Cutting Flowers for a Vase

Flowers can say it all – ‘Get Well’, ‘Thank you’, ‘I’m sorry’, ‘Thinking of you’ etc etc these sentiments are expressed eloquently just by extending a blooming bundle of flowers. In this post there will be mention of cutting, preparation, storing and day-to-day care of cut flowers. If we grow these flowers it is a […]

What’s in those little sachets?

Ever wanted to know what’s in those little packets that are often included in quality cut flower bunches? AND do they make a difference to the longevity of your cut flowers? Recently I was given some beautiful cut flowers (like many other Mums for Mothers Day) with the flowers presented as a bunch and attached […]

Crop Rotation

Garden Clubs of Australia Committee Member, John Kitt has sent an informative and educational ‘lesson’ on crop rotation in our veggie patches.

Nasturtium

Although they can be vigorous to a fault, swathes of colourful nasturtiums give a garden an almost magical easy-care appeal. Nasturtium have over 80 species of annuals and perennials. They are easy-to-grow, whose leaves and flowers are both edible.These plants, with their bright greenery and vibrant flowers are good for either containers or ground covers. […]

Common Citrus Problems

A few guidelines for good citrus health with some organic remedies:   Keep an eye out for Bronze Orange Bugs – they often give away their presence by their foul smell. The young pale green nymphs appear in winter, their colour changing through orange to bronze as they grow into adults. They can be serious […]

Tillandsias

Part of the Bromeliad family, Tillandsias have many forms in cultivation and most produce brightly coloured appealing blooms on delicate flower spikes directly from the centre of each plant. These easy to grow, true ‘air plants’ are often used in display pieces on driftwood and tree branches. Perhaps the better known Tillandsias is ‘Old Man’s Beard’ Tillandsia […]

Mulching

Mulching Inorganic mulch used (on left) for a fantastic effect – Tarry gardenChampion 2018 Spring Garden Competition Thinking of sprucing up your piece of paradise in preparation for the 2019 Spring Garden Competition? Mulching might be the ‘icing’ on your garden ‘cake’ to make it look very spiffy for the judges come September. BUT choosing […]