Note the blue-eared honeyeater feasts on a Dorothy Gordon grevillea.
Note the blue-eared honeyeater feasts on a Dorothy Gordon grevillea. CONTRIBUTED

An attractive addition that flowers continually

WE CERTAINLY hope everyone enjoyed that spring-in-July weather.

It's cooled off considerably since then, but is still far better than the poor folk in southern states.

Many colourful plants attracting everyone at this time belong to the grevillea family that is really making a meal of the beautiful weather we've been enjoying.

Among those flowering well are G. Ivory Whip with its masses of ivory white flowers and very soft light pink in the centre. It grows about 1.5m tall and wide, and householders find it flowers year-round.

A popular form is Grevillea Honey Gem featuring golden flowers, and a more recent introduction is Dorothy Gordon with lovely pink loops emerging from velvety burgundy flowers that blend beautifully with the silvery grey foliage.

Again, these flower constantly, and the latter never seems to be free of the blue-eared honeyeater birds that would dive into the nectar if they could.

The very interesting background to Dorothy Gordon is that some of the people connected with finding, breeding and developing this lovely recent grevillea include the late Colin Campbell, noted Blackall Range artist Nita Lester, and Ed Bunker, of Redlands Nurser.

So from our personal level, it's a must for our garden.

I'm sure many readers will have the first of the Gordon series, Robyn Gordon, followed by her two sisters - and all daughters of Dorothy.

You can't get much more connected than that, can you?

In the vegie patch

WITH our ideal gardening climate, this is a good time to start growing your tomatoes for the coming season, and there are many good ones available in seed form to make you extra proud of your vegie patch.

So how about starting by filling the necessary number of punnets with some Yates seed-raising mix, and sow the seeds about 0.5cm deep.

Keep them moist but not wet, and grow them on your window sill.

Choose from varieties including Roma, Small Fry, Improved Apollo and Patio, and when they've reached about 6-7cm tall, plant them out.

Orchid show

SOME great news for all of us is the open garden we'll have the opportunity to enjoy on the weekend of September 10-12 between 9.30am and 4.30pm daily.

Orchid Grove is the award-winning garden of Chris and Angel O'Dempsey at 17 Barkston Court, Buderim, and as usual, this will prove to be one of the most popular open garden events of the year.

This couple has a delightful garden with so much to see, and all money raised goes to the Medical Ambulance Boat project.

They built and delivered the very first ambulance to Vietnam's Mekong Delta last December. It services many poor families in remote regions as well as hundreds of poor children in Central Vietnam.

More about this open garden shortly.

Plant fair

WITH Father's Day just a month away, we thought you may be interested in the Plant Fair that will be held in Noosa Botanic Gardens in Lake Macdonald Drive, Lake Macdonald, on Sunday, September 4, between 9am and 3pm.

Everyone is invited for flowers, fun and food, as well as guest speakers Paul Plant, Arno King and others.

And everyone is bound to enjoy the classic cars.

Entry is free, so see you there.

Hurry, hurry

FRIENDS of Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens - together with Native Plants Sunshine Coast and the support of the Sunshine Coast Council - are holding their Natives Naturally for Your Garden this weekend.

And today you can visit this free community event at the Arts and Ecology Centre in MBBG, in Palm Creek Road, Tanawha, between 10am and 3pm.

As many people are aware, the MBBG is an exclusively native plant garden, containing only species from our region, and there are so many different varieties including very colourful ones that are most attractive to butterflies as well as humans.

If you'd like more information, go to www.friendsofmaroochybotanicgardens.org.au


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