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Gardening Australia February 2021

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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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Last year, as my troubled gardenia started to produce serious buds, serious enough that I thought, “You’re actually going to flower this year!”, I fell into a daily routine of examining the plant quite closely. Were the buds holding? Did they look like they might open? Was the plant getting too much sun? Did it need more water? Amid all the watching and waiting, I noticed something. I’d left one of those green ties on the trunk of the plant where the label had been attached. And as the trunk had thickened quite a bit over two years, it was now effectively ringbarked. Leaving ties on a plant is such a rookie error, and as a non rookie, I should know better. But as the Paul Kelly song goes, “I’ve done all…

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Hydrangea flowers can now be enjoyed for almost half the year with the new ‘Magical Revolution’. Starting off either pastel pink or blue in spring, they’ll bloom for up to 150 days, changing with the seasons to become deep burgundy in autumn. Growing to a compact 60–70cm tall and wide, they are a perfect fit for containers or garden beds. Potted hydrangeas can also be brought inside for a short time to enjoy as a living bouquet. pma.com.au Flower Carpet roses bloom in large clusters from spring through to late autumn. They self-clean their spent flowers, and need little or no pruning. Available in February, ‘Mini Cherry’ is covered in vibrant red flowers on a low, compact shrub that’s 50cm high by 60cm wide. Grow them as low hedges, borders or in…

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YATES TOP 50 EDIBLE PLANTS FOR POTS AND HOW NOT TO KILL THEM! Angie Thomas & Yates Australia HarperCollins Publishers Australia Interest in gardening, particularly in growing fresh food, has increased greatly in recent times. Even if you have limited outdoor space – whether you’re in an apartment or have a small backyard – you can still grow your own produce in pots, hanging baskets or vertical gardens, in courtyards or on balconies, patios or windowsills. With beautiful photographs and an easy-to-use format, this book provides a wealth of information and advice on how to effectively grow food in compact spaces, and is a useful guide for all gardeners, from beginners through to the more experienced. LIVING WITH THE ANTHROPOCENE Edited by Cameron Muir, Kirsten Wehner & Jenny Newell NewSouth Subtitled Love, Loss and Hope…

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hoya hang a

Allow me for a moment to wax lyrical about my love of hoyas. It’s hard to believe this remarkable group of vining plants, which are also known as wax flowers, ever went out of fashion. Hanging baskets full of glossy, trailing leaves and waxy, perfumed flowers were ubiquitous in the 1970s home, then they fell out of favour and were banished to a corner of the shadehouse, or discreetly hung on the side of the pergola. Now, it’s hip to be hoya. Hundreds of different species and cultivars are available, each with intriguing foliage forms, textures and patterns. There are the old favourites, Hoya carnosa and H. australis, but there are also varieties such as the highly sought after H. kentiana ‘Variegata’ and H. obovata ‘Splash’, which have transformed collecting into a…

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tammy’s top 5

over a mini wire trellis or allow to trail over the side of the pot. A real collector’s item. 2. H. carnosa The classic wax plant, this hoya has long, slender vines covered in thick, glossy leaves that can be crinkled (H. ‘Krinkle 8’), variegated (H. ‘Krimson Queen’) or freckled white (H. ‘Royal Hawaiian Purple’). 3. Valentine hoya (H. kerrii) This is the sweetest hoya of them all, with its heart-shaped leaves and baby-pink flowers. There is also a variegated form, ‘Variegata’, which typically has creamy-white margins around the leaf edges. 4. Indian rope (Hoya ‘Compacta’) The crinkly, twisted foliage is so unusual that you just have to have it! It’s also available in variegated forms, with the variegation on either the outside or inside. 5. H. imbricata I’ve saved the best for last.…

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time to strike

Hoyas readily strike from stem cuttings, so it’s easy to multiply your collection or help friends grow theirs. In spring or summer, take a 10–15cm cutting and remove the lowest pair of leaves to expose the node. Keep at least two leaves on the cutting. Place the cutting in a glass of water, ensuring the node is submerged, and wait until it develops roots. Once roots are 5–10cm long, pot up the cutting in a well-draining mix and water in with liquid seaweed diluted to half the recommended strength. You can also try striking the cutting in moist sphagnum moss or a propagating mix consisting of coir peat and perlite.…