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.

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