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Gardening Australia

Gardening Australia April 2020

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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Oh no. Chokos. It was always just as we were about to leave my Nan and Pop’s place. Suddenly, someone would remember, “Oh, you’ll have to take some chokos, and Nan would go to collect a few – a few in choko terms being a couple of bags’ worth. To my kid’s eye, they were strange lumpy things that were now going to blight my dinner plate. Fortunately, the large, cratered specimens I saw as a child are not the only version of this vegie. Jackie French counsels to pick them very, very small, and shares a few recipes that may get even the most hardened choko hater back on board. On a more serious note, this month we bring you the first of our stories on gardening after the fires. Having…

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Geums are long-flowering perennials with clump-forming leaves that smother weeds while giving rise to nodding flowers on wiry stems from spring to summer’s end. They like full sun or semi-shade, and are frost and drought tolerant once established. Growing up to 40cm high by 40cm wide, they suit rockeries, borders and containers. New releases include Geum coccineum ‘Primrose Cottage’ (right) with pale lemon flowers, G. ‘Can Can’ (below left) with frilly, double, pale yellow flowers with a hint of peach, and G. ‘Pink Petticoats’ (below right) with peach-pink to pale orange petals and a lemon centre. planterspatch.com.au Bearded iris are no-fuss, clumping plants that come in a beautiful range of colours. The blooms of ‘Lavender Park’, a new release from Tulips with a Difference, are a combination of lavender, mauve and…

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New from Mr. Fothergill’s, the Bee Sanctuary Kit is a great way to attract pollinators to your garden. Included in the kit is a weatherproof, non-toxic wooden bee sanctuary and a packet of mixed flower seeds, which will give a 2m2 flower garden. The kit provides a safe nesting area and good food supply for Australian native solitary bees. Simply hang the bee sanctuary on a tree trunk or branch near where you sow the flower seeds. mrfothergills.com.au The lightweight Telescopic Rake makes it easy to tidy up fallen leaves under shrubbery and in other hard-to-reach places. It has 15 strong metal tines that can be adjusted in width to suit different jobs, and a twist-lock mechanism for extending the handle. It also reduces to 1m long, making it ideal for…

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AN AUSTRALIAN GARDEN REIMAGINING A NATIVE LANDSCAPE Philip Cox Thames & Hudson This book comprises photographs that capture the splendour of an Australian native bushland garden in a private retreat. Philip Cox is an eminent Australian architect who, with a group of like-minded friends, bought 80ha on the far south coast of New South Wales about 40 years ago. Integrating his aesthetic principles of vista, light, texture, colour and mass with the natural environment, he created a diverse and enticing bushland garden that features ancient trees, cycads, ponds, lakes and extensive bushwalks. The concept of this garden, as conveyed in beautiful images, reinforces the importance of creating and maintaining Australian native gardens and landscapes. FLIGHT LINES Andrew Darby Allen & Unwin Nature is amazing. As gardeners, we should appreciate the wonder of birds, bees, worms…

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ACT 18 TH Apr–17TH May The Legacy of Banks and Solander 9.30am–4.30pm. Visitors Centre Gallery, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross St, Acton. (02) 6250 9588. Free entry. Exhibition of botanical drawings and paintings featuring banksias and native flora by the Friends of the ANBG’s Botanic Art Group. All artwork is for sale. QUEENSLAND 18 TH –19TH Wondai Garden Expo Sat 8am–4.30pm, Sun 8am–1pm. Wondai Sportsground & Lions Pavilion, Bunya Hwy, Wondai. (07) 4168 9297. $5. Horticultural show, garden and home products, speakers, entertainment. Run in conjunction with South Burnett Orchid Society Annual Show at Wondai RSL Club (Sat 9am–3pm). wondaigardenexpo.com VICTORIA Until 19 TH Apr Tesselaar KaBloom Festival of Flowers 10am–5pm. Tesselaar Flower Farm, 357 Monbulk Rd, Silvan. (03) 9737 7722. $26.50; children free. Millions of blooms to see in the Tesselaar flower fields (pictured) in the…

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20 flowers to sow now!

Flowers make us happy. There’s lots of research to prove this, but you can see it for yourself: give someone a bunch of flowers and watch them smile. It’s lovely to buy flowers from the florist or local markets, but nothing beats wandering out into the garden, secateurs in hand, to pick a posy. While most garden plants produce flowers that can be picked and arranged in a vase, planting a special picking garden, perhaps as part of the vegie patch or even in a large pot or trough, will yield masses of flowers that you can cut for the vase without spoiling the show in the garden. Annual flowering plants grow and flower within a year, and these are usually grown by gardeners from seed or seedling. Great choices to plant…