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Home & Garden
Gardening Australia

Gardening Australia July 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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2 min.

I remember reading once that the happiest people, based on profession, are butchers, hairdressers and gardeners. My theory for why is that they all cut stuff. Cutting stuff – or pruning – is a task that most gardeners will have to get their heads around sooner or later. Unless you grow only African violets or succulents, at some point you’re going to have to snip, trim, tidy, deadhead or structurally prune a plant. There is fun pruning, like the speedy dismemberment of a tipped-over salvia that I’m doing in these pictures – racing against the fading light, stems flying, and cat most upset to see one of her sleeping shelters destroyed – and there are jobs like the annual passionfruit prune, which is a task I fear, dread and put off…

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on the shelf plants

Burgundy roses signify deep passion, even more so than red roses, which makes Dolly’s Rose from Knight’s Roses a fitting choice to commemorate Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett. Dolly took her own life, aged 14, after suffering an extended period of bullying. Dolly’s Rose is strong in fragrance, which is high on the list for many people when choosing roses for the garden. Its large, cup-shaped blooms, which are 8–10cm in diameter and grow in clusters of three to five, are reminiscent of old-fashioned roses. The purple-burgundy colour becomes more intense on cooler days and teams well with red or pink roses. This medium-sized shrub, 50–80cm high, is tolerant of cold winters, with good disease resistance. For every Dolly’s Rose purchased online, $5 is donated to Dolly’s Dream, a charity set up by…

1 min.
on the shelf books

CARNIVOROUS PLANTS Dan Torre Reaktion Books The thought of plants trapping and eating insects, spiders and other small creatures certainly sparks the imagination and, indeed, carnivorous plants have featured in films and literature, with their powers often creatively embellished to arouse fear as people-eaters. We’re not inclined to think of plants deriving nourishment from ‘meat’ and yet there are currently more than 700 recognised species of carnivorous plants. This book features exquisite images of many of them, along with the author’s entertaining and comprehensive information on their evolution, structure, scientific background, and social and cultural history. SMALL GARDEN DESIGN Paul Bangay with photography by Simon Griffiths Lantern For people living in compact homes with small outdoor spaces, having a beautiful garden may seem out of reach. Internationally renowned landscape gardener Paul Bangay, known for his elegant, expansive…

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gardening australia

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, Leonard Cronin, Virginia Cummins, Tim Entwisle, Steve Falcioni, Jackie French, Judy Horton, Bruce Hutchison, Michael McCoy, Kim Woods Rabbidge, Martyn Robinson, Justin Russell, Jennifer Stackhouse, Brent Wilson ADVERTISING DIRECTOR 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 CHAIRMAN David Gardiner MANAGING DIRECTOR Hamish Bayliss COMPANY…

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on the shelf products

When garden tools keep rusting, despite all your cleaning efforts, or bend when you exert pressure on them, it’s time to find replacements that are made from more durable materials. The lightweight stainless steel Hand Trowel from Digadoo won’t bend or rust, even when you leave it out in the garden overnight, and should last a lifetime, enduring years of digging with no more than a few scratches to show for it. Made with a contoured handle, the trowel is 34cm long and weighs just 250g. digadoo.com.au Stylish Willow pots from Northcote Pottery look like ceramic pots but are lighter and stronger. Made from GRC (Glass Reinforced Concrete) – a stone mix that includes fibreglass – they won’t crack when knocked over by your furry friends or the forces of nature.…

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what's on in july

NATIONAL 28 TH National Tree Day A range of venues and times across Australia. Now in its 23rd year, this is the country’s largest community event for tree planting and nature protection. The aim is to plant 1 million native trees and shrubs. To find a public site or register your activity, visit treeday.planetark.org NEW SOUTH WALES 3 RD -6TH Fairfield District Orchid Society Winter Show Wed-Fri 8.30am-10pm, Sat 10.30am-2pm. Fairfield Forum, Station St. 0424 304 168. Free. Displays, plants for sale and orchid-growing advice. 13 TH Orchid Winter Fair 10-11.30am. Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, 2100 Pacific Hwy, Heatherbrae. (02) 4987 1655. $3. Advice on winter plant maintenance and pest control. Q&A session. Tour of orchid houses. Orchids, native plants and exotics for sale. Sausage sizzle ($3). huntergardens.org.au NORTHERN TERRITORY 13 TH –14TH Ester’s Open Garden 10am–4pm. 92 Bundey Rd,…