Sunday, 6 August 2017

August in the Australian Garden

Transplant deciduous trees and shrubs while they’re still dormant.
Flowers and Shrubs
Cut or pluck dead flowers from bulbs, allow leaves to die down naturally. Feed every week with soluble food.
Feed camellias after they finish blooming and trim back
Prune hibiscus, abutilons (Chinese lantern), acalyphas and poinsettias.
Pinch back geranium and fuchsia tips to encourage bushy growth.
If frosts are over, feed plants with blood and bone, compost or manure to mulch. Prune summer or autumn flowering shrubs.
Finish pruning roses in cold climates and trim summer flowering shrubs. Feed roses about four weeks after pruning.
Fruit trees and vegetables
Plan and prepare a new vegie bed.
Sow tomatoes indoors, ready to plant out once the soil is warmer.
Feed lawn
What to sow this month
Kangaroo paw
Capsicum, celery, carrots, chinese cabbage, cucumber, dwarf peas, Jerusalem artichoke, leek, lettuce, rocket, silver beet, spring onions, sweet basil, tomato
Birth flowers for July
Traditional - Gladiolas or Poppy
Remembrance, sincerity, strength of character.
Gladiolas are named from Latin "gladius" for sword.  Their beauty can pierce a heart  adding infatuation to its meanings.
Opium, from a poppy, was used in the ancient world to ease pain and bring on sleep. The Greeks associated poppies with both Hypnos, god of sleep, and Morpheus, god of dreams.
Australian - Grevillea buxifolia
Also called grey spider flower, an open rounded bushy shrub to 1.5m with reddish brown flowers.

Quote of the month
"Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle ... a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl.  And the anticipation nurtures our dream."
Barbara Winkler

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