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July Jobs

Mid winter is a time to prune.

But it doesn't have to be devoid of colour in the garden. Time to get busy with the mid-winter July jobs.


Camellia time in the mid-winter garden. Photo - Robin Powell


Enjoy the camellia show! Head up to Bilpin to see the fabulous collection at Wildwood and at Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mount Tomah; check out Eryldene in Gordon, Sydney, and The NSW Camellia Society show around the corner at Ravenswood School Hall. Check for details.

Cut liriope down to the ground to allow for fresh new growth in spring.

Be kind to indoor plants by finding them a spot not too close to a cold window but not too near a heater or the blast of reverse-cycle air conditioning.

There’s nothing dull about an Australian winter. Brighten the garden with a splash of golden wattle or the brilliant, bird-attracting fire-bright spires of aloes.

Try growing a favourite banksia in a pot. Many of Western Australia's weird and wonderful banksias do better in pots than in the garden. Use a big container and a specially formulated potting mix for natives. Fertilise with a specialised native plant food, such as Bush Tucker.

Prune bottle brush (Callistemon) to keep it neat, trimming off spent flower heads. In fact, callistemon is one native that will take a hard prune, so if yours has become straggly consider a radical fix.

Prune hybrid tea roses. Go as hard as you like, with great benefits seen by pruning back to three main branches, each one cut down to 30cm above ground level. Follow with a dose of seaweed solution, and fertilise as soon as you see new growth.

Trim untidy plumbago and overbearing murraya. They’ll spring back as soon as the weather warms.

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Author: Robin Powell