Menu
Lifestyle

Gympie couple's fantastic garden on display ahead of expo

HOSTS: Horticultural society meeting hosts Len and Dawn Treeby (left) with Val Quinn and Lyn Day.
HOSTS: Horticultural society meeting hosts Len and Dawn Treeby (left) with Val Quinn and Lyn Day.

LEN and Dawn Treeby wowed fellow members of the Gympie Municipal Horticultural Society with their spectacular Gympie garden last Saturday.

The 1.4 hectare Chatsworth block, which incorporates different "rooms" and boasts fruit trees, natives and decorative gardens, was cleverly designed by the owners.

Everyone was assured that their garden looks miserable during winter as they get severe frosts but it soon picks up.

MATES: Bruce Drummond and Keith Fall.
MATES: Bruce Drummond and Keith Fall.

Guest speaker Bernard Yorke introduced members to the beauty of begonias which, he said, was an excellent choice for those looking to add colour and interest to their garden.

Begonias grow underneath trees where it is often difficult to get any colour.

For successful begonias, gardeners should address the following:

  • Must be planted in partial shade with protection from strong wind;
  • Well-drained soil - keep soil moist not soggy - remove water from trays immediately after watering and apply fertiliser when necessary;
  • Remove dead flowers, leaves and stems frequently. Prune regularly.
  • Protect from frost and provide adequate ventilation.
DAY OUT: Joy and Bruce Priddy in the Treeby garden.
DAY OUT: Joy and Bruce Priddy in the Treeby garden.

Begonias, which are closely related to melons, cucumbers and pumpkins which are native to South and Central America, Africa and South Asia, are succulent-like plants that store moisture in their stems.

This means they can survive extended dry periods, and are quite waterwise in the garden.

The most popular types of begonia have red, white, pink, yellow, orange and scarlet-coloured flowers, and these are either male or female flowers that occur separately on the same plant.

GREEN THUMBS: Lesley Notley and Betty Cockburn.
GREEN THUMBS: Lesley Notley and Betty Cockburn.

How can you propagate begonias?

Firstly by cuttings or seeds.

When the dry, winged capsule splits lengthwise it releases a large number of miniature seeds closely resembling dust particles.

"So make sure you are not propagating on windy days," Bernard said.

"You'll be rewarded with begonias germinating in two to three weeks time.

"Plant three in a basket but on the edge and not in the middle."

Bernard told members to look closely at "this wonderful plant" and imagine what it could possibly have been used for in the past.

His answer was surprising.

"Polishing swords," he said.

GARDENERS: Gayle Robinson and Jan Daly.
GARDENERS: Gayle Robinson and Jan Daly.

GARDEN EXPO

GYMPIE Garden Expo will be held from 8am on Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3, at the Pavilion.

Entry is $5 for adults with children admitted free.

This is your chance to learn more about gardening from a number of gardening identities, including Tom Wyatt and Jerry Coleby-Williams, who will be happy to help solve your problems.

With 70 stallholders setting up for the weekend, there will be much to see and do.

Topics:  garden expo gardening

Gympie Times


Roadcraft boss calls for national 'safe' driver program

TOO MANY DEATHS: Crash investigators at the scene of a double fatality on the Bruce Highway two kilometres north of Tiaro. Gympie Roadcraft CEO Sharlene Makin is calling for a national driver education program on how to drive safely.

Gympie Roadcraft boss calls for a national program on safe driving

If you grew up in Wolvi, you know who this is...

An Olympic Torch for the 2000 Sydney Olympics holds pride of place amongst other precious memories for this Wolvi local legend.

Check out how this Wolvi community pillar spent this milestone.

Roadcraft CEO: Driver education reform needs to happen

Sharlene Markin CEO of Road Craft Gympie.

"We set people up to fail in front of their peers

Local Partners

Scorned fiancee traps star’s mistress

THE fiancee of football star Saido Berahino caught his lover at his home on Valentine’s Day, yelling: “Open the door you f***ing slag.”

‘This photo was taken the night before I escaped’

Judy Sharp with her two sons while she was still in the abusive relationship. Picture: Facebook/TimSharp

JUDY Sharp doesn’t find it easy to look at this photo of herself with her young...

premium_icon Our top 50 schools for OP scores

Brisbane Grammar School was the second best performing school in terms of OP scores. Picture: AAP/Josh Woning

Queensland’s top 50 schools for OP scores in 2017

Homeless drug addicted Rocky mum turns life around

FILE IMAGE

Her mother's terminal cancer diagnosis was the catalyst for change

Two boys impacted by organ donation join forces

KICKING GOALS: Liver recipient, 11-year-old, Max Bishop from Ipswich and organ donor James Ackerman's six-year-old son Ollie from the Sunshine Coast, walked out together to deliver the match ball for the Bulldogs v Raiders match.

Son of organ donor and a footy-fanatic recipient join together

Parents in favour of new vaccination laws

VAX LAWS: North Coast Health District officials are hoping new vaccination laws which prevent children not yet immunised from attending day care will persuade parents to protect their youngsters.

Children's lives saved through vaccination laws

How to add to your family in the sweetest way possible

How could you possibly say 'no' to that face?  Meet Bounty and nine other Gympie RSPCA orphans looking for homes.

Check out these adorable orphans needing your love at Gympie RSPCA