Mother's Day is just around the corner on Sunday the 9th of May! Not sure what to get mum this year? We've got you covered. Read below for our top picks to make mum smile this year. If you're still not sure, our staff are experts in finding the perfect thing for everyone!
If you're planning a special Mother's Day brunch or lunch, The Oaks Cafe is taking bookings! They are open from 8am to 5pm. Give them a call on 98907107 to secure your table.
Mother's Day Gift Guide
Hand Block Printed Quilts
Our quilts are made from hand block printed Indian cotton and filled with 100% cotton wadding, making them perfect to use on their own in the warmer months or as an extra layer in winter. The quilts are machine washable on a cold cycle.
Salus Spa Retreat Set
Let mum escape, retreat and revitalise with this spa-inspired set of signature favourites to nourish, replenish and soothe the senses. Included are the Rosehip & Orange Rejuvenating Body Oil, Charcoal Purifying Facial Mask and the Chamomile & Rose Geranium Clay Soap.
Robert Gordon Stoneware
This range is perfect for the mums who grow their own veggies, collect eggs from the backyard chook shed or tend to their garden. With subtle variations in the natural clay body and a light organic glaze, this range has something for everyone. Even better, everything is microwave and dishwasher safe.
Velvet Dressing Gowns
Our beautifully soft velvet dressing gowns are hand made and deliciously luxe. Available in a range of different patterns and colours so you can be sure to find exactly the one for mum.
May is the last month of Autumn and the weather is turning cooler. There is still plenty of warmth in the soil to plant confidently and encourage good root establishment before true winter. Whilst many of the deciduous trees and shrubs are defoliating, it is important to look at what is going to sustain and embellish your garden through winter.
More new season cool climate plants are now available including Pieris, Osmanthus, Wallflowers, and more varieties of Helleborus. Winter flowering Lavender and Cymbidium orchids are also in store. Cold climate plants love to be planted in a cooler season and will establish well by Summer. Primulas and Cyclamen love the cold and will flower through to spring if planted now.
If you need to brighten up an outdoor deck, patio or verandah, try a Cyclamen in a pot. They love the cold and will flower through to late spring. We have both large-flowered and miniature varieties in a wide variety of colours. Cyclamen make a great gift for Mother’s Day and the ones we’ve potted into vintage iron buckets have been very popular.
Things to Do
- Sow seed and plant seedlings for winter and spring crops and flowers now to help them germinate and get established whilst there is still some warmth in your soil. Veggies include beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, all lettuce, silverbeet and root veggies like carrots, parsnips, swede, turnips and spring onions.
- Flowers to plant right now are pansies poppies, primulas, snapdragons, foxgloves, alyssum and lobelia.
- If not planting veggies this winter, plant a green manure crop to rejuvenate and rehabilitate your soil. Dig it in in early Spring for an extra boost to next year's harvest.
- Plant foxglove seedlings now to ensure they are established enough to flower well in spring
- Make sure plants that work hard through winter have a balanced feed to sustain them through to spring. This includes Camellias, Citrus, flowering natives and Daphne.
- Treat your lawn now to eradicate Winter Grass, Clover and Bindi. All will invade Buffalo, Kikuyu and Couch lawns through winter if left unchecked.
- Watch out for Azalea Lace Bug infestations on Viburnums and Azaleas and treat with Bug Killa.
Plant of the Month
Camellias are great through the cooler months and the Japonicas will flower all through winter. The Sasanquas are in full flower now and we have lots of favourites in store. We particularly like the fabulous upright slimline varieties With Love, which has double pink flowers, and Avalanche, which has double white flowers. These varieties make for great screening hedge plants with a minimum of pruning required. Hardy, easy to grow upright evergreen shrubs with a mass of flowers through autumn and into winter.