category on the competition table see 'Membership' Tab above for
details and categories for the competition table

The meeting dates and other 'happenings' of the Coffs Garden Club can be seen on the right hand side panel of our CHGC website under the heading 'WHAT'S COMING UP'.

'What's Coming Up' with meeting and event dates can be seen on this side panel  

If you are viewing the website on your iphone or tablet remember to scroll down to the bottom and click 'view web version', so you can see the side panel. 

Monday, 15 January 2018

Membership Fees

CHCG Treasurer Anne-Maree and Tom will be accepting membership fees ($15) at this Saturday's (20th Jan) meeting. Our membership fees are due at the AGM which is held November of each year. You can order a CHGC name badge ($8) also if you need one - I have the happy knack of misplacing mine!

CHGC President Jane

President Jane is looking forward to hosting this special kick-off to the 2018 meeting calendar at her home - 21 Lyndhurst Close, Moonee Beach.

Usual starting time of 1:30pm - please note there will be no competition table or trading table at this meeting.

Jane has mentioned that her family have quite a few chairs on hand but just to be on the safe side, slip one into your boot in case there is a shortage.


Flower of the Month - January 2018

French Marigold, image BH&G
KINGDOM:  Plantae
FAMILY:  Asteraceae
GENUS:  Tagetes
SPECIES:  Many and varied

According to Wikipedia, the name Tagetes is from Roman mythology and related to a deity who came up out of the earth when it was being ploughed. Just like these plants that come up each year from last year's seeds.

In India and Nepal (where the flowers hold significant meaning), marigolds are typically used to make floral garlands for festivals, weddings, celebrations and religious events. The flowers and garlands are extensively available from markets and street stallholders.

(Pictured left) shows some of the pretty colours Marigolds are available in.

image M Bell
Marigolds are common and quite wonderful as companion plants - especially for food crops, as seen here growing happily beside beans, lettuce and corn.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Foaming Trees

We've recently experienced an extended period of dry weather followed by heavy rain over the past few days. Yesterday there were several trees in our yard which were foaming, which led to the question why? 

Some research has shown that the bark and leaves contain glycosylated alkaloids (or isoprenoids called saponins) which foam when wet. These alkaloids naturally build up during extended dry periods. They don't actually emerge from within the tree, but simply dissolve and wash off the leaves and bark during rain. When the water drips down towards the base of the tree, this primitive 'soap' then foams (due to the altered surface tension) as air is introduced. 

Tree foam happens in all types of trees and locations worldwide.

This foaming also occurs in other areas such as rocks (rock foam) and in rivers and oceans, where phosphates combine with water and air to produce foam.

Strangely enough many terrestrial orchids live at the base of local trees precisely because of the 'wetting agent' properties of the saponins that are released from the bark of trees in heavy rain.