We were disappointed to hear on Sunday that it will be another few weeks until we can open our doors to our beloved customers. Like everyone, we're doing out best to keep on going and enjoying the little moments as much as possible. This is our favourite time of year for gardening and the nursery is full of gorgeous flowers and veggie seedlings.
We've also had deliveries of gorgeous vintage furniture and homewares as well as handmade clothing, which are now available online.
We hope to see you all in person very soon but in the meantime, everything is available for pickup or delivery and you can place your order either online or over the phone on 98903162.
Well, it’s certainly been a weird spring. The plants are loving the rain and the largely moderate conditions (polar blast excepted) and we’ve been very busy doing delivery and collection for customers who really only want to come inside and choose for themselves! October is the busiest month in the garden – the most growth in the most plants is possible this month. Make sure your plants have enough nutrients to sustain this potential growth. A wintry buffalo lawn or a stressed Magnolia Little Gem can’t move forward unless you give it a feed to enable it to do and look it’s best.
New-season stock is coming through slowly because of COVID-19 but we have a nursery full of great plants ready to find a home in your garden. In these difficult times, there is a lot of happiness (and safety) in your garden, even if it is just a potted tomato, a hanging basket of petunias or a fragrant gardenia.
- Prune and feed azaleas as soon as they finish flowering.
- Continue to feed gardenias with Harry’s Gardenia Food.
- Feed roses with a high potassium fertiliser now and then every two months.
- Plant your tomatoes now if you haven’t already. I planted mine on the first of September and should start picking in late November. Also plant zucchinis, chillies and cucumbers now.
- We have lots of petunias available for summer colour as well as impatiens for shaded areas.
- Prune back winged lavenders such as Avonview and Winter Haze as they finish flowering.
- Warm and wet weather means fungal disease. Protect your roses with Rose Shield or Mancozeb.
- Safely control caterpillars with Success, Dipel, or Pyrethrum and snails with iron-based Multiguard.
Traditional hydrangea macrocarpa are ideal to plant now so that they settle in nicely and flower in their new home as an established plant. They like protection from midday and afternoon sun so are great on the southern or eastern side of the house or in moist shade. Hydrangeas flower in late spring and early summer and should be pruned reasonably hard between Christmas and Australia Day to ensure early flowering the following year.
They love a rich, Zoogro improved soil or are great in tubs with high-quality potting mix. Water hydrangeas frequently coming into and during flowering for spectacular results. A feed twice in spring and once in autumn with a high potassium fertiliser increases flower formation and duration. White hydrangeas are always white but the other colours can vary slightly due to soil pH.