Club share’s in fair spoils

Midwest Times - - NEWS - To share your Ger­ald­ton gar­den with read­ers, call Stan Ma­ley on 0428 230 029. Stan Ma­ley

Spring Fair in the foothills of the Moresby ranges was the scene in the gar­den of Pat Ber­ming­ham,

Pat is a mem­ber of Ron­nie’s gar­den club and twice a year she puts on an event to raise funds for the cac­tus group and the club.

“She usu­ally puts on Christ­mas in July as one of her events,” Veron­ica Mor­ris ex­plained to me. “But this year Pat de­cided to have a spring fair. She did all the cater­ing and then mem­bers and friends helped set it up.”

All the things you would ex­pect in a spring fair were ev­i­dent in Pat’s gar­den that day – a large bas­ket of do­nated good­ies was the main raf­fle item.

“There is a prize for the ladies’ hat and for the men’s hat,” Veron­ica said.

Hats of all de­scrip­tion were to be seen, fea­tur­ing of course, flow­ers and gar­den items.

We half ex­pected to see Kate and Wil­liam (roy­alty) ar­rive! But that was not to be to­day.

We vis­ited Pat’s gar­den sev­eral years ago and it is in­ter­est­ing to go back and see how she has nur­tured and shaped it and see how much growth has taken place.

It has been care­fully trimmed and cared for and the re­sult is wor­thy of a Spring Fair, even for roy­alty. Veron­ica’s (Ron­nie’s) gar­den club has gone from strength-to-strength and I re­mem­ber meet­ing with her when she first ar­rived from the Pil­bara to live in Ger­ald­ton.

It was then she told the story of how she brought with her frangi­pa­nis and when all the leaves fell off she thought they had died.

But not so, just the change of cli­mate. She also has a large col­lec­tion of bromeli­ads as some of her most favoured plants.

Spring is in the air, the days are still mild and bits of rain have come and gone, most of the farm­ers in WA have en­joyed a rea­son­able to good sea­son.

But now the thought of sum­mer is again loom­ing – hot days, strong sea breezes, all things which will test our gar­den­ing skills in the months ahead.

Shade and wind breaks are the or­der of the day in a home gar­den. Good time to plant cap­sicums, chill­ies, egg plants, to­ma­toes and straw­ber­ries.

Straw­ber­ries need eight hours of sun­shine a day, a slightly acid soil and fre­quent wa­ter­ing and the soil should be made up of good loam, well-rot­ted an­i­mal ma­nure, com­post and trace el­e­ments.

Veron­ica Mor­ris and Pat Ber­ming­ham.

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