Williamstown Garden Club host Lilium and Bulb Society president

For Williamstown Garden Club members, their September meeting saw them welcome the return of Lilium and Bulb Society president Greg Ruckert.

Mr Ruckert gave a wonderful power point presentation of unusual bulbs from around the world.

As a contrast, there were daffodil flowers 16cm across to a lily from South America, 3m tall.

He encouraged members to care for their gardens and to look out for old fashioned plants.

Mr Ruckert explained how many older gardens are being demolished and Australia is losing many of the older type of plant as gardens are replaced by very small plots, balconies or pots.

In response to these trends, nurseries are breeding smaller plants and trees to fill the demand.

Plant of the month: Hellebores, which are a part of the ranunculus family, is a perennial and comes in a wide range of colours. They are a good winter flowering plant which likes cool, dappled conditions, without too much shade.

Gardeners need to be aware they are harmful if eaten and can be a skin irritant.

Competition: a spring flowering plant was won by Tricia Sloper.

Birthdays: Linda Potter and Richard Teusner.

The next meeting falls September 24 at 1pm to visit three local gardens, followed by afternoon tea.

There is no meeting in October. Queries to Pat 8421 348 148.