Spring orchids fascinate
Leichhardt Club enjoys garden day
LEICHHARDT Club members spent a wonderful day exploring the garden at “Balclarris”, the home of Donald and Margy Joyce.
The property is situated about 35km east of Taroom.
The house is surrounded by a beautiful established garden with large expanses of lawn and many shady trees.
Garden beds are full of masses of various coloured flowers as well as plants grown for their colourful leaves or a particular growth habit.
The most unusual thing in Margy’s garden is a massive gum stump which has been cut off and turned upside down.
It has been mass planted with mainly orchids and some bromeliads, creating a real showpiece.
The day was all about orchids.
Guest speaker was Rob Gillies from Brisbane.
He gave members tips on the best species to grow in our area, along with the most successful ways and places to establish them.
Some of the orchids he suggested we try are king orchids, Sydney rock orchids, ground orchids, lily of the valley orchid, dagger orchid, bush orchid, Cooktown orchid and vanda tri-colour or swamp orchid. Orchids love lots of sun. For our area Rob suggested somewhere that got plenty of sun till around noon then dappled sunlight in the afternoon.
They also love high humidity and one of the best ways to create it is to grow your orchids in stumps.
Good air movement and shelter from strong winds is also important.
Rob also demonstrated how to divide your plants and the various ways to pot them up.
Thank you Rob for coming out and being so free with your wealth of knowledge on orchids.
Rob donated a beautiful orchid for the raffle.
It was won by Erica Perrett.
Pat Welsh won the lucky door prize.
The last meeting for the year is the club’s Christmas break up and will be held at Ivy Speed’s garden at North Burradoo on November 14.
Please note that this is the second Wednesday of the month.
Watch your email and social media for information about what to bring on the day.
Looking forward to seeing you all there in high Christmas spirits!
Hopefully we have all had some lovely rain by then.
DAY IN THE SUN: Christine Gall, Erica Perrett and Margy Joyce explore the Balclarris garden.