Bee-utiful Plants for the Garden

From the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club

The July meeting of the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club Inc. will take place at the Enoggera Memorial Hall in Trundle Street, on Thursday, 1st July, provided there are no Covid 19 restrictions.  ‘Plants to attract bees’ is the subject of the guest speaker, Bob Luttrell, that morning. We are so dependent on bees and other insects and creatures to pollinate the flowers on our plants to ensure there are seeds for the next crop. 

Disasters such as drought, heat waves, bush fires and floods have destroyed lots of bees or robbed them of their life-sustaining materials, so we must grow vegetation that the bees need. Here are some names of plants that would be helpful. Buddleia (Butterfly Bush), Daisies, Lavender, Callistemon (Bottlebrush), Abelia, Leptospermum (Tea Tree). Most of these are shrubs, but all flowering bushes and annuals could be on the list. Blue and lavender flowers in particular attract bees. Bob Luttrell will have lots more to tell on 1st July. 

Officially, the month of June begins our winter season.  However, it’s hard to predict what the climatic conditions will be. For winter, always water the garden after 9am and before 4pm. This gives the foliage time to dry while there’s still warmth from the sun. Dampness on foliage after sunset encourages fungus and disease to attack. Sunshine on plants on a frosty morning will burn them, so it’s a good idea to give the garden and grass a quick spray with the hose to melt away the frost. During the cold months maintenance in our garden will still be needed in the form of mulching, weeding and watering. Despite at the end of April and the beginning of May there were heavy rain and storms, our dams have not reached their desired capacity. There are still requests for the public to conserve water. So please be water conscious at all times.

The May meeting had a good attendance and a wonderful display on the exhibitor’s show bench.  The judge, Margaret Morrow, a foundation member of the club, gave a Highly Commended Award to Jacqi Harwood for a beautiful succulent bloom which was remarkable. It was a head of small yellow flowers on a long stem. Jacqi was thrilled when she found out that her exhibit had won the award.

This club meets on the firsts Thursday of the calendar month except January.  Morning tea is served at 9.45 am and immediately after that the meeting commences. Visitors and new members are most welcome. 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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