Thanks to a couple of timely downpours, the hospital gardens made it through Summer with only a few short watering sessions. The frog pond is full of tadpoles, native fish and snails, several reptiles have been spotted having a quiet drink on a hot day and native birds have enjoyed a smorgasbord of nectar.
Some of our plantings flowered for the first time – like the beautiful Fruit Salad Frangipani, and the pink Pentas flowered non-stop from Spring right through to the end of Summer … they are still going!
But the real success story was the huge increase in the bee population – native Tetragonula carbonaria, Teddy Bear and Blue Banded bees have all been spotted in the Wellness Garden along with the usual European bees.
As time goes by, and the gardens mature, we can look forward to more first bloomers, more wildlife and many more delicious morning teas …
Drunken Parrot Tree
Iris in the Frog Pond
French & Italian Lavender
Recently we received the great news that the Bellinger Health Action Group has been successful in its application for a $5,000 grant from the Bellingen Council’s Environmental Levy Community Fund to landscape the hospital grounds adjacent to the new Sub-Acute Wing. BHAG, the Mid North Coast Local Health District, Rotary, Lions, the Freemasons and many other community groups will be working together to complete the project.
More on this in the coming months, but in the meantime the Gardening Group made a start on spraying weeds and spreading mulch in Zones 1,2 & 3 of the project plan.
Mulch & weeds before
Unfortunately it was a rather hot day and there was little shade by the time we had finished so it was a sweaty and strenuous morning. We are looking forward to the arrival of the promised bobcat to spread the balance of the mulch.
Shirley’s amazing Wholemeal Apricot Meringue slice was a highlight of the morning, tempting several of us to a second slice. After all, it was wholemeal and we deserved it!
Trying to stay in the shade
Shirley’s Apricot Meringue Slice
Such a neat job !