Midcoast Garden Friends members enjoyed wandering around the gardens of ‘Windsong’ at Beechwood for their September meeting.
Owners Phil and Jen Lucey shared stories of the challenges they have faced and their ultimate successes in creating the beautiful garden.
After eight years, the garden has been totally re-modelled and now includes a covered ‘roo-proof’ area containing raised vegetable beds, a shade house full of bromeliads and many garden beds speckled with colourful ornaments and sculptures.
The front gardens of Windsong include two magnificent grass trees (xanthorrhoea sp.) with their tall spikes ready to burst into flower, and a ponytail plant (beaucarnea recurvata) with a base more than a metre across.
Garden club members were invited to take cuttings as they walked around the garden in exchange for a cutting brought from their own garden.
A lively ‘swap-fest’ ensued with members also trading cuttings amongst themselves.
Popular plants included a veregated lacecap hydrangea with white streaks on each leaf, French lavender featuring flowers with purple heads with stunning white bracts, crucifix orchids and euporbia ‘snow on the mountain’.
The next meeting for Midcoast Garden Friends will be on Tuesday October 3 at 10am at Kew, where members will be treated to a tour of John Cavey’s bonsai nursery and garden.
At the meeting there will be the opportunity to discuss garden problems and their solutions.
Tea and coffee will be provided. Members are asked to bring a folding chair, mug and a small plate of food to share.
New members and visitors are very welcome to attend and share their interest and experience in gardening.
For more information ring Jan 6559 6257 or John 6559 5165.