What an exceptionally wonderful get together despite the heat. Bringing together the Dayboro and Surrounds Garden group with our own Brisbane Local Food members. About 36 people by one count (they kept moving!).
We would like to sincerely thank Lynn and Wayne, Mary-Ann and Colin for making us all so welcome and showing us their beautiful, very different from each other, gardens.
Also a big thank you to Anne (The Micro Gardener) Gibson for giving an informative talk on soil health - how to achieve it and how it affects our own health.
Lynn and Wayne's garden is on a suburban block in Dayboro township with many different fruiting trees, vege beds, herb gardens, chooks and a beautiful English country garden atmosphere in the front yard.
I apologise - at some point I develop a smear on my camera lens.
Morning tea and swap goodies in the shed.
Robyn from the Dayboro group enjoys some the delicious Kumquat cordial drink made by Lynn.
Looking down the drive from the shed to the back of the house. The orchard is on the right. Water flow is a bit of a problem during heavy down pours and they have solved it simply with a row of bricks to divert the flow.
Lynn has some beautiful speckled hens (someone will remember the breed and tell me I'm sure!). When they get clucky she sources some fertile eggs locally for them to hatch.
Beautiful bed of mixed flowers and veg provided Roz with some geranium cuttings.
Grow tunnel made from recycled materials.
Wayne showing some of the group through the business end of the tunnel.
The lush gardens were a mix of flowers, herbs, veg and fruiting plants.
Potatoes in grow bags.
Raised beds full of healthy herbs.
Raised beds growing sweet potatoes down the side of the house.
The front yard was a beautiful mass of flowering plants and fruiting trees, including a coffee tree which has provided enough fruit to create some drinks.
This stunning white flowering plant is a Perennial Cleome. Lynn has offered a few thousand seed to anyone who wants some....but be aware, it has spikes.
A couple of shy lads, Mahesa and Steve. They jumped in front of the camera and struck a pose where others kept running away!
ON TO OUR LUNCH VENUE.
Hard to believe Mary-Ann and Collin only moved into their beautiful hilltop acreage property in King Scrub only in May last year. They have achieved so much in such a short time.
Front of the house.
And some of the views from the front verandah.
Lunch was truly stupendous with a gourmet variety of salads brought by everyone and I think six varieties of GF sausages made by the local butcher. Cooked by Colin and Mary-Ann.
After lunch Anne (Gibson "The Micro Gardener") gets passionate about how to achieve soil health and why it is so important to our own health.
Giant chook run made from recycled materials with pineapple and strawberry bed below. The pineapple heads are sourced from Lawnton Country Market fruit shop. Mary-Ann knows they keep a stash under the counter!
Walking through the newly established orchard which has a large variety of interesting fruiting plants.
Chilacoyotes - a relative of the choko!
Tromboncino caught in the fence.
Propagation area. That large white structure in the background is a massive rainwater tank - I think Mary-Ann mentioned 250,000lt which took 9mths to fill.
Colin showing off his liquid manure tubs filled with a mix of cow poo, molasses and other goodies. Road kill was suggested and denied.
View at the back. Note the cows off in the distance.
And last of all two pretty little soft eyed cows called.......Steak and Mince.
A big thank you to everyone who came and supported the day. Apart from the heat it was a wonderful, happy day to get together with like minded friends.
Great reports Lissa! I will make a separate one for my version of Mary-Ann and Colin's visit otherwise when people go to comment, there is too much to load especially for slow connections. Will link back to this report.
Had a wonderful day and want to thank our very friendly hosts Lynn and Mary-Ann. I would also like to thank Ann for her inspirational talk, now I just have to put the info into practice. I have come home with lots of cuttings and look forward to getting them in my garden - lets hope the green finger in on duty not the brown. This is the first time I have been to the Dayboro area and was duly impressed, such wonderful scenery and cute town, I will be visiting again to explore the shops.
Awesome gardens at both places. Both those tunnels are real neat setups. Looking forward for the revisit GVs sometime in the future.
The views from your place Mary-Ann and Colin are spectacular.
Great garden visits at both places. Thanks to all involved. It was good to also meet some of the Dayboro gardening fraternity. The food and hospitality was outstanding.
It will be interesting to see how the gardens develop over time. I suspect that Wayne and Lynn will need to get a good chainsaw, if the rate of growth continues unabated.
Colin and Mary-Anne will have their hands full in looking after everything once the trees really get going. By the way, do you know how big the Bunya Pine on the driveway is likely to get? On my impoverished soil I have some very large Bunyas. and they drop their deadly nut cases from a great height. Ouch!
A local genius posted a sign on a Bunya nut tree's trunk. I couldn't read the sign so got out of the car to see what it said: 'Danger. Falling Nuts'.
Suspect the chooks at Lynn's are a gold-laced and silver-laced Wyandottes.
Oh dear, 'steak' and 'mince' ... like the poddy lambs called 'chop' and 'mint sauce'.
That sounds like the name bandied about Elaine, thank you.
Yes. Bit sad to look at those pretty cows and know their future...says this dedicated meat eater.
Can't remember whose place it was but either Lynn or Mary-Ann had a tree which someone told me was a cherry that tasted like a strawberry - can someone tell me what its name is please
Sorry Cheryl I can't help with this one. Maybe someone else will remember.