Saturday 1 October 2022

Japanese Garden Working Bee - October 2022

Our Japanese Garden working bee was planned many months ago with the expectation that the Susono delegation would be arriving later this week for their visit and the Japanese Festival. The festival was to be held at Frankston High School's senior campus with our Japanese Garden to be a feature of the day's activities. With both the delegation visit and the Japanese Festival postponed it was decided to still hold the working bee to prepare the garden for our Hanami Party which will be held on Sunday 23rd October - just 3 weeks away.

The purple rhododendron has plenty of buds ready to flower

Members of the FSFA committee who were able to attend met shortly after 9 a.m. with a range of tasks undertaken including dead heading and trimming the many azalea shrubs, along with some weeding, raking and general tidying in the garden. It was also an opportunity to water and fertilize to help with the anticipated spring growth.

The pink cherry blossoms are starting to emerge

The garden appears to be in good order with plenty of colorful flowers, the start of the cherry blossoms and the stunning red maple the showpiece of the garden. The rhododendrons have plenty of buds ready to burst into full boom with their spectacular purple and pink flowers - the coming weeks should produce quite a show. The mondo grass is doing well but still not back to the pre-drought era of lush growth - a work in progress!

All 3 cherry trees should be in full flower at our Hanami Party

Thank you to Julie, Sam, Adrian, and Helen for their help in the garden and also Bev & Vic for delivering a delicious morning tea.

The spectacular red colours of the Japanese maple