Spring or­chids fas­ci­nate

Le­ich­hardt Club en­joys gar­den day

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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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED.

DAY IN THE SUN: Chris­tine Gall, Erica Per­rett and Margy Joyce ex­plore the Balclar­ris gar­den.

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