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Gardening Australia

Gardening Australia September 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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With plants surging into fresh spring growth, I’m wondering: how do you feed your plants? I feed most plants a little bit, often, in the same way that a 13-year-old will leave his room every half-hour to refuel from the cracker barrel. On the other hand, my Italian neighbour, who grows roses – and only roses – in his front yard, has an annual ritual of laying a bag of manure at the base of each plant, scraping away the topsoil and digging the good stuff in. The roses are beautiful. If your answer to the feeding question is “I don’t”, is that because the fertiliser market can be confusing? Our story on page 54 guides you through the jungle of organic versus inorganic, liquid versus pelletised, and more. A well-nourished…

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on the shelf plants

A new release in the Princess Lilies range of dwarf alstroemerias, Alstroemeria ‘Katiana’ features bright red, lily-like flowers atop green leaves that are edged with white. Flowering from spring to autumn, it has a compact habit (30cm high by 40cm wide), making it ideal for potted gardens and low borders. Grow plants in full sun or part shade, providing adequate moisture during hot weather. When planted in the garden, Princess Lilies multiply and spread slowly with their tuberous, fleshy, underground roots. The plants are drought-tolerant once established. ramm.com.au In areas with increasingly hot, dry summers, choosing plants with low water requirements, such as Caucasian cornflower (Centaurea bella) from Lambley Nursery, helps to ensure a flourishing garden. It features long stems, each topped with an amethyst-pink flower, along with low, clump-forming, greyish…

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NATURE HEALS AN INTRODUCTION TO NATURE›BASED THERAPIES IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND Virginia Field, Karen Gray & Kerryn Coombs-Valeontis Bad Apple Press Nature-based therapies – such as horticultural therapy, green therapy and ecotherapy – are gaining momentum, their value and success increasingly supported by emerging research. This book showcases the varied and specialised aspects of nature-based therapies in Australia and New Zealand, beginning with an overview of their origins. Different activities are outlined, along with their application in diverse settings. A section of the book includes examples of programs for children, youth at risk, older people, refugees, cultural groups, carers, prison inmates, and those living with physical challenges, mental illness, substance abuse or trauma. These stories demonstrate how connecting with nature has a positive impact on health and wellbeing in our communities. NATURALISTIC PLANTING…

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Garden gloves protect your hands from scratches, stings and bites. These Grip Gardening gloves from Foxgloves Australia fit like a second skin, protecting your arms, too, with their extra length. You can feel the plants through them, and the silicone grip ovals on the palms give you a more secure hold when performing fiddly tasks. Made from a breathable knit fabric, they are available in four colours. foxglovesdirect.com Looking for attractive pots to show off your indoor plants? Hide your black plastic pots inside these contemporary Brussels pots from Elho. The sustainable flowerpots are made from recycled plastic and are available in a range of versatile colours to match any decor. Because they’re watertight, they won’t leave water marks on your furniture. The pots are available in a range of sizes…

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whats on in september

NATIONAL 2 ND – 8TH Landcare Week Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Landcare is a movement of more than 6000 groups and thousands of volunteers across Australia working to protect our environment. Grab your gardening gloves and find a group near you at landcareaustralia.org.au 9 TH – 15TH National Organic Week Costa Georgiadis is the ambassador of this initiative that encourages us to “taste the difference, feel the difference, make a difference”. Help increase awareness of the health and environmental benefits of organic products by joining an event or organising your own at organicweek.net.au VICTORIA 23 RD Aug – 27TH Sept Hancock’s Daffodils 11am–4pm. Cnr Belgrave–Gembrook and Grantulla Rds, Menzies Creek. (03) 9754 3328. Free. Colourful, extensive garden display at this beautiful daffodil farm in the Dandenong Ranges. daffodilbulbs.com.au 5 TH – 15TH Kyneton Daffodil & Arts Festival 10am–4pm. Various…

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poppy love

Over the years, poppies have had special significance for me. The red flower associated with Anzac Day and Remembrance Day is the Flanders poppy (Papaver rhoeas), which flourished in Europe’s devastated battlefields during the First World War, inspiring soldier and poet John McCrae to write, “We shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders fields”. A story I filmed for Gardening Australia about the people who knitted and crocheted the 62,000 red poppies displayed at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the war, was one of my favourites. A couple of years earlier, they handcrafted 300,000 red poppies for a tribute garden at London’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This huge outdoor carpet of poppies was an extraordinary sight – a great memorial…