We're not sure if it's just us but it seems like a lot of gardens in the area are looking particularly great this summer. Maybe its the cool weather or maybe we've all just had a lot more time to spend gardening.
One of the upsides of not being able to go anywhere is more time to enjoy the fruits of our labour in the garden. Make sure you get out there and show some love to your backyard, courtyard or balcony.
Late summer is a beautiful and productive time for Melbourne gardens. Our team are here every day to help make your garden the best it can be. See you soon!
Our suppliers in India have just packed up our next delivery and sent it on its way to us! The container is absolutely filled to the brim with beautifully patinaed and restored vintage furniture, homewares and trinkets. We cant wait to unpack it!
For the most part, this summer has been pretty mild, with only a few hot days. Our gardens have been loving it so hopefully la niña weather will continue into February. It is the final month of summer so take advantage of the warmth to plant heat-loving plants like Hibiscus, Bougainvillea, Stephanotis, Lavender and summer perennials.
Japanese Anemones are great in the garden this month and Plectranthus Mona Lavender will start flowering now and continue through to winter. Both do well in shaded or semi-shaded positions. The first Cyclamen will also start coming in this month, in both seedlings and heat-tolerant potted varieties.
Winter veggies might be the last thing on your mind but February is THE month to plant Brussels Sprout seedlings as well as your first crops of other brassicas. You'll be glad you did in a few months!
- At this time of year, I water my pots daily for three to five seconds each. I water most small plants in the garden every second day but every day when it is over 30 degrees. Most plants aren’t deep-rooted and have limited water storage capacity so they need regular small waterings. On a really hot day, I happily hose down my plants in the middle of the day to cool and de-stress them.
- Autumn flowering plants like Camellias, Azaleas and Correas are forming flowers now and need a high potash fertiliser to sustain and encourage their flower development.
- Citrus plants are forming fruit currently. Encourage fruit quantity and quality with a suitable high potash fertiliser.
- February is the last month that we can prune hedges, shrubs, roses and perennials and still get a nice flush of growth before winter. The roses, geraniums and perennials will flower nicely through autumn on that new growth. Always feed after a prune to sustain new growth and encourage flowers.
- Sow seeds for parsnips, turnips, carrots and onions and plant lettuce, parsley, silverbeet and spinach seedlings as well as all brassicas including broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and kale. This will give them plenty of time to get established over autumn.
- Cymbidium orchids need a high potash fertiliser now to push them into a new flower forming phase. Use either a good liquid fertiliser fortnightly or a generous dose of Osmocote every six months.
- Watch out for Citrus Leaf Minor on new growth on your citrus trees. It is recognisable by the telltale squiggly lines on the leaves. Treat it with Pest Oil weekly.
- Dead patches in your lawn may indicate Lawn Grub while silvered foliage on Azaleas and Viburnums could be a sign of Azalea Lace Bug. We recommend the systemic Bug Killa.
Hydrangeas are very popular at the moment and we will have the improved Hydrangea paniculata varieties in mid-February. Sunday Fraise, Candlelight and Rouge Diamond all have beautiful white conical flowers which colour to deep pinks or burgundy tones as they age and grow 1.2 to 1.5 metres tall in improved soil. We will also have the long-flowering, compact Hydrangea Magical Revolution, whose flowers start pale blue or pink in the traditional ball-type then turn burgundy and hold like that for a couple of months! All these varieties are great for pots or garden beds.