It might not feel like it today but Autumn is finally here! This can be one of the absolute best times to be in the garden, with Summer flowers, fruit and veggies putting on a final show and cooler weather plants starting to make an appearance.
As always, there’s a lot that can be done in the garden so make sure to read all of Tony’s Tips below.
If you’ve visited the Gift Shop in the past couple of weeks you may have noticed our new stock of beautiful vintage Kantha quilts, just arrived from India. They’re the perfect way to add a pop of seasonal colour to your bed or the back of your couch.
Kanthas are a traditional style of thin quilt, made from layers and patches of old saris intricately hand-stitched together. Each quilt is unique and, even better, each side is different so changing your decor can be as simple as refolding your quilt.
Every quilt is handmade, original, and one of a kind so you can be sure that once you find your favourite Kantha, no one else will have anything like it.
March is a crossover month, still warm enough for warm climate plants like Gardenias, Bougainvillea and Impatiens but cool enough for new season cool climate plants like Azaleas, Daphne, Pansies, Violas, Camellias, Poppies and Primulas.
Autumn is the mildest, kindest season of the year and certainly the best time to be doing your major planting projects. Your plants will have 9 to 10 months to get themselves established before the heat of Summer.
We have a great range of Japanese Anemones or Windflowers, which are hardy, colourful perennials that add colour to semi-shaded spots over Autumn. We will have an extensive range of very colourful perennial Salvias arriving in March and new season, long flowering Azaleas will be ready to plant. Hydrangea Diamond Rouge and Sundae Fraise both have beautiful conical white flowers that then turn pink or red as the flower ages. They are all great for late Summer and Autumn colour.
- Watch out for squiggly lines or distorted new growth on Citrus, which could be Citrus Leaf Miner. Treat it with Pest Oil, Eco-Oil or Neem Oil every 7 to 10 days.
- Plant Coriander, Dill and Parsley now that the worst of the heat has passed. The milder temperatures ensure happier, less stressed and more productive plants.
- Roses are at their best through Autumn but need a high Potash fertiliser to stimulate new growth and extended flowering such as Sudden Impact or Blooming Roses.
- Start planting broad beans, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, lettuce, onions and garlic for late Autumn and Winter crops.
- Feed and rejuvenate or resow both warm climate and cool climate lawns now.
- Feed indoor plants this month with Osmocote and follow up again in September.
- Feed your plants to fatten them up, recover from Summer, and encourage growth, flowers and fruiting. Autumn is a great growing season for most plants as long as they are feeling the love. Show your love with food and water!
Plant of the Month
We have a fabulous range of new season Camellia Sasanqua which will begin flowering this month, continuing all the way through until July. In my opinion, Sasanquas are still the most beautiful and versatile hedging and screening plants available. Suitable for full sun or part shade, Sasanquas just need some good soil improvement with a bit of Zoogro to facilitate good root growth and establishment. They can grow quite quickly and flower profusely if they are planted in the right conditions.