Home' The Chronicle : Canberra Chronicle 01-09-15 Contents 11 - Tuesday, September 1, 2015
7 September Simon O'Rourke (Sydney)
Affirmations on the Seven Rays
12 October Grahame Crookham & Gordon Herbert
The Masters' Divine Plan
2 November Grahame Crookham
Hidden History of the Original Australians
Mindfulness & Contemporary Health
19 September Why Meditate?
24 October Telepathy
21 November After Death States
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Such sweet harbingers of spring
Helleborus x hybridus.
In the garden
Those looking for easy-care plants in a
cool climate will be delighted to add
hellebores to their list.
Part of the larger buttercup family
Ranunculaceae, they are native to
Europe and parts of Asia.
Commonly called winter roses,
hellebores are a classic garden
favourite, reminding us that spring is
really just round the corner.
Hardy evergreen perennials of tidy
growth habit, they flower from winter
through spring thriving in woodland
soil under established trees or in shady
Some varieties, mainly older
cultivars, are surprisingly tolerant of
extended periods of dryness in shaded
sites as well as shorter periods in dryer,
more sunny sites.
A fine collection of modern hybrids
from Plant Growers Australia (look
out for their range of perennial plants
with PGA imprinted in their dark
purple pots) have been sourced from
around the world, especially selected
for Australian conditions; from the
pale-petalled Ivory Prince and Winter
Sunshine to the deeper tones of
Penny's Pink and Anna's Red.
Indoors, these particular plants may
be used as decoration for up to six
weeks before being planted out in the
garden where they will continue to
grow on and flower for years.
Other flowers can be found in a host
of colours from apricot, yellow and
green, through pink, maroon, dark
plum, slate grey, cream and white.
Some plants may have flower petals
that are spotted, picotee, semi double
or attractively ruffled.
While little plant maintenance is
required other than the removal of old
leathery foliage in mid autumn,
together with a dressing of compost
and a sprinkling of dolomite, new
foliage can often attract aphids.
Yates Nature's Way Citrus and
Ornamental Spray, which contains a
combination of pyrethrin and
vegetable oil, will control a wide
variety of both chewing and sucking
Give established lawns a
feed of complete fertiliser
(fruit trees will benefit from a
similar application). Try a
proprietary Weed and Feed if
your lawns are troubled with
flat leaf weeds. Alternatively
use a weeding tool to remove
them before they flower and
Snip spent blooms from
early spring bulbs like paper
whites and jonquils to prevent
them from setting seed, rather
than directing energy into the
storage of future food
supplies. Feed clumps after
Seed potatoes set out now
will give you a pan full of chats
for Christmas lunch while the
rest continue to grow for a
larger autumn cropping.
Newly available strawberry
plants can also be set out now
into an organically rich, weed-
free plot or window boxes.
Time to sow seeds of tender
crops like capsicum and
tomatoes in warm sheltered
sites indoors. While they are
already appearing on nursery
shelves don't be tempted to
plant early purchases
outdoors but keep them
growing in pots under cover
until the soil temperature is at
least 15 degrees.
More than just
about the meal
National Meals on Wheels Day last
Wednesday provided food for thought,
as well as cause for celebration.
The day's theme was "Feels Good ...
Does Good" in reference to the
volunteers who prepare, pack and
distribute meals to people in need.
In the ACT, the Australian Red
Cross co-ordinates the Meals on
Wheels program, which has more than
Manager Grant Watt said the
organisation had worked with about
800 clients across the past year,
distributing more than 100,000 meals.
He said the benefits extend beyond
the meals as volunteers provided
social contact while checking on their
"It can be very important,
particularly for elderly people," he
"Every client is different, but some
want to have a good chat and that's the
value of volunteers.''
Details: phone 6234 7634.
HORSE HOLDING YARD
OPENS IN ARBORETUM
Horse riders can take a break, relax
and enjoy the great surroundings of the
National Arboretum Canberra, with a
new horse holding yard now open.
Located among the Buchan Blue
acacia species, the yard is within
walking distance of the Village Centre.
"The yard will allow riders visiting the
Arboretum to secure their horses while
a fellow rider collects refreshments
from the Sprout cafe
´ ," said Minister
for Territory and Municipal Services,
Arty CANstructions will
fill tummies of vulnerable
Playing with your food can be a good thing, as
Communities@Work staff members are
This week, 10 teams of employees are
building "CANstructions" -- installations made
out of tins of edible goods, non-perishable items
and essential products.
As part of the challenge, each group has to
conceptualise a creation, procure the items to
sculpt it and then turn it into a masterpiece.
"We are always looking for innovative ways
to keep our pantries stocked,"
Communities@Work chief executive Lynne
"This is an opportunity for all our staff to
connect with our social programs and to do good
in a fun and engaging setting."
She said the event was a great way for
corporate partners to support the organisation,
which provides food and essential services
support to Canberra's most vulnerable and
Every week, Communities@Work distributes
hundreds of kilograms of fresh produce and up
to 7000 non-perishable food and other essential
What is available through the community
pantries ranges from tinned fruit, tuna and soups
to cooking oils, tea and coffee and hygiene
All items collected for the event will be given
directly to the organisation's social programs.
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