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Keep in touch with what we're doing, there's always something going on. Our team has been busy gathering interesting, helpful and exciting stories for you to enjoy. Seasonal inspiration from our garden to yours.

What to do this week: Time to take cuttings

What to do this week: Time to take cuttings

Take advantage of warm temperatures to take cuttings of woody plants like lavender, rosemary, justicia (Brazilian Plume Flower), azalea, camellia, brugmansia (Angels Trumpet) and rhododendron.

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What to do this week: Summer Prune Stone Fruit Trees

What to do this week: Summer Prune Stone Fruit Trees

This week in the garden it's time to prune your stone fruit, and dead-head your agapathus

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Star of the Season: the flamboyant dahlia.

Star of the Season: the flamboyant dahlia.

Unashamedly bold, brash and beautiful; it’s time to pick armfuls of them to fill your home. We combine our dahlias with buddleias which make perfect partners, especially the new Buzz Series buddleias which never stop flowering (if you keep dead-heading).


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What to do this week: Time to plant passionfruit

What to do this week: Time to plant passionfruit

Passionfruit are among the most productive of backyard crops, especially when the bees do their thing. Now that summer has arrived

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In the Vegetable Patch: It’s time for another tee pee

In the Vegetable Patch: It’s time for another tee pee

Late September we planted our first tee pee with cucumbers, beans and a yellow cherry tomato called Honey Drop, in the centre.

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In the Vegetable Patch: Zucchini is a vegie in a hurry

In the Vegetable Patch: Zucchini is a vegie in a hurry

It’s time to plant this tasty summer vegetable. Quick and easy to grow, zucchini take 6 weeks from seed sowing to harvest

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What to do this week: Scent, Scale and Drama

What to do this week: Scent, Scale and Drama

Lilies are flowering on cue, late spring and summer. Tall, elegant lilies standing on strong stems in the back of the border and delightfully fragrant. Small varieties are fantastic in pots. Lilies love morning sunshine with protection from strong afternoon sunshine.

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Spotlight: Oak Leaf Hydrangea

Spotlight: Oak Leaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia is one of our all-time favourites! We love this beautiful hydrangea with lush curvy leaves, a similar shape to the oak (quercus), hence the name ‘oakleaf’ (quercifolia), and long graceful conical flower heads.

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What to do this week: Protect your blueberries

What to do this week: Protect your blueberries

Blueberries are in full production at present. These pretty shrubs, with delicate, pink, bell-shaped flowers, give way to delicious purple-blue berries full of goodness and high in antioxidants.

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What to do this week: Plant a lemon tree

What to do this week: Plant a lemon tree

Spring is perfect time to plant a citrus tree; lemon, lime, orange and mandarin. Not only do they look beautiful – with glossy green leaves, gorgeously fragrant spring blossom and winter fruit in warming colours that glow in winter light, but they also taste great.

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In the Vegetable Patch: Time to sow beans

In the Vegetable Patch: Time to sow beans

For 200 years, fresh beans have been the second most popular home-grown vegetable in Australian gardens (after tomatoes). With low calories, lots of protein, fibre, and packed with vitamin C, A and K, beta-carotene, folate and potassium. But the best bit? There are varieties for every situation.

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A Trifecta of Flowering Trees

A Trifecta of Flowering Trees

The mauve mantel of Jacaranda, the best-recognised of three late spring flowering trees, has been cast over our world. Jacaranda flowers so well in our latitude that many people think it’s a native plant. But that honour isn't ours!

 

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In The Vegetable Patch: Manage Tomatoes

In The Vegetable Patch: Manage Tomatoes

Trim lower leaves of tomato plants It will help prevent disease spreading in mud splash.

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What To Do This Week:Take frangipani cuttings

What To Do This Week:Take frangipani cuttings

October / November is the perfect time to propagate frangipani cuttings. It coincides with the ideal time to prune frangipani. We pruned our huge 20-year-old pink frangipani early October to allow access for people to walk under it. All pruning wood was made into cuttings.

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Spotlight: The exotic Orchid Cactus

Spotlight: The exotic Orchid Cactus

You have to stay up late to enjoy the opening of the Queen Of The Night cactus, it flowers between dusk and dawn. But other orchid cactus flower during the day and can be grown in a basket producing masses of cascading flower all through late spring.

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What to do this week: Plant summer flowers

What to do this week: Plant summer flowers

Plant up summer flower planters to brighten your balcony, deck or patio.

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In the Vegetable Patch: It’s time to plant summer vegetables.

In the Vegetable Patch: It’s time to plant summer vegetables.

Are you a new gardener and inspired to start a vegetable patch, but don’t know where to start? There are five steps to consider when starting a patch from scratch. Position, garden bed construction, crop rotation, soil preparation, and feeding. Get this combination right and you'll be harvesting a bumper crop in no time

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In the Vegetable Patch: Scrumptious potato salad

In the Vegetable Patch: Scrumptious potato salad

It’s time to think ahead to alfresco summer dining. Grow your own delicious produce and you will never go hungry.


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What to do this week

What to do this week

It’s all about pruning this week as flowers fade. Spring flowering shrubs should be pruned as soon as flowers finish. This allows the plant to make new growth which will flower again next year. If you delay pruning, your plant will not have time to regrow the flowering wood for next year’s flowers.

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What to do this week: Prune spring flowering shrubs

What to do this week: Prune spring flowering shrubs

We are taking the advice of Tony Matson from Cutabove Tools at our recent Garden Clinic class. Sharp and clean tools make gardening so much easier.


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In the Vegetable Patch

In the Vegetable Patch

The energy of growing vegetables is palpable. Our tomatoes are growing 4cm each day! They are netted now to protect them from fruit fly and each one has a length of pipe for deep watering.

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In the Vegetable Patch: Man the Barricades

In the Vegetable Patch: Man the Barricades

As fruit and vegetables begin to ripen all sorts of vandals lay claim. Ripening fruit can act as a beacon for birds and lizards in particular, so we put our minds to building protective barriers that let the sunshine in while keeping the rascals out!

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What to do this week: Citrus Care

What to do this week: Citrus Care

If you take a few simple steps to care for your citrus you will be rewarded with a bounty of fruit.

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What to do this week: Comfrey Tea

What to do this week: Comfrey Tea

This home-grown fertiliser contains more potash and more nitrogen than commercial feeds, and costs only the price of a bucket and its water. Your vegetables will love it, especially your strawberries at the end of winter. Strawberries are growing well and already producing flowers and fruit.

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In the Vegie Patch: Time to sow beans

In the Vegie Patch: Time to sow beans

This week in the vegie patch we're thinking about beans and when to plant them. It's a good idea to wait until temperatures are reliably warm before sowing beans, so a few more weeks should do it. Meanwhile you can build your sturdy trellis to support them, as beans can get heavy once they are in full growth.

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Spotlight: Poppy

Spotlight: Poppy

When we think poppy, most of us think of the crepe-papery Iceland poppy, but there are other lovely species to grow and pick!

 

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Plant of the Year Lavender Pack

Plant of the Year Lavender Pack

Our plant of the year is the new range of lavenders from Plant Management Australia called Lavinnova. This week when you join the club you will receive one of these new lavenders “The Queen” ready to plant into your garden.

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Spotlight : Ranunculus

Spotlight : Ranunculus

There has been a revolution in the breeding of ranunculus. ‘Renaissance’ Ranunculus is a triumph with high quality, long lasting, consistent doubles in a range of colours. Up to ten flowers will open from a single tuber (bulb), and they are double from start to the finish. ‘Picasso’ is another fully double variety with a black centre and producing up to 10 blooms from each tuber.


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What to do in the Garden: time to plant avocado

What to do in the Garden: time to plant avocado

Plant an avocado; better still plant two for better pollination rates and more fruit. Given the correct growing conditions these trees will bear heavy crops in three years. Mature trees can be affected by excessive rain and by hot and dry wind, especially at flowering and fruit set.

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In the Vegetable Patch: keep a close watch on broad beans.

In the Vegetable Patch: keep a close watch on broad beans.

Broad beans are so tasty, and so nutritious! It’s one vegetable you should try. Watch them closely at this time as the flowers are setting pods, for aphid attack. We sprayed our crop with Yates Nature’s Way (ready to use) garlic and pyrethrum spray.

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