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Terrestrials make stunning displays
The Orchid Society of Canberra's spring show is this weekend.
In the garden
With the exception of the polar
regions, orchids of one kind or another
can be found growing in every country
in the world and in all kinds of
situations -- either very hot; very cold;
dry or wet.
Three main plant types are
terrestrials, of which many are native
to the ACT. They can be seen growing
in open paddocks at this time of year
as well as in recognised areas on Black
Mountain. Terrestrial orchids grow
from a bulb through autumn and
winter -- flowering in late winter or
early spring before they die down.
Semi-terrestrials, which include the
likes of cymbidiums, grow out of the
ground with their roots in semi-
decomposed, freely drained organic
Epiphytic orchids, of which there
are many spectacular, colourful
species, grow on rocks or trees. In
cultivation they can be grown in pots
of bark mixture or attached to a piece
Orchids that do well in cool
climates include cattleyas,
dendrobiums, vandas, cymbidiums
and oncidiums and generally they are
not difficult to grow once you
understand their requirements.
Plants purchased for their winter
and spring flowers should be placed in
dappled light outdoors over summer,
during which they need to be watered
regularly -- daily during hot dry
weather; and fertilised every three
Cease fertilising and reduce
watering to perhaps 7-10 days in
autumn making sure all plants are back
indoors by mid April ready to produce
yet another winter and spring display.
The Orchid Society of Canberra s
spring show will be held at the Wesley
Centre in National Circuit on Saturday
from 9am-5pm and Sunday from
noon-4pm. Admission is $5; $2
concession; children free.
Society members will provide
advice on care; demonstrate re-potting
and assist with plants sales from local
hobbyists and regional growers of
Cut back and then mulch
spring flowering shrubs with
compost and manure but only
after the blooms have finished
and as new growth begins.
Late summer flowering
perennials such as sedums
and Michaelmas daisies can be
divided and replanted into
Container-grown plants will
benefit from the removal of as
much of the original topsoil
that you can manage without
disturbing the root growth,
then replacing with fresh
potting mix and a measure of
slow release plant food.
If you haven't already done
so, feed established citrus
trees with a commercial citrus
food according to the
directions on the pack.
Suppress any weed growth
beneath fruit trees in lawns or
garden beds with a layer of
newspaper and a mulch of
Make one of many visits to
Floriade. See a colourful
spectacle of spring bulb and
annuals plants that convey a
Theme of Passion (for
everything you can think of).
Join workshops; listen to high
profile speakers; watch
demonstrations and enjoy the
Spring Fling celebrates 28 years for
Gorman House Markets.
For over a quarter of a century, the
Gorman House Markets have been a
Canberra Saturday meeting place,
operating from the lawns and
heritage-listed buildings of the
Gorman House Arts Centre.
Spring Fling is an action-packed
market day, boasting a myriad of
stalls and entertainment which
includes performances by the
Canberra Swing Kats and Doctor
Stovepipe from 11am.
There will be a kids land, an
activities tent for children and a
poetry slam from 2pm.
The markets take place on
Saturday, September 20, from 10am
NETWORK 14 CHANGE
AFTER ERROR FOUND
Network 14 bus timetables for
Weston Creek have been revised after
a scheduling error was found for the
express service. The mistake was
brought to the attention of Chief
Minister Katy Gallagher by the
Weston Creek Community Council.
Ms Gallagher expressed concern that
cuts to Weston Creek services could
force residents back into their cars.
ACTION scheduled an Xpresso route
to depart Cooleman Court at 7.46am
and the Holder shops at 7.58am to
travel through to the City bus station.
Previously, the latest morning
express service from Weston Creek
departed at 7.30am.
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