It’s Tomato Time!

We know the long weekend is in honour of the Grand Final but the timing really could not be better for spending a little extra time in the garden. The weather is getting warmer, which means it’s time to start thinking about Summer flowers and vegetables.

We are open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm every day as usual during the long weekend.

The Oaks Cafe will also be open to fuel you up for a day in the garden or provide a well-earned treat once you’ve stocked up in the nursery. The cafe is open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm today and from 8:00 to 5:00 as normal on Saturday and Sunday.

We hope to see you soon!

Tony’s Tips

October 2018

Spring is in full flight and our seedling section is bursting with a full range of veggies including cold sensitive cucumbers, many varieties of chillies and approximately 47 varieties of tomatoes!

We have a great range of roses that will be flowering later this month and it’s always good to come in to ‘smell the roses’ and see the colours to select the right rose for you. Clematis Jackmannii are starting their spectacular flowering season and, like roses, are able to flower recurrently from Spring to Autumn with regular feeding and watering. Crabapples are in blossom and the Crepe Myrtles are finally shooting away and warm season perennials are starting to come through now.

It is still a great time to plant trees and shrubs remembering the 3 planting ‘don’ts’:

  • Don’t tease the roots
  • Don’t plant too deep and bury the neck or the collar
  • Don’t plant into unimproved soil.

If your plants get off to a good start they never look back!

  • Lots of people are coming in with sad looking citrus leaves and buffalo lawns. The solution is generally a serious feeding of the right sort of fertiliser to recover from a long cold Winter.
  • Keep feeding Gardenias with Harry’s Gardenia Food to encourage the developing flower buds.
  • Repot Cymbidium orchids using orchid mix if they are tight in their pot. Don’t divide them unless you have to and then only in big chunks. Dress with high K Osmocote to have them quickly back in flower.
  • Feed roses with high K fertiliser and keep problems at bay with Rose Gun.
  • Trim back the winter flowering native plants to encourage better shapes, healthy new growth and more flowers next season. Feed with a native friendly fertiliser.
  • Plant up your herb and veggie gardens now. The largest variety of the whole year is available in October. Nothing beats homegrown for flavour, freshness and purity!
  • Hosting Christmas at your place? Plan ahead now by planting Petunias, Impatiens, Salvias, Begonias, or Calibrachoas for a gorgeous Christmas display. Hold off until November if you’re planting Vincas.

Plant of the Month

Armeria Dreamaria

A new range of improved Armeria called Dreamaria were released last year in a variety of pink shades. This year we will have a new white Dreamaria called Snow Clouds available from mid-October. Compared to previous varieties of Armerias, Dreamarias are much longer flowering, better-performing plants with a low spreading mound of foliage and masses of white lollipop flowers over a long period. A very hardy plant that doesn’t compromise in appearance!