January 2015 Talk

Our President, Ann Norman introduced Lorraine McMiles, one of our Vice Presidents and a regular contributor to club meetings, who spoke to us about the use of every-day objects in flower arranging. Lorraine has substantial experience in flower arranging and considers that there is always something to be found growing in the home garden which can be combined with interesting containers or other objects. She had made up several arrangements to illustrate the range of possibilities and members could inspect these and get ideas for their own projects. The talk was enthusiastically received by the meeting and Ann thanked Lorraine on behalf of everyone present.

The photos will show how Lorraine puts her ideas in practice.



It was Christmas once again and again our club culminated a year of great bus trips and other social events with our usual wonderful Christmas lunch at the Leura Golf Club. Over forty members had a high class lunch and and enjoyed the eahc others company. The raffle was a magificent cushion made by our own Vice President, Caroline Stanton. Here are some photos of the activities

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Club members welcomed Michelle Turner and Erja Immonen, from Oasis Horticulture, a leading Australian wholesale nursery with production facilities here in the Blue Mountains, to the last speaker meeting for the year.

Michelle and Erja explained the wide range of plants produced by Oasis and then gave an overview of the new releases of both flowers and vegetables this season. They illustrated their talk with slides of the new material and commented on the cultural requirements of each. A hand-out on ‘companion plants’ was also provided to assist in the choice of beneficial plant associations, particularly in the production of vegetables.
Towards the end of their talk the speakers showed slides of the damage caused to the nursery at Yellow Rock in the October 2013 bushfires. This had resulted in the loss of some structures, as well as stock and equipment. Despite these losses and the need to import some replacement equipment from Europe, the nursery had returned to full production early this year.

Hot tip: Did you know that the team at Oasis has now increased their range of capsicums and peppers to 9 varieties? You can now check the plant labels to see the grades from mild to hot before you choose ones for your vegetable garden.

Oasis Speakers

Oasis representatives, Michelle Turner (left) and Erja Immonen (right) with some of this season’s new releases