Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Preparing for an Autumn Garden; Garden Gnome DOT CRANE Tells Us It's Time for Roses and Bulbs

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Preparing for an Autumn Garden; Garden Gnome DOT CRANE Tells Us It's Time for Roses and Bulbs

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AUTUMN has arrived with dry times and heat more attuned to January. Gardens will be looking forward to some cooler weather. Save autumn chores like pruning until cooler days arrive. It is time to read bulb catalogues, rose catalogues and other such information.

It is a time of golden blooms. Golden autumn bulbs like lycoris and golden orchids. The lycoris is a bulb from China and Japan. In Japan they are often close by rice fields and flower wonderfully well. Lycoris although hard to distinguish from nerines is not related to them. This bulb flowers before the foliage appears. It does well in our climate. Bearded Iris are also in bloom. They have outstanding shape and colour range including yellow.

A golden orchid is the stanhopea or the orchid that flowers from the base of its fibre- lined hanging pot. There are perhaps eight different ones available for us to grow readily but this one has a lovely flower colour. Care needs to be taken as the bud takes some time to finally flower so have it securely hung under a tree. It is very hardy.

Another golden orchid is the colmara. This year our orchid is of amazing size. Once again it is a very easy orchid to grow. It takes some time to bloom from bud but then lasts some time.

Also in golden bloom is the penda - a tree from Queensland. The birds love this one. There are many variations in this one but the tree commonly used as a street tree can be pruned to shape and size.

Many bromeliads flower golden spears. They look wonderful over a three month period. Crotons have golden colour in their foliage. Some are speckled with gold.

Gold is the colour of the money needed to build the Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge. This week publicity indicates the huge cost of a rather cumbersome timber piece of art. It in no way reminds me of a favourite tree with its strong Queensland history that has sadly been poisoned. One wonders if the perpetrator will take offence again at this expensive 'new tree'.

Gold is the colour of the generous donation made by Open Garden Scheme Australia under the stewardship of Tamie Fraser to the fires and floods of our sometimes harsh country. …

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