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Gardening Australia Aug-18

Australia’s number one monthly gardening resource, ABC Gardening Australia magazine is packed with step-by-step advice and stunning design ideas from its popular team of experts. Whether you are a novice gardener or have a green thumb and years of experience, you’ll find the advice you need.

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editor’s letter

DARLING BUDS BY DAY Those bare branches and pink blooms against a super-blue Aussie winter sky – gorgeous! I love tracking the flowering of magnolias near my home and office and after the magnolias come the azaleas (top)! Few plants stop me in my tracks the way a flowering magnolia does. I have the locations of certain exquisite specimens near my home and work mentally archived – information which lies low for 49 weeks of the year, but comes to the fore about now.And that’s sort of what deciduous magnolias do. As our writer says, once the flowers have fallen, magnolias “recede into green leafiness”, becoming just another tree in the garden. But boy, when it’s their turn to hop on stage, they do not hold back.Magnolias are featured…

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contact us

on Facebook at facebook.com/ABCGardeningAustraliamagazine and Instagram @gardeningaustraliamag to keep up to date with the latest gardening news and to see some great photos. Share your stories, tips, photos and opinions with us. Write to Your Say, Gardening Australia, nextmedia, Locked Bag 5555, St Leonards NSW 1590 or email yoursay@gardeningaustralia.com.au ■…

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what’s new

1 The beautiful new native Eucalyptus leucoxylon rosea ‘Scarlet’ is grafted onto E. leucoxylon rosea rootstock, which provides it with uniformity in height to 8m, exceptional flowering performance and vibrant flower colour. This small to medium tree suits gardens and verges, and needs full sun and well-drained soil. The open canopy casts lovely dappled shade. botanixplantsupply.com.au 2 The striking new hellebore hybrid ‘Double Reverse Picotee’ has been named to describe its rows of beautiful painterly petals with soft pink edges. Hellebores are tough and reliable winter-flowering perennials for shady spots, and ideal to mass plant under deciduous trees. This lovely flower reaches 45cm tall and is also suitable for pots. postofficefarmnursery.com.au 3 The neat, rounded habit of compact Nemesia ‘Plums and Custard’ from the…

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on the shelf

1. Handmade on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, these Ash & Earth Ceramic Planters in cobalt blue are perfect containers for indoor tabletop plants. As each planter has a drainage hole, they’re good for potted succulents outdoors, too. Available in two sizes. ashandearth.com.au 2. On a cold winter’s afternoon, take some time out of the garden to complete this fun, graphic Beetle Slow Puzzle. Packaged in a tube, it comes with adhesive so you can take your work of art to a framer and hang it on the wall. A different gift idea for gardeners or nature lovers. until.com.au 3. This Hand Sickle is a versatile tool for cutting back ornamental grasses, or culling tall weeds from around the garden or on gravel pathways. The carbon…

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A Guide to Native Bees of Australia by Terry Houston CSIRO Publishing Learn about the diverse population of native bees in Australia, from their life-cycle stages and nest structures to their social habits and relationships with plants. Beekeepers, natural history enthusiasts and entomologists – both amatuer and professional – will find it an essential guide for identification. A Zero Waste Life in Thirty Days by Anita Vandyke Penguin Random House One woman shares her 30-day challenge to transform herself from maximalist to minimalist. Along the way, she shares her tips for living a more sustainable life by making better choices when it comes to shopping, eating, travel and cleaning. Grand Melbourne Gardens …

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on the grapevine

Herbarium’s new digs A big change is underway for the 1.4 million plant specimens currently housed in the National Herbarium of NSW at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. These precious specimens, which include samples collected by botanists during Captain Cook’s voyage here in 1770 (below right), are moving to the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan. Construction of the new Centre of Innovation in Plant Sciences is due to start next year, and the existing site will be transformed into a science, horticultural and education centre. wildlife watch Designed for smartphones, QuestaGame is a multi-player game where the goal is to help preserve life on the planet. The global app shows players the wildlife in their area, and the aim is to find these and submit…