Radio Round Up live at the QLD Garden Expo
The Garden Clinic is coming to you live from the Namboor Showground this weekend.
We’re here for the Queensland Garden Expo, enjoying the glorious winter sunshine, and the show; one of our favourites on the garden show circuit.
A great day out at the Nambour Showground, the Queensland Garden Expo has been running for an incredible 31 years!
It’s everyone’s favourite garden show and never disappoints me. Over 50 nurseries selling new release plants, from herbs to palms to trees to vegetables, orchids, annuals; and of course all the products you need to look after them.
The garden gods have smiled upon the organisers of the show; the sunrise has revealed a clear blue sky and warm weather ahead. Perfect for a trip out to the Nambour Showground to check out the action.
Many show-goers have done all their plant shopping for the whole year at the QLD Garden Expo.
After filling the ute with new plants from the show it’s time to tackle those winter garden jobs.
It’s time to:
In the Sub-tropics
Find the perfect spot for the new plants you found at the Queensland Garden Expo. Water in with seaweed solution to help settle them into their new spot.
Enjoy the tabebuias, tibouchinas and brugmansias, all in full flower in July in the sub-tropical zone.
In Temperate areas
Select a magnolia while they are in flower. Goblet-shaped blooms come in ivory, lemon, pink, purple and bicoloured.
Choose a ‘birthday tree’ for your child or grandchild. Choose something flowering on their birthday and it will always to be talking point. Winter-flowering birthday trees include deciduous magnolias, flowering peach, bottlebrush, and the Taiwan cherry. Celebrate National Tree Day on July 31 while you’re at it.
Transplant deciduous trees and shrubs while they are dormant. Now is the time to move frangipani. They have a small root ball so are easy to relocate to a better position if necessary.
Plant chit potatoes. This is the ideal month to get potatoes ready for planting out in spring. Buy virus-free potatoes and place them in egg cartons in a warm dark place to encourage the ‘eyes’ to sprout well before planting time.
In the Cold
Time to prune roses. The exact moment isn’t at all critical, as long as it’s in winter. Wait for a sparkling, sunny day, and burn or bin the offcuts and old leaves.
Prune raspberry canes. Most varieties flower and fruit on canes produced last year, so simply remove all those that fruited this year.
Catalogues of summer-flowering bulbs such as dahlias, liliums and gladioli come out about now. Read them at your leisure, then get out the pen and start get!
When you have 10 minutes
Plant perfume! Fragrant flowers seem to smell all the sweeter in winter. Favourites include winter daphne, winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima) and stocks (Matthiola sp.). Plant punnets of stocks throughout a cottage garden; group for maximum fragrance at the front door; or plant a clump in a large pot on the entertaining terrace. Continue to liquid feed and you will be able to bring armfuls of the clove-scented flowers into your home.
Want more winter jobs to do in your garden? check out more here, It's Time To: July
Grevillea 'Honey Gem'.
There have been many grevillea hybrids developed in Queensland in recent decades that are vigorous, prolific bloomers with large spectacular flowers. G. 'Honey Gem', which I briefly mentioned a few weeks ago, is one of those with a mass of large flower spikes 15 X 7cm in size.
Most of these Queensland hybrids are quick growing tall growers with G. 'Honey Gem' attaining 4x3m in size in 3-4 growth seasons or less.
The blooms are a rich orange-gold in colour and loaded with bird attracting nectar or honey produced from mid-winter to late spring.
G. ‘Honey Gem’ is thought to be a cross or hybrid between G. pteridifolia and G. banksia, two species which have parented many hybrids.
Pruning is recommended if they become too tall. Some have observed recovery from very severe pruning even close to ground level after the spring flush. Give them a sunny position with well-drained soil. They are tolerant of mild frosts and are unrivalled as native bird-attractors.
Feeding with a low phosphorous fertiliser is recommended such as Neutrog's Bush Tucker.
Grevillea ‘Honey Gem’. Photo - Graham Ross
Come away with us
NSW Spring Festivals
A plant lover’s delight as we follow the trail of flower festivals across NSW meeting friendly gardeners along the way. We start in Southern Highlands for Tulip Time, then Canberra for Floriade, then Cowra to catch the Cherry Blossom and finally to the Leura Gardens Festival.
Lunchtime at Glenmore House on the NSW Spring tour.
Sandra led the tour last spring and has written a blog entitled ‘A festival of flowers’, about some of the festival regions the tour goes through and what you will see this spring.
For more information on this incredible tour go to the Ross Tours website, or call Royce or Roslyn at Ross Tours to reserve your place on 1300 233 200 for more details on the tour.
Queensland Garden Expo organiser, Marion Beasley
Marion is a champion of gardening in Queensland. She and her team have built the Queensland Garden Expo into an international draw card.
Every year, over 34,000 garden lovers, including hundreds of horticulture professionals, flock to the Queensland Garden Expo – one of the Queensland’s largest and most celebrated gardening events.
The QLD Garden Expo attracts plant lovers from all walks of life.
It's got all the elements of some of Australia’s famous garden shows, such as those in Melbourne and Sydney. And the quality of the gardens, exhibits and lectures make this one of the top gardening events in the country. The Queensland Garden Expo is where Queensland’s top landscape designers and nurseries will showcase their creative talents, products and knowledge.
Full-size gardens provide the centerpiece of this annual event. The expo features offerings from more than 360 exhibitors – the latest in garden tools, books, accessories, garden art and more. Seven live stages hosting lectures, demo’s and workshops with free expert advice and information all day every day, whilst plant exhibitors will have nearly 40,000 plants for sale daily.
And it doesn’t stop with the Queensland Garden Expo. Marion and her team will return later this year to Strathpine with the Brisbane International Garden Show, October 6 - 9.