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Gardening Australia

Gardening Australia March 2019

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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We’ve got a treat for you this month – a trip down memory lane as we mark the start of 30 years on air for Gardening Australia. Thirty years is a pretty good innings in television land, and to kick off a year of celebrations, the presenters recently got together to make a 90-minute birthday special, which you can see on February 15 or on iview. It’s lots of fun, seeing how gardening TV used to be – I love the reference on earlier shows to ‘the housewife’ not wanting to cook with the old beans, and the pruning demo done in the studio. Our story starts on page 35, and includes quotes from presenters old and new, as well as some excellent dancing caught on camera – looks like Clarence…

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Heucheras provide year-round foliage colour and prefer afternoon shade or dappled shade. The new hybrids, Heuchera ‘Caramel Curl’ (below) and H. ‘Chocolate Curl’, have ruffled leaves with purple undersides. Dainty cream-coloured flowers appear in spring. Frost and dry tolerant once established, they make a neat clump, growing to 30cm high and spreading up to 40cm. pga.com.au The Parfuma collection from Kordes showcases roses resistant to mildew and black spot, with extraordinary fragrance. ‘Kiss Me Kate’ (above) is a new vigorous climber that spreads to about 2m. Its fully petalled, soft pink blooms have an old-world form and a delicious citrus, apple and myrrh perfume. ‘Fruity Parfuma’ (right) also has flowers packed with many petals. The rich, coral-pink blooms have the intoxicating scent of ripe raspberries, rhubarb and a hint of patchouli.…

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Bendo pots and pot stands are made from lightweight powder-coated spun aluminium. The pots come in small and large sizes with a drainage hole and removable plug. The stands are available in a range of designs, including the Potplant plant stand (right), which can be used one way for small pots or flipped over for larger pots. Easy to clean, the pots and stands come in a choice of stylish colours. bendo.com.au Eco-fungicide is an organic control for fungal problems that helps to extend the harvest window of affected summer crops in the vegie patch. The fast-acting fungicide treats powdery mildew, black spot and rust on many plants, including cucumber, zucchini, tomato, grapevines, geraniums and roses. It works in two ways, tackling existing fungal outbreaks, while forming a protective coat on…

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YATES TOP 50 INDOOR PLANTS AND HOW NOT TO KILL THEM! Angie Thomas & Yates Australia HarperCollins Publishers Australia Aside from the aesthetic appeal, freshness and pleasure of indoor plants, they are wonderful for purifying the air for a healthier home. This book is packed with clear instructions and beautiful photographs, and is a helpful guide to successfully growing plants indoors. Advice includes how to pot, prune and nurture plants of all kinds, whether succulents, vines, flowers or small trees. If you’re considering how to introduce plants inside your home, or have been unsuccessful in growing them in the past, the information and images will inspire and encourage you to enjoy the beauty and accomplishment of indoor gardening, regardless of your skill level. NO-WASTE KITCHEN GARDENING REGROW YOUR LEFTOVER GREENS, STALKS, SEEDS, AND MORE Katie…

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ACT 2 nd –3rd , 16th –17th Open Gardens Various times and locations. 0411 055 938. $8 per garden, or $25 to join Open Gardens Canberra. A suburban garden with a wide variety of plants, a cottage garden, a community garden and two gardens with fruit and vegetables. opengardenscanberra.org.au 16 th March–14th April Art in the Gardens exhibition 9.30am–4.30pm. Visitors Centre, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross St, Acton. (02) 6250 9588. Free. Visit ‘More than just a pretty plant’, an exhibition of botanical art by Friends of the Gardens, featuring native plants and their uses. QUEENSLAND 16 th –17th Brisbane Garden & Plant Expo Sat 9am–4pm, Sun 9am–2pm. Doomben Racecourse, Hampden St, Ascot. 0437 110 789. $12. Interstate and local speakers, expert horticulturists. Information about organic and edible gardening. More than 100 stalls of plants, garden…

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snowdrops & snowflakes

There are two pendant white flowers with green markings on their petals that bloom in late winter. Both are popular garden plants grown from bulbs, and people often get them mixed up. Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis), which is native to a wide area of Europe, flowers from winter through to very early spring. It naturalises in Northern Hemisphere cold-climate gardens. Around the world, it has caught the eye of passionate collectors of the species, known as galanthophiles, with rare forms of snowdrops sometimes selling for a small fortune. Snowflake (Leucojum aestivum) is native to Central Europe and parts of the Mediterranean, where plants are found in damp fields, ditches and beside streams. It is also a winter- to spring-flowering bulb. Because it isn’t fussy about having to grow in a strictly cold climate,…