90 Years Young & Still Going Strong

An update from the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club

Bernice with her 90th Birthday Cake

During the Christmas-New Year recess, a foundation member of the Mitchelton & Districts Garden club, Berenice Corvi, had her 90th birthday, making three club members over this age.  

At the April meeting, on behalf of the club, Margaret Morrow, the club patron, presented Berenice (Bernie)  with a floral arrangement of chrysanthemums and carnations. Despite the bad weather beforehand, club members’ show bench entries were commendable. Hedi Marshall received the ‘Champion Award’ for a magnificent potted flowering orchid. 

May is the last month of Autumn.  Already when the sun is not shining there’s a chill in the air.  Sub-tropical and temperate climate indoor plants would benefit from being placed outside at night a few times.  If you are considering planting fruit trees, nurseries have new stock available. A well drained sunny position with lots of organic material in the soil is required.    For areas where space is limited, dwarf fruit trees will cater for your needs.  Given correct conditions they will grow  and produce successfully in large containers. Azalea growers will notice buds getting fatter for flowering in spring. If the buds are turning brown or dropping, this could indicate petal blight fungus. You should be able to control this if fungicide applications begin straight away. Have you noticed about dusk, the intensity of mosquito attacks?  Mosquitoes transmit disease, so always protect yourself from bites by using an insect repellent or covering your bare skin. Check no water is in vessels in your yard, e.g. pot plant saucers, or forgotten pet dishes.  Don’t be concerned about the water in the cup of bromeliads as these plants provide a chemical to prevent mosquitoes breeding.

All being well with the COVID situation, the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club will meet at the Enoggera Memorial Hall on Thursday, 2nd June.  Guest Speaker, Barbara Beerling, will talk about ‘Repairs to Flood Damaged Gardens’.  Being a qualified horticulturist, Barbara specialises in garden  problems, disease control, plant identification, roses, fruit trees and pruning, so her advice, will be invaluable to those present whose gardens were damaged during the February/ March floods.  Visitors and new members are most welcome.  Morning tea is served at 9.45 a.m. and  the entrance to the hall is at 36 Trundle Street, Enoggera.The club meets on the first Thursday of the calendar month except January. The hall is close to public transport and accessible by wheelchair.  For more information please phone the president, Pat, on 3356 1256. 

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