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Colourful and hardy Geraniums survive the worst of gardeners
According to the gardening experts, August is the perfect time to start preparing the garden for the coming months. It's an "in-between" month: winter is drawing to a close, and spring is just around the corner. I know, it doesn't seem like that at the moment, does it?
Experts agree that the top 5 things to do in the garden during August are:
Plant shrubs and flowers
Attract birds with native plants
As someone renown for a lack of green thumbs, I keep my gardening exploits simple: pots of herbs and Geraniums. Geraniums are low maintenance and can be planted in the ground or in hanging pots, climbing up a trellis or in pots on balconies and verandahs. Their thick green leaves and vividly coloured flowers brighten any garden, and their most appealing tribute is that they are hardy. Even I can keep Geraniums in the land of the living.
The Friends of Geranium and Pelargonium Society of Brisbane are holding two events to encourage new gardeners and the experienced alike.
Saturday 6th August is Bring A Friend Day, where for the donation of a gold coin, you will be able to chat with other Geranium lovers and learn the tricks of the trade.
Elspeth from the Queensland Herb Society will be the guest speaker on the day, so bring along some cut herbs (about 10-15cm long) to be used in posies, especially scented Geraniums and whatever flowers you may have on hand.
Afternoon tea will be available for purchase, so this meeting is sure to be social as well as gaining new skills.
Meeting opens at 1pm and closes at 3:30 pm.
The following month, on Saturday 3rd of September, is the club's Big Plant Sale, which will feature a variety of Geraniums of all shapes, sizes and colours. Add this one to your must do list if you are serious about adding some of these beauties to your own little paradise.
The sale commences at 9 am and runs through till 3pm and there will be guest speakers who will be sharing their expertise and knowledge. Entry is once again by way of a gold coin donation. Coffee, tea and scones will be available for purchase in order to up your stamina between stalls.
The Friends of Geranium and Pelargonium Society of Brisbane meet at Peace Hall at 102 McDonald Road, Windsor, near Albion Railway Station.
Here are some reasons to encourage an interest in Geraniums:
Some of the flowers from scented Geraniums are edible. Thanks to the essential oils in their leaves, they lend not only decorative touches but also a fine aroma to meat dishes, salads and desserts.
Rose Geranium can be used to make a delicious jam. Wouldn't that be impressive when you next served scones?
Some Geraniums are a natural insect repellant
Geranium leaves make a fine tea.
My own specimens.
Time to get back into the garden, friends.
If you have any enquiries about these special events contact Tracy on 0427380557.
Elspeth is a lovely lady and Posies were also made at the Queensland Herb Day back in May. The Queensland Herb Society is a wonderful and informative association which I am a member and Elspeth is President. Some fun events in your article.