Yearly Archive: 2012

Merry Christmas

December 20, 2012 TOP TIPS Enjoy your Christmas plans, make them fun Buy some Poinsettias for your Christmas or BBQ table Agapanthus are fabulously decorative this time of year Red, white and green petunias or agapathus and salvias look like Christmas. Hydrangeas make beautiful decorations in your entertaining areas. Dead head annuals, roses and other shrubs for a...
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Colour for Christmas

December 19, 2012 TOP TIPS Just two more weekends before Christmas to sort the garden. Shasta daisies and agapanthus are fabulously decorative this time of year Christmas Lilies either Asiatic or Oriental make beautiful decorations in your entertaining areas. Dead head roses and other shrubs for a final pre Christmas tidy up. Plant pots of multicoloured petunias and...
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Create the Spirit of Christmas

December 7, 2012 TOP TIPS We are counting down to Christmas Look for the Joy in whatever you do this Christmas, help others Real Christmas Trees cut or living have the look and the smell of Christmas You can reuse Living Christmas Trees in your garden Pot up Living Christmas Trees for next years Christmas in July and...
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December brings holiday feel to gardens

November 30, 2012 TOP TIPS Water and revive any plants affected by this weeks heat. Check and fix any issues identified by weather events this week Lomandra are a great plant to fix erosion problems on slopes. Scaevolas are wonderful ground cover that create a holiday mood A new yellow Scaevolas has been released Buddleijas bring butterflies New...
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Guaranteed colour in your garden?

November 22, 2012 TOP TIPS Choose plants that create the mood and feeling you want in your garden Nepeta or Catmint is a wonderful billowy showy perennial that creates a relaxed and calming feel Soft grey green, minty scented foliage with a sprawling habit make it great along paths and edges. Team catmint with grasses for a relaxed...
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Prune Spring Flowering Shrubs

November 16, 2012 TOP TIPS Pruning is one of the most important jobs in the garden. Prune spring flowering shrubs for more blooms in spring Consider overall shape of shrub so stand back often to look. Rule of thumb is prune when flowers finish Weigelas bloom on wood grown in summer so winter pruning removes flowers. Prune shoots...
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Show Off Your Garden With Mulch

November 14, 2012 TOP TIPS Summer is on the way so check your garden has heaps of mulch cover to help it through. Mulch keeps soil cool, reduces evaporation and reduces the growth of weeds which take water from your plants. Aphids can be controlled by letting beneficial insects do their job. Careful mulching around iris to limit...
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A Big Weekend in The Garden

November 2, 2012 TOP TIPS Get out and enjoy Springfest, the open gardens, the Bonsai exhibition and the floral art at the Gallery Enjoy the magnificent blooms of the Waratah. Waratahs need excellent drainage, they hate wet feet. Prune Waratahs to promote more flowers. Our soils are warming so plant natives and other plants this month Commence spraying...
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Look through the wood and see the trees

October 26, 2012 TOP TIPS Trees are vital to our survival one mature tree produces enough oxygen each year to keep 12 Ballarat residents breathing for 12 months. Trees can increase real estate values by as much as 15% Trees can reduce your winter heating bills by as much as 30% Trees make sick people better quicker, office...
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Spring Continues at a Gallop

October 18, 2012 TOP TIPS How good was the rain? Our gardens are so green Practice the snail stomp To see roses at their best head out to the races at Avoca or Caulfield this weekend Keep watch for rust, mildew and black spot in humid weather Practice good hygiene and remove prunings and dead leaves Commence spraying...
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