Club share’s in fair spoils
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.