Coffs Harbour City Council horticulturalist Jeff Klepzig hard at work on one of the city’s landmark roundabouts he looks after.
Coffs Harbour City Council horticulturalist Jeff Klepzig hard at work on one of the city’s landmark roundabouts he looks after. Rob Wright

Flowerbeds blossom at roundabouts

YOU’LL find him tending the city’s landmark gardens throughout the year but for horticulturist Jeff Klepzig, there is no season quite like spring.

As winter ended yesterday and spring began today – with stunning blue skies dotted with puffs of clouds – Mr Klepzig was hopeful it was going to be a warm and relatively dry start to the new season.

“Spring is the start of the warmer weather when people begin heading outdoors and enjoying all the natural elements that Coffs Harbour offers,” Mr Klepzig said.

“It’s a great time of the year.”

Mr Klepzig specialises in planting and tending the beds of annuals which bring a riot of colour to the city’s roundabouts and parks.

He has an amazing knack of coinciding his displays with holiday periods or major events but getting his gardens in full bloom this year hasn’t been easy.

“It has been a wet winter which has caused a lot of fungal problems.

"I can only hope that all our gardens get a chance to dry out under warm skies in the weeks ahead.”

The Bureau of Meteorology says there is a good chance of that.

Its seasonal outlook points to a 75% chance of average spring rainfall of between 100 to 200 millimetres between September and December this year.



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