Yearly Archive: 2010

Roses and Lemons the Bells of St Clements

December 13, 2010 TOP TIPS Summer is one of the best seasons of the year in the garden. To enjoy roses closer to Christmas prune later and deadhead often. Summer rose pruning time will be here soon. Lemons love summer too so plant in a warm spot to help them through winter. Deal with ants and scale. Remove...
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Pot Luck This Christmas

November 18, 2010 TOP TIPS Give your friends this advice along with their gift. Water at least daily during the summer. Apply fertiliser every two weeks for sustained growth and flowering. Continuously dead head for the best growth and blooms. Put the container in a sunny or shady position to suit the plants. Replant at the end of...
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Magical and Magnificent Magnolias

October 28, 2010 This week we have been treated to spectacular spring weather. Last weekend was perfect for getting out in the garden. There is such a lot to do in spring to wake up from winter but persistence will pay off. While you are outside make sure you take time to stop and enjoy the beautiful sights...
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Spring – Beautiful one day, perfect the next

October 22, 2010 TOP TIPS To get more out of your spring garden, redefine spring. Spring is three seasons in one: early, middle and late spring. Select plants and bulbs that flower in each of the seasons. Do your own homework and don’t just rely on plant labels. Ranunculus or Persian Buttercups provide a fabulous mid spring display...
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Great Gardening Weather

October 18, 2010 TOP TIPS How good is this rain? Pop along to the races to see breathtaking displays of roses and other gardens. Roses need sunshine, at least 6 hours a day. Keep watch for rust, mildew and black spot in humid weather Practice the snail stomp Commence spraying program with milk to control fungal problems like black spot....
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Compaction and Dealing With It

October 1, 2010 Were you lucky enough to get out into the garden in the beautiful weather last weekend? If you are in a new house surrounded by clay you may have been a bit envious that you weren’t able to get outside and join the chorus of lawnmowers Developers have been working in the paddock near our...
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Check your garden to see whats bugging it

September 24, 2010 Tomorrow is the AFL Grand Final. Sadly the Brisbane Lions won’t be playing so I’m going for the Magpies. Why you may ask? Well there are a few who live near us in a tree out the back and they have been helping out cleaning up bugs and pests around the place so I feel...
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Winter is Pruning for Fruit Trees

July 23, 2010 Real pea soup fogs this week provided a beautiful backdrop for the dark silhouettes of the beautiful bare branches of our deciduous trees.  We are in the middle of winter now and there’s lots to do in the garden.  Grab your raincoat, gumboots, gloves and secateurs and lets head out into the garden. The first...
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Tropical Garden Tour of Brisbane

July 19, 2010 While the frosts are colouring the hills around Ballarat a brilliant white this winter I have ventured north to Brisbane to see firsthand, the tropical gardens in winter. While I am here I plan to do a number of blog posts about how we can develop tropical looking gardens that will thrive in our winter wonderlands down in south...
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Repairing Storm Damaged Trees

July 16, 2010 Winter has been great this year.  The wind has been howling and the rain driven in horizontal sheets with the last few cold fronts that have passed through our region.. In this sort of weather its nice to shelter inside by the fire. While last weekend’s storm only ripped a pile of leaves and branches...
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