Thursday, 14 December 2017

Australia Trip - October 2017 - SAGPS Annual Pelargonium Show and Sale

Always, one of the highlights of my trips to Adelaide in October is the South Australian Geranium & Pelargonium Society Annual Show and Sale.   My sister Pauline and her husband Peter are members of the Society, as am I.   I love helping to set up the show on the Friday, helping in any way I can over the weekend and then clearing up at the end.    I know many of the members, so it is lovely to catch up with them and to meet any new members that have joined since my last visit.

Regal Sweet Spirit

  Setting up the Show 

Setting up the plant sale
Rodger Argent bringing in his plants for sale
My sister Pauline checking the quality of the plants for sale

Rodger Argent staking some of his Ivy leaf plants for sale

Joyce Gepp directs proceedings

Nearly ready

More quality control - this time Heather Heineke

Loraine Kernick and Rodger Argent checking his Zonartics

Larger pots on the floor

A good selection of Dwarf zonals
A table full of Ivy leaf plants

Paul Sabel won Best in Show with his magnificent plant of Appleblossom Rosebud
Judged by Marj Edwards and myself

The Sale

Marj Edwards and Loraine Kernick

Sophie - the budding photographer.
Plants purchased by a happy customer

Interstate and Overseas visitors
Janet Martin (WA), Marj Edwards (Vic), Ken Pilgrim (Vic) Lorraine Pilgrim (Vic) me (UK) and Mark of Marks Plants, People-Nature (Vic)


Saturday, 2 December 2017

Australia Visit October 2017 - Evening walk along Henley Beach

My sister Pauline suggested one evening that we go for a walk along Henley beach and, hopefully, catch a good sunset.    We missed the sunset, but the skies did look quite spectacular for several minutes.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Australia Visit - October 2017 - Morning Star Nursery and Kapunda Copper Mine

The main purpose of the trip out to Kapunda was to visit Morning Star Nursery.   I've been 'following' Morning Star Nursery on Facebook for quite a while now, and always admired the photo's the owner put up of pelargoniums and, of course, her beautiful Iris plants.   I was delighted that Anne Hazel agreed that we could visit.  Anne had recently lost her husband and felt the nursery, particularly the pelargoniums, was not up to her usual standard.  However, we said we would not mind, and so the visit was arranged. 

Peter studying the soil

Peter still studying the soil while Pauline and Anne discuss the Iris

Pauline, Anne and me
 Thank you, Anne, for all the cuttings and for letting us visit.  Hope to be back one day.

After our visit to the Nursery, we went on to take a look at the old KapundaCopper Mine.  There wasn't a lot of information about, so these are just pictures.

Peter trying to turn the large wheel