Saturday 12 October 2019

Japanese Garden Working Bee

Our pre-Hanami Party Japanese Garden Working Bee was held on Sunday 13th October with a number of tasks completed by a small but hard-working group of committee members and friends.

The purple flowers of the rhododendron always look spectacular!
A bamboo screen to cover the hose reel.

Earlier this year Brendan Curtis from the Melbourne Zoo visited our garden and made a number of recommendations. Some of these have already been undertaken but many were completed during our working bee.

These included upgrading the galvanized edging between the white pebbles and the garden beds, trimming and dead-heading the many flowering bushes and trees, mulching the garden beds, fertilizing and feeding the plants, shrubs and trees, as well as some general weeding, raking and tidying.

The new edging looks schmick!
The raised edging should provide an improved barrier.

A huge thank you to our crew who included FSFA Chairperson Julie D'Arcy and her partner Tim who provided much needed gardening expertise and a trip to Bunnings for another 7 bags of mulch, Vice-Chairperson Simon Hast, our great friend Ralph Halnon who travels from Newport to attend our meetings and working bees, Adrian Thomas, and Bev Hannan and Vic Webster who supplied a delicious morning tea of coffees, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Tim Tams! These were very much appreciated.

Julie, Simon, Ralph, Adrian, Tim and Vic enjoying morning tea.

I hope the results of our hard work are adequately portrayed in the photos included in this report.

The many azaleas and other plants have been trimmed and dead flowers removed.

Our 2019 Hanami Party will be held next Sunday 20 October commencing at 12 noon and we hope that many of our FSFA friends will be able to join us to enjoy and admire our Japanese Garden. Parking will be available in the Overport Primary School carpark - the entrance is opposite the Frankston South Leisure Centre on Towerhill Road.

Future planting of mondo grass will enhance this area.
The blossoms have started, but should peak by our Hanami Party!