Bulbs – Information & Advice

From The Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club

Bulbs is the topic of guest speakers  Kevin and Carol Larson, at the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club meeting on 5th September at the Enoggera Memorial Hall. Not all plants considered to be growing from bulbs are truly bulbous e.g. the gladiolus ‘bulb’ is a corn.  Also, ranunculi and anenomes grow from corns.  Another example is the dahlia ‘ bulb’ which is really a tuber. Bulbs are distinguished by their  shape which is like an elongated onion.  There are varieties to suit all seasons, but Spring excels with Daffodils, Tulips, Hyacinths and Hippeastrums, that all produce many colourful displays.  Once established, bulbs could be considered as plants that do not require a lot of attention, and Kevin and Carol will share their expertise about growing bulbs which can be saved to grow from year to year.

We are in the last month of winter and the garden is almost ready to burst into spring displays. Keep a check on the lawn for Bindi plants. Small patches may be removed by hand, or they can be sprayed with a weed killer that won’t kill your lawn. Once the prickles appear it’s too late. Hanging baskets or potted plants may need attention now and it is a good time to repot them with a good quality potting mix that contains a slow release fertiliser. It’s time to sow seeds for summer flowering annuals and vegetables, so they can be planted out next month.

The Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club meets on the first Thursday of the calendar month.  Meetings commence after morning tea which is served at 9.45 a.m.  Visitors and new members are most welcome.

The hall, situated on Trundle Street, Enoggera, is accessible by wheel chair and close to public transport. For more information, please phone the president, Pat on 3356 1256.

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