In September we will gather at 6 Tulip St.
With many in the group unavailable, a small team of four achieved a lot at Kathy’s place. The jasmine and ivy was tamed, some self-sown native plants were potted up and a number of other plants trimmed or pruned.
In September we will gather at 6 Tulip St.
Please note that when I announce the whereabouts of Marcus and Kirsten's garden I read Mitchell street, visualize Thomas Mitchell and mislead readers by sliding into writing Thomas Street! (Lateral thinking skills can be a trap) Despite my sabotage some useful work was done in pleasant sunshine and some good food rewarded the team.
Early July Shirlie will host and on the fifth Monday Bill and Jane will be home base.
It being a bit early for the roses, Frank and Val had three helpers in a weeding and tidying blitz.
On June 18th, leaving the long w/end free for family or other frivolities, we will be meeting at Marcus and Kirsten's.
I think Bill & Jane will be back in Australia for the early July session and given a fifth July Monday, on the 30th we might get back to Shirlie's place but these dates can be switched
We all got to work in Lois's garden but Bill threw himself in with even more than his usual gusto and within minutes had sliced himself with the pruners, so it is with relief that I'm glad to report that his swollen thumb is recovering, though slowly.
He may have to take a supervisory role when we gather at Val's for the rose pruning on May 14th.
(Elspeth will be an apology yet again so please decide on a June venue and whether we should gather on the QB Monday or on the third or fourth Mon of the month)
Our Garden Team at Kathy’s worked in superb autumn weather trimming and pruning shrubs around the garden, and along the driveway. A great result, especially when most of the prunings were then cut into manageable pieces for easy composting or disposal. We then enjoyed afternoon tea, particularly Val’s deluxe sandwiches.
Next month will be at Lois’s.
Kathy Costello/Elspeth Maconachie
We worked so well we were allowed to stop before much more than an hour had passed. Wasps also had some influence on proceedings! it was a tasty and well-deserved afternoon tea which was as fruitful as our labours.
I hope the secateurs were claimed and that the same energy is available to Lois at our next meeting on March 19 (though Elspeth may be a non-starter that day with Tai Chi training in Melb)
A few apologies but still a good work force at Kathy's with the welcome addition of Vicki, a willing weeder and good company from all reports!
On the fifth Monday, October 30th, we'll be at Jane and Bill's and after that we'll meet at Kirsten and Marcus's for the early November session.
Violet Town tamed thanks to ivy interrupter, lavender lopper, wisteria wrestler et al!
Meet next at Nth Arundel St.
One session was called off due to cold feet, but otherwise we have been lucky with some gaps in the clouds and have come through the worst of winter with nothing more serious than a few rose scars to Marcus!!
Frank proved variously skilled recently at Shirlie's garden with dog handling, fencing and even some pruning.
Next time, on September 11th, we will be at 6 Tulip Street, Violet Town.
Val's roses have been well dealt with (with a little extra assistance, thank you Shelley) while Frank and Kathy earned gold stars for dealing with weeds and vine.
At the end of this month we will move to Harry Williams Drive and see what Lois would like done.
We concentrated on the front garden at Jane and Bill's and with another large roll-up quickly made progress on weeding and pruning. (My dodgy phone prevented Lois's apology from reaching us) Afternoon tea was well-deserved and enjoyed.
We kept the long weekend free and thus will be at Lois's garden near the end of June before honing pruners for Val's place in July.
It was a pleasure to visit Kirsten and Marcus and have a new garden to view and work in with a large team despite a couple of apologies. On the last Monday of May we will be at Jane and Bill's in Grey St.
With the welcome addition of Marcus and Kirsten it was team of nine who worked with impressive effect at Kathy's and the well-laden afternoon tea table offered the accustomed reward.
In May we'll see a new garden when we work at 10 Mitchell St on the 8th and we'll be at Jane and Bill's on the 28th.
After that we'll be at Lois's in June and by July Val's roses will be in need of pruning.
The Garden Team will on 28th March. A report will be included next month.
We had a splendid and hard-working team on a day timed beautifully after a couple of 40 degree days.
Much pruning and weeding is now on its way to being turned into mulch (or goat manure) and the ducks enjoyed the snails.
We also enjoyed an afternoon tea of the usual high standard.
The owner of the green-handled Laser clippers should contact Elspeth ( 0418621764) if they wish to see them again before we meet in March at Shirlie's garden.
Bring your diary so we can start settling the batting order, which will be somewhat similar to the last couple of years but with the chance to swap dates if you already know that you'll be away or especially want the team at, say, rose pruning time.
We look forward next time to meeting new member Ian and welcoming back Jane and Bill.
We completed the year's labour with a well attended prune-in at Bill and Jane's. It is always a rewarding and pleasant gathering and we look forward to re-convening at Tulip St in mid February!
You can thank Jane and Elspeth for the sunny breaks on Monday 11th as it didn't rain after we called off the team at about ten minutes before scheduled spade off!
We will return to Jane and Bill's in November after our session in the new Barkly Street abode of Val and Frank – so be ready for a little trimming, weeding and ideas for out the back at 66 Barkly St on October 31st.
There have been two Garden Teams in the last month. On both occasions the weather forecast suggested we would be rained out, but we were lucky enough to be able to do the work.
On the fifth Monday in August five members met at Shirlie's home and undertook weeding and pruning. Bill was able to dig out the stump of a grapefruit tree which had been severely pruned on a previous occasion.
As usual we rewarded ourselves with a delicious afternoon tea and caught up on the gossip around the town.
On the second Monday in September seven members met at Kathy's home and again weeding was the order of the day. Jane severely pruned back an unwanted Grevillea and Bill was able to dig out the stump. Over afternoon tea Kathy told us about her recent birding trip to Colombia in South America, and the over 300 species she was able to observe.
The next Garden Team will be at Bill and Jane's on Monday 10th October - with all this rain there will be plenty of weeds to pull out!
We made ourselves as useful as we could in Lois's well kept, busy and organised garden with Bill's pruning earning the elephant stamp.
I also pass on the thanks of Rupe and Gwen for many tasks done there last month.
August 29th - Shirlie
September 12th - Kathy
October 10th - Jane & Bill / 31st - Val
November 14th - Elspeth
I can be emailed email@example.com; sent a text on 0418 621764 or a 101 can be left (after a longish wait) on 57621700.
About the Garden Team
A band of enthusiastic gardeners gathers once a
month for an afternoon at each member’s garden in rotation. The working bee uses each members skills and abilities to achieve about six
hours effect in an hour and a half. Then
we rest on our laurels with tea provided by the host and a home-baked and/or healthy
plate from the visitors. We head home a
little fitter and inspired, often with a new cutting or garden tip.
2nd and 5th Mondays
2 to 4 pm
Meet at members' gardens by turn.
(If the 2nd Monday is a public holiday, the garden team often meets on the 4th Monday.)
Convenor and contact details
0418 621 764
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