March 31, 2012

Working bee #1

Fortified with delicious fresh baked anzac biscuits and date scones, Matt, Kitty, Judith, Jane, Geoff and Joy tackled the fishbone fern and ivy in the Friends' bed.  Amazing progress was made - a huge swathe of fbf and chunks of very-determined-to-stay ivy were removed.  Geoff and Jane lifted 5 clusters of amaryllis belladona bulbs - the bulbs were huge.  These are being kept to be replanted once the irrigation has been completed.

This ghastly grey sand was once covered with fbf and ivy.  The clump in the middle is a bromeliad - it will be lifted and denuded of fbf before being replanted.  It's impossible to get the fbf out otherwise.

The next working bee is Saturday 14 April, 10am - 1pm. Sustaining refreshments available again!

The circular succulent beds have had some autumn/winter color added - the scoria was replenished and the gardeners have planted cyclamen and pansies. Looks good.

March 22, 2012

Members' meeting

Meeting and update of activities in the St Kilda Botanical Gardens - a lot has been happening in the Gardens over the past year, and a lot more is going to happen over the coming year. So we thought it might be a nice idea to get together - to meet fellow members, hear about what's going on in the Gardens both from the Friends' perspective and Council's, and learn some more about forthcoming working bees in the Friends' bed (the mornings of Saturday 31 March and Saturday 14 April).

We've chosen The Grosvenor Hotel because the food's great, the grog's interesting and the meeting area has a lovely ambiance. There's no cost to attend, but you'll be able to buy your own meal and/or drinks.

Date: Thursday 29 March 2012
Time: 7.00 pm eat/drink; 8.00 pm meeting
Venue: The Grosvenor Hotel, 10 Brighton Road, St Kilda
RSVP: by Wednesday 28 March.

Look forward to seeing you there!

March 21, 2012

New shadecloth for the glasshouse

The new shadecloth has been installed on the "eastern" glasshouse and the winders on the "western" have been repaired.  The Glasshouse Company has done a great job - again (they installed the first lot of shadecloth many many years ago).

First five pics taken by Geoff Parr-Smith, early in the week. Rest taken today as the work was finished.

With the eastern glasshouse now covered it has the potential to become productive - for the first time in over a decade.  Summer heat has always been a killer, as the temperature in the glasshouse could hit the high 30sC-low 40sC - very not good for plants or for humans.

Do come by and admire our new acquisition!

March 18, 2012


We were fortunate to have a letter published in the March issue of Gardening Australia - and won $50 worth of Seasol products.  A tasty outcome for all our plants!

March 17, 2012

An almost perfect day

Nostalgia crept in today - warm blue skies and just a hint of the coolth of autumn.  Ruined by the ghastly sound of screaming jets flying low overhead.

The plants growing in the pond are becoming luxuriant and most attractive. The water hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus), Japanese iris and papyrus have created much attention.  A list of all the pond plants will be posted shortly.

 An only-just living sculpture - the plant, not the man.
 The little black spot is a jet on it's third scare-mongering flight.  Click on the pic and enlarge - you can see the jet and its vapour trails.  Hard photo to take given the speed of the aircraft.

March 16, 2012

Rainman is back

Rainman has been reinstated in the pond.  One of the Friends (of the St Kilda Botanical Gardens - not the religious friends) was so excited to see him back and raining in the sunlight that she completely missed the gorgeous flowering plants in the pond. This pic was taken on an overcast day - another to come when it's sunshiny and rain is pouring from the umbrella.  Can you tell the difference between the original and the amended sculpture?
 Art?  Comment? 

March 4, 2012

It wasn't even a dark and stormy night

We'd had heavy rains and some wind, when this beautiful tree decided to shed the odd unnecessary? huge branch.  It was an eery sound - just a quiet whump as the branch fell onto the undergrowth below.