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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 GayleD on August 11, 2019 at 15:34

For those asking about the shrub at the top of the driveway - it is an 

Eremophila oppositifolia "Moonlight" white form of the oppositifolia emu bush

Comment by Dianne Caswell on August 11, 2019 at 8:20

 I was joking yesterday when I put the little note in about Graham driving, he is really very sick with the Flu and apart from him not being able to drive as the doctor gave him more medication yesterday, we don't want to run the risk of giving this to anyone.

So have a great time everyone and we will see you on Susan's Patch next month.  

Comment by GayleD on August 11, 2019 at 8:11

It's a bit windy here today but the place we sit under the deck is sheltered and sunny.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 10, 2019 at 18:47

After Gayle's visit, anyone who wants Kumquats is welcome to travel the 2 minute journey to my place to gather them.  Pick as many as you'd like to take.  

Comment by Dianne Caswell on August 10, 2019 at 8:08

Good Morning Everyone,

Though I don't know if I really needed too, as most of you know your way to GayleD's House, I have just sent it through to you, please if you did not receive it than you may need to update your page on BLF as these messages use the email you joined with. Please message me on 0407691485 if you get into any trouble.

See you tomorrow (if Graham can stop coughing long enough to drive the car).. Cheers..Dianne

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 9, 2019 at 21:47

Worry not mate. 

Comment by GayleD on August 9, 2019 at 21:44

Sorry Andy - long day

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 9, 2019 at 21:30

There are days when I fear my comedic genius is lost on you folks 

Comment by GayleD on August 9, 2019 at 21:01

"Yes, alright Gayle, I'll bring your purse back too.  Um... does it matter if there's money in it anymore?"

Purse? Am I missing something?

Although if Elaine remembers to bring my glasses in the bright orange case that would be great.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 9, 2019 at 20:08

Oh my giddy aunt!  Thanks so much Sid.  I can't wait to see Elaine!  

Valerie - Cranberry is dead.  Rooted (so to speak).  HOWEVER, I have one tiny (very) plant that I will bring for you in a pot.  It should make it with some love. I'm guessing a few more will jump up in the next few months as it warms up. 

Dianne, I will have your coffee table top.  

Chista and Ian, I will have your chair. 

Awww - come on you folks!  Ya making me look like a Gypsy.  What?  Yes, alright Gayle, I'll bring your purse back too.  Um... does it matter if there's money in it anymore?  

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