Sunday, 23 July 2017

Understanding those washing symbols on clothes

How much notice do you take of the little symbols on the tags of your clothes that indicate how they should be laundered.

Here’s a summary of the main ones so you can create a reference sheet for the laundry and keep your clothes looking their best.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

July in the Australian Garden

On really cold days, why not head out to the shed and sharpen, clean, oil and maintain your garden tools. Sounds tedious, but it's really rewarding and will save you cash and plant illness in the long run.

Spray white oil to control sap-sucking pests such as aphids, woolly aphids and scale. Control snails and slugs 

Prune deciduous plants but leave pruning of spring flowering plants until after flowering. Plant deciduous trees and shrubs

Flowers and Shrubs
Prune roses (although wait until later in cold climates). Use sharp secateurs and a good quality saw. Spray bush and soil with lime after pruning. Check for suckers coming from below the ground. Remove as cleanly as possible.
Fruit trees and vegetables
Prune peaches, apples and other deciduous summer fruit trees.
Feed citrus towards the end of the month.
Top up mulch on your vegie patches, herb gardens and ornamental beds.
Cool to Cold Areas - It's bare rooting time in these areas! Get your deciduous fruit trees in now, including apples, pears, plums, peaches and nectarines.
Get rid of bindii now. Water lawn in dry  periods and mow when necessary.
What to sow this month
Delphinium, Dianthus
Broad beans, spinach, silverbeet, peas, seeded Potatoes (in frost free areas)

Birth flowers for July

Traditional - Larkspur or delphinium
Lightness, levity, open hearted and ardent attachment.
The larkspur is a variety of delphinium.
With its lush, dolphin-shaped flowers it is aptly named delphinium.
The gentle hues and refreshing fragrance of this flower give it a refreshing and distinctive natural beauty.

Australian - Dampiera (Dampiera diversifolia)
Named after explorer William Dampier.
A prostrate perennial creeper with small, purplish blue flowers

 Quote of the month

"How can those who do not garden, who have no lot in the great fraternity of those who watch the changing year as it affects the earth and its growth, how can they keep warm their hearts in winter?" Francis King 

Sunday, 4 June 2017

June in the Australian Garden

Spray water generously over frost-sensitive plants, before the sun hits their leaves in the morning, this may help prevent frost burn.

Now is the time to move a tree or shrub growing in the wrong place.

Leave any frost-damaged plants unpruned,

Plant deciduous trees, shrub and perennials.

Prepare beds for new winter plantings by digging in plenty of organic matter (such as compost or manure). Whether you’re planning new vegetables, herbs, roses, trees or flowers, preparation beforehand will ensure success.

Flowers and Shrubs
Plant new roses. A thick layer of straw around the base will protect the young stems in cold areas.

Prune hydrangeas and take cuttings to grow new plants. Only cut back those stems that flowered last season.

Control Petal blight which is a fungal disease that causes azalea flowers to rot on the bush.

Split up established daylilies and spread to other parts of the garden.

Plant Lilium bulbs. With their exotic flowers and gorgeous perfume, they are worth a place in any garden.

Plant hippeastrum bulbs with the top of the bulb protruding from the soil.

Prune sasanqua camellias after flowering has finished.

Lift congested lumps of perennials, Split clumps by hand. Replant the most vigorous parts and compost the rest.

Fruit trees and vegetables
Feed winter vegetables to keep them growing well.

Plant asparagus, bulb-forming shallots and rhubarb crowns.

Get rid of lawn weeds with a selective weed killer or Yates Weed’n’Feed. Check the label carefully to make sure these products can be applied to your lawn.

Cut grass higher to keep lawn thicker.

Control bindi before it seeds. Mow lawns lightly.

What to sow this month
Bellis, Candytuft, Canterbury bells, Delphinium, Dianthus, Gypsophila, Larkspur, Lobelia, Linaria, Malope, Mignonette, Statice, Viola
Asparagus crowns, Beetroot, Broad beans, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cress, Leek, Lettuce, Mustard, Onion, Peas, Potatoes, Radish, Shallot (bulbs), Spinach

Birth flowers for June

Traditional - Rose
Love, passion, beauty, perfection and appreciation.
Ancient Greeks believed that Aphrodite the goddess of love gave a rose to Eros the god of love.

Zephyrus, god of the West Wind, blew the clouds away so Apollo, the sun god, could shine and make the flower bloom. 

Cleopatra lured Mark Antony with a room knee-deep in rose petals.

Australian - Payne's heath (Thryptomene)
Long graceful arched branches common in florists. Pink or white flowers.