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Gardening Australia May 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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At Gardening Australia magazine, May means roses. It’s the start of the bare-rooted season, and there are always delicious new roses coming onto the market, as well as old beauties to hunt down and add to the garden. This year, we look at how to grow roses successfully in humid climates. A lot of Aussie gardeners live through hot, sticky summers, and there’s this idea that rose growing is hopeless, particularly in the tropics. But not so, says Paul Hains, president of the National Rose Society of Australia and resident of Brisbane. Turn to page 20 for his expert advice, as well as a list of seasonal rose care tasks, and how to do a simple winter prune and clean up. Over in not-so-tropical Perth, Josh Byrne shows us how he…

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growing stronger with seasol

We’ve been on a mission to help Australian gardeners for more than 40 years, and we’re still going strong. Our range of innovative, environmentally friendly fertilisers and plant tonics has been designed to keep gardens green and beautiful in challenging conditions. We’re proud to still be manufacturing Seasol in Tasmania, where we started. In fact, all of our manufacturing is done in Australia, and every component, from cartons to nozzles, is made here, too. We pride ourselves on our commitment to quality and an innovative approach. It seems to have been a winning formula! THE SEASOL STORY Seasol was invented in 1974 by chemist Ralph Bayer. He identified the amazing benefits of bull kelp and created a plant health tonic that produced improved quality and growth in plants. Ten years later, intrigued by…

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on the shelf plants

Orange flowers with a red tinge cover the ferny foliage of the low-growing, compact sub-shrub, Bidens ferulifolia ‘Campfire’. Bred to have large blooms, this perennial is both tough and pretty, with abundant flowers from autumn right through winter and into spring. It prefers full sun but will also tolerate semi-shade. Plants grow 20–25cm high and wide, making them ideal for hanging baskets, pots and low borders. aussiewinners.com.au Lovers of blue flowers will enjoy the new penstemon Blue of Zurich (Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Züriblau’). Foxglove-like bells of gentian blue, with pink at the base, adorn steep spikes above the narrow leaves. A favourite with butterflies and bees, this summer-flowering perennial grows 30–50cm high, and prefers full sun or semi-shade, along with good drainage. tesselaar.net.au Did you know mauve roses are said to convey love at first…

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on the shelf products

Protect your forearms from prickly roses and other plants with these Scratch Protector Gloves. Both the elbow-length cuff and snug-fitting glove are made from goatskin, offering comfort and flexibility while pruning, as well as ample protection from thorns. Available in blue, lavender (pictured), tan and green, in sizes small, medium and large; XL and XXL sizes are also available in green only. qualityproducts.com.au Organic fertilisers feed the soil first, and healthy soil means healthy plants, with fewer pest and disease problems. The new Richgro Organics fertiliser range includes specific formulations for different plants in the garden, from vegies through to citrus and other fruit trees, native plants, roses, palms and ferns. Also available in the range is a Potash Fruit & Flower Booster, and a Nitrogen Growth Booster for lettuce and other…

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EDITOR Jenny Baldwin HORTICULTURAL EDITOR Phil Dudman ART DIRECTOR Rachel Henderson ACTING CHIEF SUBEDITOR Kirsten Colvin SUBEDITORS Gina Hetherington, Kerrie Lee EDITORIAL COORDINATOR Carole Gridley HORTICULTURAL CONSULTANT Marianne Cannon ABC TV HOST Costa Georgiadis PRESENTERS Josh Byrne, Tino Carnevale, Jerry Coleby-Williams, Jane Edmanson, Millie Ross, Clarence Slockee, Sophie Thomson CONTRIBUTORS Steve Ball, AB Bishop, Tom Clifton/Acorn Photo, Leonard Cronin, Virginia Cummins, Tim Entwisle, Jackie French, Robert Frith/Acorn Photo, Paul Hains, Judy Horton, Arno King, Michael McCoy, Photography by Natsky, Martyn Robinson, Jennifer Stackhouse, Deryn Thorpe, Brent Wilson NATIONAL ADVERTISING MANAGER Anabel Tweedale, atweedale@nextmedia.com.au Phone (02) 9901 6371 DIRECTORIES ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Alora Edwards, aedwards@nextmedia.com.au Phone (02) 9901 6101 ACCOUNT MANAGER Annya Azzopardi, aazzopardi@nextmedia.com.au Phone (02) 9901 6320 PRODUCTION MANAGER Peter Ryman PRODUCTION AND DIGITAL SERVICES MANAGER Jonathan Bishop EXECUTIVE PRODUCER ABC TV Gill Lomas SERIES PRODUCER ABC TV Chris Paterson MANAGER PUBLISHING AND LICENSING, ABC COMMERCIAL Lisa Hunter BRAND MANAGER ABC MAGAZINES Jenni Powell EXECUTIVE…

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on the shelf books

TRANSFORMATIONS HARRIET AND HELENA SCOTT, COLONIAL SYDNEY’S FINEST NATURAL HISTORY PAINTERS Vanessa Finney NewSouth A detailed account of the lives of two talented sisters, who were responsible for the early documentation of many of the moths and butterflies native to Australia. The Scotts published numerous books detailing their studies, and later worked in broader areas of history and nature. Filled with their beautiful, intricate illustrations, this book is perfect for anyone with a passion for Australian history, nature and art. THIRTY THOUSAND BOTTLES OF WINE AND A PIG CALLED HELGA A NOT›SO›PERFECT TREE CHANGE Todd Alexander Simon & Schuster Australia Some years ago, Todd Alexander and his partner Jeff gave up successful careers and their inner-city lifestyle in Sydney, and bought a property in the New South Wales’ Hunter Valley wine region. They aimed to…