Kangaroo Island Garden Club - August and September reports

BEAUT FLOWERS: Maureen Hill, Trish Dunn and Carolyn Dixon admire the beautiful Mesembryanthemum Lindy and Darky Bruces' garden.
BEAUT FLOWERS: Maureen Hill, Trish Dunn and Carolyn Dixon admire the beautiful Mesembryanthemum Lindy and Darky Bruces' garden.

August meeting report

We were so lucky! The weather was perfect.

There was a full house for lunch at the cafe at Frogs and Roses. After lunch more members joined us in an informal visit to Lindy and Darky Bruces' garden.

A spacious garden with large green expanses, well established garden beds, patches of brilliant colour, old lavender, areas of orange flowering mesembryanthemum, mature trees and shrubs and many newly planted areas indicating future promise.

We admired the edible tropical garden and the herb garden. Try lemon myrtle and bay leaves together for a good taste!

The Australian deciduous pine, not indigenous to Kangaroo Island, was showing brown foliage almost ready to drop. The branches will be bare until spring.

A brilliant red epacaris was much admired and much photographed. Near the house was a weeping gum, grafted on to about a 90cm stock. A horizontal wheel was held at that level. The branches spread up and over to the rim and then drooped down.

Cygnet River, with lovely old gums on its banks, flows around the property. The river supplies water in the warmer months but water has to be pumped out of low lying ground at other times.

During our visit we had tea, coffee and delicious slices. Thank-you, committee members.

We were able to give Veronica Bates $150 for the NRM bushfire bushfire appeal. Lindy was thanked and given a jar of Anne Morrison's homemade heavy duty hand moisturiser. - Joan Jenkins

September meeting report

We visited two gardens at Dover Farm and then lunched at Lenore and Stuart Boxer's home and two gardens at Kingscote.

The first visit was to Robert and Michelle Barrett's garden. Robert and Michelle have been there five years.

Lush green lawns and garden beds, with smart white edging. made from cement and crushed marl.

Other edgings were made with large rocks, in some of which were little hollows, forming natural bird baths. A lovely peaceful garden.

Next we went to Ros and Peter Byrne's garden. A large bush area with metal sculptures, trees and shrubs plus a cultivated area.

A high frame covered with shadecloth sheltered wicking beds for vegetables. IBC shuttles were cut in two, filled, raised on blocks and watered from below. An over flow pipe was placed low down.

Only shuttles that had carried acceptable liquids were used. No "round up" nor "zero" nor similar. The vegetables were magnificent!

Then lunch. We sat in shady protected area adjacent the house. The superlative chef, Stuart, barbecued sausages in his usual way. There were many plants to admire.

DONKEY EAR: Stuart and Ian Boxer with a Donkey Ear Kalanchoe.

DONKEY EAR: Stuart and Ian Boxer with a Donkey Ear Kalanchoe.

One interesting hanging pot contained Kalanchoe gastonis-Donkey Ear. Fast growing succulent ear shaped leaves hung down and a flower spike with buds grew up.

Erica Birks was our next hostess. She's been there since 1981, has written a book, had two jobs and has a large garden with shrubs, trees, large tidy lawns which she mows herself, and a very productive vegetable garden. She has brought in loads of earth and sheep manure.

Our last garden was Gen and Tony Jones' place. A large block with many birds, including glossy black cockies and also chooks.

There were long narrow garden beds for easy picking of flowers and foliage.

An interesting bush was Cuprosma Pacific Sunrise, which has chocolate brown foliage. A fig, grown from a cutting and an almond were doing well.

It was a very interesting day. Many of us are now brimful of new ideas!. Thank-you to all our pleasant and informative hostesses and hosts. - Joan Jenkins