Spring Update 2017

We’re in a wild and windy start to spring. 25 degrees one day and snow flurries the next. Spring bursts through with every new bud, leaf and flower. Where’s mayhem at the Sydney airport, with planes unable to land. Up here in the gardens, the gardens have weathered conditions without any giant tree falls so far.

Hot sun followed by strong winds strip moisture from plants and soil alike.We do observe some petals turning brown at the edges and falling off quickly.  Is it sun damage, or wind?

Did the bees and other pollinators get into them or were they, like planes in Sydney been grounded?  We’ll look for signs of pollination in the coming weeks.

Blue mountains community gardens katoombaToday the breezes are mild, blossom flowers dance in our sharp bright sunlight. A perfect backdrop! Sarah fills up watering cans to haul up to the northern gardens, to replenish them after hot and dry conditions.
Blue mountains community gardens katoomba

Let’s give the garlic a drink!

Getting water to plants at the north end of the garden has always been a hard slog here. Jed’s working on putting in a small structure to collect water, so eventually, gardeners won’t have to do the hard yards anymore.
Blue mountains community gardens katoomba

Spring blows in new flows of people to the gardens. Today, Tanya, works with Blue Mountains City Council, stopped by to say hello to garden volunteers. She’s pictured here with Fred and Sarah at the tea shed. Tanya’s joined Landcare for the Blue Mountains working with Eric Mahoney. Tanya worked with community gardens in Hornsby before moving to the mountains. We hear there’s a lovely community garden there. Perhaps worth a visit one day.

Tanya Sarah Fred

If you’d like to join in gardening activities or join us for a cuppa, come along on Friday morning. We’d be glad to see you there.

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