In these strange times, we're so glad that gardening continues to be allowed and encouraged. Plants are so important for our mental health and general wellbeing!
We've worked hard to create a safe, socially-distant shopping environment and have also taken the opportunity to build an online store with contactless pickup and delivery options.
Happy Mothers' Day and happy gardening!
Welcome to late autumn. We've had some beautiful days, more amazing rainfall and the gardens are looking fabulous. Autumnal foliage has been great this year, lawns are lush and green and winter flowers are budding up nicely on Camellias, Magnolias, Pieris, Daphne and many Australian natives.
We have been lucky that gardening has been encouraged throughout isolation as a safe, physically and mentally rewarding endeavour. I love how many parents have started veggie and herb gardens with their kids. In my own garden, we have added homegrown produce to our meals and brightened up the indoors with picked roses, Little Gem Magnolias, late Gardenias and Salvia. I am planting cool climate veggies and herbs, Pansies, Violas, Primulas, Poppies and the last of my winter flowering bulbs.
As the weather cools, some plants slow down and go dormant but many others come to life. Camellias, Proteas, Grevilleas, Correas and many winter flowering perennials including French and Italian type Lavenders are brilliant from now on. We have a pink Lavender called With Love—ideal to leave gift wrapped on your mother's doorstep on the 2nd Sunday of May.
- Whilst the soil is still warm, plant your winter and spring veggie seedlings including silverbeet, broccoli, onions, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, rocket, radicchio, snow peas, broad beans and parsley.
- Brighten up your winter garden with Pansies, Violas, Poppies, Primulas, Alyssum and Lobelia. Also, plant Foxglove seedlings for spring flowers.
- Plants such as Camellias, citrus, and natives are capable of putting on a lot of growth through winter. There is still time to feed them to give them the nutrients they need to sustain a long, colourful and productive season.
- Plant certified seed potatoes now. They're an easy veggie to grow in large pots or the garden and several different varieties are now available to grow.
- For gorgeous winter blooms, plant Helleborus under trees in dry shade. It's a hardy perennial which is dormant through the summer and wonderfully colourful in the winter.
- There seems to be a lot of scale around on citrus, gardenias and bay laurels. Spray comprehensively with PestOil or Eco Oil and then repeat after two weeks.
- I've seen a lot of caterpillars from Cabbage White Butterfly around. Keep them at bay with Pyrethrum, Dipel or Cabbage Dust.
- When planting, always plant into organically improved soil, don't tease the roots and never plant a plant deeper than it was in the pot. This will help to make the transition from our place to yours as seamless as possible. Happy plants will establish quickly and begin to grow and look gorgeous!
Sasanqua Camellia With Love
With Love is a beautiful sasanqua Camellia, which flowers prolifically for months but will be peaking in May. It has masses of double pink flowers on a neat upright bush and is great in pots or narrow, restricted areas of the garden.