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GARDEN VISIT - Gayle D's, Bridgeman Downs

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GARDEN VISIT - Gayle D's, Bridgeman Downs

Time: August 11, 2019 from 10am to 12pm
Location: Address will be sent closer event
Street: Address Sent Sat 10th, 8.05am
City/Town: Bridgeman Downs
Phone: 0407691485
Event Type: free garden visit
Organized By: Dianne
Latest Activity: Aug 11, 2019

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SUNDAY Sunday 11th August 10.00am TO 12.00pm

The address will be sent closer the date. The address is always sent to your email you signed up with, if it is different you will need to change it in your profile

A Message from Gayle...Gayle

For those who haven’t been before, this is a mainly flat cut-and-fill suburban block with a short steep driveway, although now there is an alternate route if you find walking up slopes difficult. Street parking. The garden is not fenced so if you bring small children, you’ll need to watch them.

The verge and the garden are ongoing experiments with lots of microclimates. And various places to sit and observe and ponder.

 The front gardens (south-facing) are mainly native plants providing habitat for birds, lizards, bees, butterflies, etc who are all my unpaid workers - or maybe they think I am their unpaid worker. There's also a new salad garden in a puddle of sunlight there.

 Food-wise there are a couple of different citrus trees, avocado (I am hoping that this is the year of the avocado), nectarine, berries, fig. Eggplant, salad greens, spring onions, and cherry tomatoes - which are what we consider staples. Various herbs. Peas, beans coming on. Other seedlings not long gone in. I have lots of perpetual leeks (originally from Elaine) if anyone wants some.

 Multiple worm farms of different designs, ponds for the insects, and birdbaths for the little birds (fairy wrens, honey eaters, willy wagtail). The area where the palm trees were is steadily being reclaimed for food growing.

 I'm still testing possible solutions for the wind tunnel along the west side of the house that also gets blasted by the summer sun.

 The bees have settled in well and their shady spot in summer gets reflected sunlight in the winter. Perfect location - what luck!

 After getting rid of the very last piece of grass early this year, I was tempted by the Nara native turf at the Nambour Garden Show and now have some "mini-lawns" perfect for stroking the grass.

 Otherwise the garden thinks it's spring - but still very dry. Wattles are stunning and buzzing with bees.

Children welcome but must be supervised by parents at all times.

Please bring a small plate of food or drink to share and any plants, produce or seed that you would like to share, swap or sell.

It is always a good idea to bring along a chair as we do sometimes have more visitors than chairs available at GV gardens.

RSVP required so that the address can be sent to you closer to the date. The email address you nominated when you joined will be used. Please update this if it has changed.

Late attendees welcome. Message Dianne or phone 0407691485 on the day for the address.


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Comment by Valerie on August 9, 2019 at 11:28

Andy, Could you bring me a cutting of your cranberry hibiscus please? I am bringing cucumber and cuccamelon seedlings (if they survive ;-). Does anybody want sweet potato cuttings? The orange or the white type.

Comment by Sid Saghe on August 9, 2019 at 8:56

No worries, we'll just time how long it takes to get there to make sure to get you both home in time.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on August 8, 2019 at 15:43

OK Sid, I'll walk over to the nursing home at number 11 Stamp Street and Elaine and I will be ready by 9.30am :-). BUT will it be possible for us to return to the nursing home BY 11.45am? Doubt they'll wait lunch for us and they serve lunch by midday.

Comment by Sid Saghe on August 8, 2019 at 14:14

Approximately 9 30 should get us there in time?

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on August 8, 2019 at 10:22

Sounds good! I'll check with Elaine if she wants to come too (she's living at the nursing home across the road). Pick up time?

Comment by Sid Saghe on August 8, 2019 at 8:50

Elaine, would you like me to pick you up and drop you off for this garden visit?

Comment by Dianne Caswell on August 6, 2019 at 9:36

Hi All, I have just updated EVENT with Gayle's profile of her garden...Hope to see a good roll up on Sunday, I hope to crack open a couple of cheeses on Sunday..Dianne

Comment by Cathie MacLean on August 5, 2019 at 21:29

Sorry I can't make it to the visit. My nephew's wedding this weekend and am very involved with family coming to Brisbane for it. Have a lovely gathering. 

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