Time to get out and enjoy other gardens

DESPITE the difficult spring, with hugely varying temperatures and rainfall, the petunias are in, the early flowering shrubs have been pruned and it is a time for relaxation.

Banksia “Birthday Candles” at the Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens.

Banksia “Birthday Candles” at the Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens.

So what if a few weeds appear over the next couple of months?

It is the time of family reunions and showing off your garden to one and all.

It’s always especially heartening to look back at photos taken of a new garden started a few years previously.

It is also a good time to look at other gardens, our own Botanical Gardens for instance, or the Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens, seven kilometres south of Batemans Bay on the Princes Highway, just before Mogo.

An interesting inhabitant of the Botanic Gardens.

An interesting inhabitant of the Botanic Gardens.

The kids will never get bored with the adventure trails, or the new playground equipment, much of which cannot be found anywhere else in Australia. It’s open Wednesday-Sunday and every day during school holidays.

The flower displays are quite something and the Rotary Mobility Trail has been especially designed for easy access for those with disabilities. Combine this with a visit to the famous Mogo Zoo only a few kilometres away.

Corymbia “Southern Beauty” in Mogo.

Corymbia “Southern Beauty” in Mogo.

AND while you are away:

  • Have someone check your garden and house.
  • If you have an automatic watering system, recognise that things can go wrong, so this needs checking.
  • If you have lots of potted plants, these will need watering every couple of days.
  • Make sure all the garden tools are securely locked away.
  • Indoor plants can be put in the bath or laundry tub (with an old towel under the pots to prevent scratching) and fill with a few centimetres of water.

FINALLY, for that last-minute present, how about a gift voucher from your local garden centre (I also have them available for garden advice, call me on 6241 8752) or a copy of “The Canberra Gardener”, available from newsagents and bookshops, especially for those moving into a new home?

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