First up, we here at Acorn need to say a huge thank you to our wonderful and generous customers.
When we introduced a gold coin donation for gift wrapping about 20 months ago, it was embraced, with many people even giving more.
With the help of your donations, we have been able to donate more than $40,000 ($41,059 to be exact) to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. We are so happy to be able to support such a worthy cause, helping to support and empower refugees and people seeking asylum.
July may be the middle of Winter in Melbourne but we have passed the shortest day of the year and we will begin to see the first signs of blossom soon. As the days lengthen more and more flowers such as Pansies and Violas and the Magnolias begin to bloom.
Deciduous Magnolias are spectacular from mid-Winter through to Spring with large showy flowers on a bare tree. They love good drainage so I always plant Magnolias up on a mound of improved, fertile soil. They are ideal to brighten up the Winter and early Spring landscape. Magnolias are also an exceptional picking flower if you can bear to cut them!
- Lime your lawn. Regular feeding tends to acidify the soil and an annual dose of Lime will bring the soil pH back into the comfort zone for lawns.
- If you notice your box hedging turning a rusty orange colour, they’re telling you they’re hungry! Give them a feed and a dose of Dolomite Lime, which improves the soil pH and enables the plant to absorb nutrients and green up.
- Start ‘blueing’ your blue Hydrangeas to guarantee their gorgeous blue flowers
- If you haven’t already, prune your roses. Start feeding them as new shoots emerge.
- Feed Winter flowering bulbs as they finish flowering to fatten them up for next year.
- Liquid feed Pansies, Poppies, Primroses and Violas with a flower orientated fertiliser to stimulate more flowers.
Plant of the Month
Helleborus Anna’s Red
Helleborus are Native to Greece and Turkey and they do well in our climate, growing and flowering in the cooler months of the year and going dormant in the warmer, drier months. They are excellent in dry shade and ideal to grow under trees. One of the most spectacular varieties (amongst many) is Anna’s Red; a deep dark red flowered variety that will feature in the nursery this month.
We will also have about 20 other varieties of Helleborus in many colours and shapes, some in flower. Come in to find your favourite!