After some very late winter rain (minimal as it was) Spring has finally arrived with some warmer days, but still very cool nights. Signs of growth are everywhere in the garden and the shadehouse. Time to get out and trim off old fronds, get rid of the winter weeds and give your ferns a fertilise to help the new growth along. Do it in the morning so the warmth of the day helps things along. Watch out for the caterpillars and bugs feeding on the ferns, not to mention the slugs and snails that appear after a rain.
The Fern Society display at the Royal Adelaide Show this year is beautiful, it was great to be given our own area alongside the Bromeliads, Bonsai, Camellias and Orchids. The public has shown a lot of interest in the stunning ferns from the gardens of Bob, Coralie, Julie & Lynn (apologies if I have missed anyone) and a special thanks to Coralie and Julie who put the display together it looks amazing.
The September meeting is our annual auction night and all proceeds go to the Fern Society. Members are encouraged to bring all things garden related (and, yes, there are usually ferns in amongst other things) to donate for auction and bring along their moneybags to bid and buy from auctioneer extraordinaire Phil.
Our first foray into the arrangement with Charlie Carp for members to buy at wholesale prices is happening at the moment with members orders due in by 17th September for delivery at the general meeting on 28th September.
Special news - It looks highly likely that we may have Tassell Ferns for sale at our Annual Fern Sale on Saturday 27th April 2019 which starts at 9am and runs until 2pm next year. So be there early to grab something you won't see anywhere else in South Australia for sale, members can come in the night before and buy,
ANOTHER GOOD REASON TO JOIN THE FERN SOCIETY!.