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Gardening Australia

Gardening Australia May 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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What a time in history to be a gardener. I have never been more grateful for the slice of green I have at home – a place to escape to during the days working in isolation. I think my kids appreciate it, too – finally. They lost interest as teenagers, but now seem to have a bit more appreciation for what’s going on out the back. As food and groceries vanished from the shelves in March, my son, now 20, said: You’ll be out there, Mum, planting vegies? It was part statement, part question – a way of seeking assurance on our food supply. I keep thinking about his comment, because it shows that somewhere in that young adult head are remnants of the knowledge that we are connected to the…

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Attractive to bees and butterflies, salvias are available in hundreds of colours and sizes, offering diverse plantings. New to the Wish Collection that supports Make-A-Wish Australia, Salvia ‘Kisses and Wishes’ is a compact, long-flowering shrub with fuchsia-coloured flowers throughout summer and autumn. Growing to about 80cm high by 80cm wide, it’s an ideal plant for flower borders and narrow garden beds. pma.com.au Pink roses are often given to mums on Mother’s Day, as they symbolise gratitude, joy and appreciation. ‘Follow Your Dreams’ (above) is a new fragrant Hybrid Tea rose with long-stemmed, rich pink flowers and glossy green foliage. The blooms repeat-flower quickly and can be cut to enjoy in a vase. Reaching 1.4m high by 1m wide, this rose makes a beautiful feature plant in the garden or a pot,…

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Give Mum the gift of flowers with a packet of seeds from the Gift of Seeds range, which includes chrysanthemums, snapdragons, echinacea and others. The packaging is made from recycled paper and doubles as a greeting card for your message. Included is an envelope for mailing, and a plant label to mark where the seeds are sown. Seeds for growing edibles such as herbs and leafy greens are also available. sownsow.com Save space and make a feature of your edible garden with Mr Stacky 5-tier stacking planters. You can grow up to 20 herbs or edible plants in the pots, and only the top pot needs to be watered. Made from UV-resistant polypropylene, the planters are available in stone, black or terracotta colours, in a choice of medium (78cm high by…

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PETAL THE WORLD OF FLOWERS THROUGH AN ARTIST’S EYE Adriana Picker Hardie Grant Books This compendium of exquisite botanical images of more than 200 flowers immediately evokes joy and awe. Botanical artist Adriana Picker has curated specimens from around the world to produce illustrations celebrating the beauty of a wide variety of flowers. The book is organised into plant types, including roses, exotic orchids, Australian natives and daises. The splendid illustrations are accompanied by writer Nina Rousseau’s words on the folklore, fame and meaning behind some of the best-known and lesser-known flowers. This book is a valuable addition to botanical art and a keepsake for anyone who loves flowers. CRANLANA: THE FIRST 100 YEARS THE HOUSE, THE GARDEN AND THE PEOPLE Michael Shmith Hardie Grant Books A visually appealing journey and fascinating historical account and…

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what’s on in may

NEW SOUTH WALES 8 TH Margaret Flockton Award Online Exhibition This exhibition is online only. Visit flickr.com/photos/botanicgardens-sydney/albums (02) 9231 8111. Exhibition of scientific botanical illustrations by the world’s leading illustrators. VICTORIA 23 RD –24TH Yarra Valley Bonsai Society Show 10am–4pm. Chirnside Park Community Hub, 33 Kimberley Dr, Chirnside Park. 0402 032 001. Gold coin donation. Bonsai and starter trees, pots and tools available for sale. A note from the editor... It’s slim pickings this month, as nearly all events have been cancelled. Information here is correct at the time of printing, but please call ahead or check the website before attending.…

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for the love of single roses

I love all roses, but over the years I’ve noticed my taste in roses change. While I used to love the blousy full doubles, I’ve now come to appreciate the simple, elegant beauty of single roses. They don’t have the strongest scent, nor are they the best roses to pick for a vase, but in the garden they have a refined beauty that is quite spectacular in its simplicity and purity of form. Bees agree with me and delight in them, and our buzzy friends can be found scurrying among the stamens in the ‘bowl’ of petals, sporting bright yellow or orange pantaloons of pollen. One of Australia’s legendary rosarians, the late David Ruston OAM, once commented on my love of single roses, saying, “Gentle people like single roses.” I still…