Sunday, 30 April 2017

May in the Australian Garden

Give deciduous fruit trees a clean-up spray with lime sulphur after their leaves fall.
Collect fallen autumn leaves. They’re ideal for composting.
Choose and plant autumn trees while they’re in full colour.
Flowers and Shrubs
This is the last-chance month for planting spring bulbs.
Purchase new season’s roses early from shops for the best selection.
Protect emerging orchid flower spikes with snail pellets.
Plant natives and winter flowers.
Fruit trees and vegetables
Plant citrus in all but frosty areas.
Transplant runners (sideways-growing pieces with some roots) from couch, kikuyu or Durban grass lawns to fill bare patches.
Feed the lawn to help maintain its green colour into winter.
What to sow this month 
Alyssum carpet of snow, English daisy, sweet peas, cineraria, pansies, poppies
Baby spinach, broad beans, spinach, lettuce, spring onion, rocket, coriander, onion, peas
Birth flowers for May

Traditional - Lily of the Valley
Humility, chastity, sweetness, purity, return of happiness.
Ancient Greeks believed they sprouted from the milk of Hera, the queen of the gods.
Lily of the Valley has been used in herbal medicine as a poison antidote, for the heart and epilepsy. It is said to have come from Eve's tears when she was kicked out of the Garden of Eden.
Called "the ladder to heaven" and "fairy ladders" in Ireland.

Australian - Wax flower (Crowea saligna)
Pink flowering compact evergreen shrub which spot flowers all year.
Aromatic foliage.
Needs sandy soil.

Quote of the month
"For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad." 

Edwin Way Teale

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