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July in the Garden 2022!

July is here, which means that half of the year is over already, and we are officially heading into the peak of winter with its daily dose of cold and rain! Don’t let the drab slow you down this winter. There is much to do in winter to get prepared for the spring growth plus you can enjoy the many benefits of gardening! Boost your physical and mental wellness, give yourself a sense of accomplishment, relieve some stress, boost your immune system and if you have a veggie patch, you get free nutritious veggies!!

Currently, Lavenders, Camellias, Daisies, Pansys and Violas are blooming beautifully and so are some natives such as Grevilleas, Banksias, Hakeas, Proteas and Kangaroo Paws. We can also start harvesting some winter veggies such as broccoli and snow peas. Some winter flowering bulbs are starting to bloom, such as the eager Daffodils!

June Garden Gardening Melbourne Australia Victoria

With our list of things to do, winter will fly by and you’ll be ready to hop into spring!

What’s in store!?

Bare Rooted Trees! 

A Farmer with Bare Root Fruit Trees

Bare-roots trees and roses are here! In winter, plants go dormant and they transplant much easier than when they’re in leaf. This includes your roses, fruit trees and deciduous ornamentals such as Poplars, Elms, Ash’s and Oaks, just to name a few. Every year, nurseries supply vast amounts of bare-rooted plants at much cheaper prices than if they were in their pots. This is because they are easier to store and transport, thus keeping costs low.

Choose trees with a good structure or framework. Check for any splits. And remember to prune your fruit and ornamental trees back before planting. This pruning is to remove any damaged branches and roots as well as prepare the overall shape for the spring.

We have a big range of bare-rooted fruit trees and ornamental trees already in-store and more coming in pretty soon, so keep an eye out for those on our website. Here are some that we have already received:

Now is the time to plant your Bare rooted plants!

It’s that time of year again! Bare-root is BACK and we have loads of Bare Rooted Roses ready to go in-store. In winter, plants go dormant and dormant plants transplant much easier and stress-free than when they’re in leaf.

Bare Rooted Trees! 

We have a nice selection of bare-rooted trees in-store and new ones coming in every week, including fruit and nut trees.

Click here to see more Bare Rooted Trees!

Bare Root Roses!

Now is the best time of the year to purchase your standard roses as we have hundreds of beautiful quality roses in stock. Whether you want 20 of the same colour or perhaps a fantastic mix of different colour roses depending on the garden colour scheme of your choice, you can get all of them in-store here in Campbellfield! We also have bulk packs of 5 roses at discounted prices.

We have the classic iceberg varieties in 3ft and many colour varieties in 3ft and 4ft standards.

Click here to see more Bare Rooted Roses!

For more on how to plant your Bare Root Roses, Click here!

 



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If you’re starting a new garden bed you a whole new garden, winter can be a great time to start planning it. Once you’ve completed some of the steps below you can start to plan out where you will want to plant that new hedge or vegetable patch, build up an entirely new garden bed or landscape the whole backyard! We understand that this can sometimes be a little daunting so if you’re unsure, speak to one of our sales staff about our Free Garden Design service with Chris. He will be able to assist you with all your future garden plans!

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Top Specials for the Month!

We have some absolute bargains in store and online too! With such little prices, you can easily fill up your garden without breaking the bank!

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Box Balls

English Box Balls are a very stylish way to add a point of interest in the garden. They can compliment modern gardens, can provide a strong textural contrast to flowers & foliage in a cottage garden, enhance very formal gardens or excel in large pots as a feature in almost any garden or patio.
English Box Balls are hardy in extreme heat & cold, full sun through to deep shade & can grow in almost any soil type as long as it is not water logged. They’re slow growing & only require trimming 2 – 3 times per year.


Native Plants

Native plants are beautiful! They provide shelter and food for wildlife and promote biodiversity and stewardship of our natural heritage. They are unique because they are perfectly suited to the environment that they belong to. This means that they should survive on local rainfall patterns and in the local soil! Here is a selection of the most popular varieties we have in store right now!


Click here to see all of our Natives!

Winter Garden Colour

Very often we tend to think of winter as being a very dull time of the year for the garden. We have put together a little selection of plants that will flower in winter or just add a splash of colour thanks to their vibrant foliage!

Winter Flowers

Winter gardens are not so dull with these beauties, that bloom when the rest of the garden has little to offer!

We have a whole article about Winter flowering plants. Click here to read it!

Ground Covers

Groundcovers

These do not grow taller than 10-15cm, are very low maintenance and do great in small spaces that tend to be overrun by weeds.

Click here to see more groundcovers!

The Vegetable Garden

Planting Veggies in Melbourne’s Winter is very rewarding!

It’s truly cold now, but it is just what some veggies love! Many people are concerned that nothing will survive in the cold weather, but that is just wrong because many winter veggies thrive and grow so well in the cold weather! It is even easier as you will rarely need to water the garden!

You can plant the whole range of brassicas such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussel sprouts.
Leafy greens such as Asian greens like mizuna, tatsoi, pak choi, lettuce, rocket, spinach, mustards, spring onions, leek, kale and swiss chard.
Legumes such as Snow Peas and Sugar snap peas are very easy plants to grow right now, just make sure to provide some trellis for them.
Root crops such as radish, beetroot, turnips, swedes, parsnips, carrots, onions, potatoes and garlic. All of those would take 2-3 months before harvest, except for radish which is ready in just 30 days, while potatoes take between 90 and 170 days and garlic that takes about seven to eight months!

You can now remove any protective netting that you were using to safeguard the brassica and Asian green plants from the Cabbage White Moth and its hungry progeny, the caterpillars. As the weather has cooled enough, the moths or butterflies no longer pose a problem.

Asparagus Time to cut back the asparagus to the ground, which has yellowed as expected and then top-dress the plants with a combination of compost, aged cow manure and some slow-release fertiliser pellets.

Check out our available range of fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Some great companion plants for all these are herbs are sage, winter thyme, parsley, mint, chives, coriander, dill, oregano, marjoram. They deter pests such as caterpillars. Basil does not tolerate the cold and should be grown in warmer months.

Edible Flowers

Flowers such as Nasturtiums, Calendula and Borage are great for the winter patch! They add colour, diversity, repel pests and most importantly are tasty and pretty additions to salads!


To see our full selection of Fruits, veggies and herbs in store. Click Here!

 

Garden Tasks!

Preparing the garden. Everything is bare so time to prepare!

Pruning

This is a big one! Winter is when all major pruning is done because you can see the full structure of the plant and remove any problem branches. Fruit trees, deciduous trees and roses in particular benefit from a good prune. Fruit trees bear fruit more prolifically and look healthy after a good prune.

Pruning Standard Roses

1. Remove all the new, soft growths.

2. Cut back any dead, damaged or dying wood.

3. Remove all the suckers. These are buds that are growing from the understock and are found below the bud union.

4. You should cut it back so that it resembles a claw, don’t worry if you think you have been too ruthless. The plant should have 4-5 main leaders ready for next season.

Your rose will now have been cut by almost 2/3 of what it was. It may look like a lot but it is necessary and they love it! If you’re unsure, ask our staff or take a walk around the neighbourhood and find some of your local rose enthusiasts. Check out how much they will have cut their roses back by and you will be surprised! That’s one of the reasons they have such beautiful roses.

Pruning roses Melbourne australia

See how the big standard rose has been trimmed back, even though it had lots of leaves and flowers? This ensures that common rose diseases such as Blackspot, Powdery Mildew or Rust do not spread and affect the whole plant, since they are more vulnerable to those diseases during winter.

Pruning Fruit Trees

 

 

Protect your plants from Frost!

Frost on leaves

Frost forms from water vapour in the air, coming in contact with an object that is below freezing temperature. So basically, when the moisture in the air touches a cold windscreen, the moisture sticks to the windscreen and turns to ice!

When it comes to our plants, they expel energy continuously through the day and the night. Energy is warmth! During the day, their expelled energy is replaced by radiant heat from the sun, but at night time they become cooler as their warmth is not continually replaced. When the plant cools enough to get to freezing temperatures, frost can then form on its leaves.

Some plants can handle frost better than others. The moisture inside of the plant’s cells freeze and, like all frozen water, it expands, which can cause stress on the cells and therefore damage to the plant. When the ice is quickly thawed by the morning sun, it causes the most damage to the plant.

If your plants have been damaged by frost, don’t cut off the damaged foliage until the frosts have finished as this dead foliage will actually act as protection for future frosts.

How to tackle frost

  • Cover your frost-sensitive plants with sheets, newspaper or straw, making sure to remove them the following day.
  • Lightly water your plants before sunrise by a sprinkler system (or by hand if you’re really keen!) This can prevent frost from forming. You can lightly water frost affected plants, which gently thaws the ice, reducing the damage from the frost.
  • Use plastic sleeves and stakes to protect plants in open areas


Weed Control

Arctotheca calendula Capeweed in flower

Arctotheca calendula Capeweed in flower

Weeds don’t have a seasonal preference, they’ll turn up any time! But our one saving grace is they turn up less often in winter and the established ones that need to come out are easier to see. The soil is moist, which makes it easier to pull out these little suckers.

For the tougher weeds like clumps of Crowsfoot and Crabgrass, Dandelions or Oxalis you made need a tool to get the whole root out. The importance of getting the whole root out is so it doesn’t re-sprout. We don’t want to have to weed again! You can use a hoe or even a butter knife.

Drainage

Keep an eye out for drainage problems in the garden. After heavy rains, you can easily spot places in the garden that accumulate water and form little pools. These spots are ideal for plants that do not mind waterlogged soil. You can also use gypsum or clay breaking liquid to break up the clay soil and amend it with lots of compost and organic matter, which will improve the drainage.

Transplanting and moving

With the nice cool weather, it is an ideal time to move or transplant plants as the plants have time over winter to grow new roots and be ready for spring. You can repot plants that have outgrown their pots and are getting root-bound. Remove the plant and trim some of the roots at the bottom, shake off some old soil and add some fresh ones at the bottom of the pot to give your plant a fresh start. They will love it!

Fungal Disease

Leaf curl is mainly a disease of peaches and nectarines, though it may also affect almonds and apricots. It’s caused by the fungus Taphrina deformans and occurs wherever peaches and nectarines are grown. Some symptoms are leaves that are entirely or partially curled, distorted, and are initially pale green in colour before turning red or purple. This will result in fruit that has raised, irregular rough patches, usually red in colour. Such fruit often falls prematurely.

You can treat this with commercially available copper or lime-based fungicide sprays just during bud swelling, but before they have opened. Once opened it is too late to spray as the leaves will get damaged.

Spray Now to avoid Spring disease

That is all for this July 2022 in the Garden tips and tricks article, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Wishing you all the best, keep yourself warm and safe this winter!

Hello Hello Plants.

Top 10 Plants for Tall Pleaching

Simply an elevated hedge on clear, strong trunks, pleaching is an elegant style of hedging. As well as making a very dignified garden feature, the pleached hedge has several important advantages in landscape design that a conventional hedge lacks. 

Creates space

In small spaces, such as a courtyard or townhouse garden, a pleached hedge creates the illusion of space. The cleared understory opens up the possibility of a two-storey garden, where contrasting textures and colours can be artfully planted underneath against the bare pleached trunks.  

Tall yet narrow screening

Pleaching allows large, tall-growing plants to be grown in a narrow bed without looking clumped and crowded. As they require regular maintenance to keep the elegant pleached form it also keeps these large screening shrubs and trees in check. 

A feature with form and functionality

Where a hedge may be necessary to screen out adjacent buildings, roads or neighbouring windows, it turns a boring necessity into a very attractive and functional feature. 

Example of pleached trees in an English cottage garden.

Pleached hedges are suitable for Formal, Modern, Tropical, and even Cottage gardens. What’s important is choosing the right variety of plants to pleach for the particular conditions and garden style.

Here are some points to note when picking the right plant for your pleaching project.

Maintenance
Pleaching requires a regular maintenance to keep the hedge looking lovely and neat, and those bare trunks bare!
Some plants will grow faster than others so you need to make sure you have the time to maintain the look you want.

Trunks
The trunks of the plants are going to be a main feature and thus kept bare. So keep in mind what kind of appearance you want your trunks to have. Usually nice, straight trunks are selected for uniformity. However, some people may like a more twisted or bendy trunk. Or will you might want multiple bare trunks!

And remember to prune the lower branches off neatly. The trunks need to be clean, clear trunks, not bumpy, knobbly ones.

 

Top 10 Plants for Tall Pleaching

  1. Gracillis ‘Slender Weavers’ Bamboo
  2. Prunus lausitanica ‘Portuguese Laurel’
  3. Prunus laurocerasus ‘Cherry Laurel’
  4. Pyrus ussuriensis ‘Manchurian Pear’
  5. Pyrus calleryana ‘Everscreen’ Pears
  6. Ficus hillii ‘Flash’
  7. Waterhousia floribunda‘Weeping Lilly Pilly’
  8. Carpinus ‘European Hornbeam’ Tree
  9. Fagus ‘European Beech Tree’ Green
  10. Photinia robusta ‘Red Robin’


Gracillis
‘Slender Weavers’ Bamboo 

Gracilis is a unique and tall narrow screen for a confined area. It can withstand partial shade and requires regular watering (we recommend a watering system installed). It can look untidy unpleached, making it a fabulous option for pleaching!

It is very easy to trim and train, and unlike conventional pleached hedges will have multiple bared trunks on display.

Plant 1.5m apart. 

 

Prunus lausitanicaPortuguese Laurel’

With its large, deep green foliage and dense habit, this is an all-time classic for pleaching. It needs good drainage otherwise very hardy, versatile and easy to shape and maintain. Portuguese Laurel is shade and frost tolerant too, being a popular choice in rural areas. It also produces elegant, long white flowers in early summer.

Plant anywhere between 80cm to 1.5m apart.

Beautiful pleached specimens

Prunus laurocerasus ‘Cherry Laurel’ 

Suitable for large or grand pleached hedges with its large, glossy green foliage. It is probably the best plant to be grown in shade or in competition with an existing canopy. Cherry Laurel is very fast-growing, easy to shape and maintain. It is free from pests and diseases and is extremely frost hardy. Another rural property favourite.


Plant anywhere between 80cm to 1.5m apart.

Pyrus ussuriensis ‘Manchurian Pear’

If you want a pleached hedge with real character and interest then pick up the ‘Manchurian’ Ornamental Pear. Their horizontal branch structure makes them the best ornamental pear to be pleached. The ‘Manchurian’ Pear has naked branches covered in white blossom in late winter to early spring. Beautiful lush green foliage appears in spring through summer until late April when it begins its autumnal show. 

Apart from being a colourful character-filled tree, the Manchurian Pear will allow late autumn and winter sun through to the plants and garden beneath it.

Plant 1.5m-2m apart. 

Pyrus calleryana ‘Everscreen’ Pears

Where a tall, fast-growing pleached screen is required, the evergreen ‘Everscreen’ Pear is a great choice. It is capable of growing up to 2m a year, tolerant of most soil and weather conditions and will maintain its lovely green foliage throughout the winter in warmer climates.

Pleached Pear Trees

In rural Victoria, you can expect to see the leaves fall in autumn. However, within the city of Melbourne, they stay on the tree!

Plant 1.5m-2m apart

Click here to read more about  ‘Everscreen’ Pears 

Ficus hillii ‘Flash’

One of the most versatile and easy to grow pleaching plants, the Ficus ‘Flash’ is simply one of the most popular hedging plants around. Fast, tough, sun-loving, non-flowering, easy to trim and shape, salt, wind and heat tolerant! What more could you ask for!

For best results, Ficus need moderate to good drainage and are best kept away from water pipes and pools. They are also frost sensitive so unfortunately not ideal in rural or frost-prone areas.

Plant anywhere between 80cm to 1.5m apart

 

Waterhousia floribunda‘Weeping Lilly Pilly’

An elegant Australian native plant with cascading foliage, the ‘Weeping Lilly Pilly’ is a fast-growing and easy to trim pleaching hedge. It is a good choice where a less formal or very modern look is required and, rarely growing flowers, makes it a good choice near pools. Weeping Lilly Pilly can be grown in full sun to part shade positions, preferring well-drained, moist, rich soils.

Plant 1m-1.5m apart

 

Carpinus ‘European Hornbeam’ Tree

Hornbeam trees are ideal for use as a hedge, screen, or windbreak. They produce attractive leaves that are dark green through the summer and fade to yellow in the fall. They also bear white/cream and grey flowers.

Hornbeams have extremely hard wood which is protected by smooth grey bark. They are narrow and upright when young, gradually widening as they age. Hornbeams are a top tree for pleaching.

 

Fagus ‘European Beech Tree’ Green

Beeches are an old European classic and are commonly used (but uncommonly known) as gorgeous pleached screens. In fact the tallest and longest hedge in the world is made of Beech! Being a deciduous tree, when it comes to autumn the Beech makes a feature out of the hedge, turning rich golds, highlighting their smooth barked trunks underneath.
Beech should be trimmed during their dormancy as the framework and structure of the tree are more visible at this time.

Plant 1-1.5 apart.

 

Photinia robusta ‘Red Robin’

If you’re after a bit of colour in your pleached hedge, look no further! Photinia are notorious for their vibrant red new growth, which you can see for miles. The ‘Red Robin’ variety has smaller and more vibrant leaves than the regular robusta, creating a wonderfully compact and dense hedge. The red new growth then turns to a gorgeous, deep green glossy foliage. Photinia are hardy, tolerating frosty and drought conditions. And their bare trunks contrast beautifully against the red or green foliage, being a sooth, light grey.

Plant anywhere between 80cm to 1m apart

 

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World Environment Day!

World Environment Day is celebrated worldwide on June 5. A platform for action, World Environment Day is for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment.

Origins of the World Environment Day

It’s the 48th World Environment Day this year, and the first one took place in Stockholm, Sweden in 1972.  Back then, it was the first major conference of it’s kind. The aim was to focus on the development of environmental politics, and environmental issues, and to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment. The responsibility for the primary celebrations rotates to a different country each year.

“With 1 million species facing extinction, there has never been a more important time to focus on biodiversity.”

 

Threats to Biodiversity

Australia has such diverse unique flora and fauna!

‘Many of the Earth’s ecosystems are nearing critical tipping points of depletion or irreversible change, pushed by high population growth and economic development. By 2050, if current consumption and production patterns remain the same and with a rising population expected to reach 9.6 billion, we will need three planets to sustain our ways of living and consumption.’

Human activities have significantly disturbed three-quarters of the world’s land surface. Two-thirds of ocean areas are also impacted by human activity, through overfishing, industrial pollution and oil spills, and garbage accumulation. Wildlife species are disappearing tens to hundreds of times faster now than in the past 10 million years. By 2030, the world may have lost one out of every four known species. Scientists have declared this the sixth mass extinction event in world history. At current rates of species extinction, the sixth event is on track to be more severe than the one that wiped out the dinosaurs.

Here are the 6 main threats to Biodiversity:

  1. Climate Change
    An increase in the temperature of the atmosphere has major effects on the environment such as the seasons, rising sea levels, glacial retreats, floods, and as we have seen here in Australia, more bush fires and droughts.
  2. Habitat Loss and Degradation
    Habitat loss is sometimes caused by natural events like geological calamities but more commonly by human activities such as deforestation, diverting rivers, mining, fracking, and many other destructive behaviors.
  3. Pollution
    Be it in water, air, or land pollution, all forms of pollution are a threat to all life forms on Earth. Recently with the Covid 19 pandemic, we have witnessed a decrease in pollution due to a slowing down in human activities, and that was refreshing, but on the other hand, we saw many plastic gloves and face masks washed up in the ocean and killing wildlife.
  4. Invasive Species
    An exotic or unnatural species can be any kind of organism that has been introduced to a foreign habitat. This introduction can cause major threats to the native species. For example, Cats are a major threat to our native bird population here in Australia.
  5. Over Exploitation
    This refers to the act of over-harvesting species and natural resources at rates faster than they can actually sustain themselves in the wild.
  6. Other Threats
    There are many other threats such as the spreading of diseases from farmed animals to wild animals. The impact of roads and highways reduce the habitat area of many species. Noise and perturbations to the environment such as sonar use in the sea that disrupts cetacean species’ communications and many more.
From Bushfires to Deforestation, what is the future of the Koala bear?

Australia’s Biodiversity loss

Since the arrival of Europeans in Australia, just over 200 years ago, there has been an extraordinary increase in the rate of environmental change and in the loss of biodiversity in our ecosystems. One of the main threats to Australia’s biodiversity is habitat loss, and land clearing is happening at a staggering rate. Projections suggest that 3m hectares of untouched forest will have been bulldozed in eastern Australia by 2030, thanks to the thriving livestock industry and governments that refuse to step in.

Some of these ecosystems lost include:

  • 75% of rainforests and nearly 50% of all forests;
  • over 60% of coastal wetlands in southern and eastern Australia;
  • nearly 90% of temperate woodlands and mallee;
  • more than 99% of south-eastern Australia’s temperate lowland grasslands;
  • over 83% of Tasmania’s lowland grasslands and grassy woodlands;
  • about 95% of brigalow scrub that originally grew in Queensland;
  • over 90% of Victoria’s grasslands.
The thylacine, now extinct, is one of the largest known carnivorous marsupials, evolving about 4 million years ago. The last known live animal was captured in 1933 in Tasmania.

We concluded that exactly 100 plant and animal species are validly listed as having become extinct in the 230 years since Europeans colonized Australia. You can read more about this here.

Clearly, human activities have the most significant impact on biodiversity loss. At present, our planet continues to face these threats to biodiversity.

IN THE FUTURE, YOUR CHILDREN OR THE YOUNGER GENERATION MIGHT ASK YOU A QUESTION ALONG THE LINES OF, “WHEN THE CRISIS ON BIODIVERSITY BECAME SO RAMPANT DURING THE EARLY 2000S, WHAT DID YOU DO ABOUT IT?” WHAT WILL YOUR ANSWER BE?

Things you can do to help biodiversity and the environment:

Sydney, Australia – March 15, 2019  Climate Emergency rally
  • Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Cut down on what you throw away. Follow the three “R’s” to conserve natural resources and landfill space. Reduce your use of water, electricity, and other nonrenewable and recycle everything as much as possible.
  • Volunteer and Educate. Volunteer for cleanups or tree planting in your community. Teach others, especially children to help them understand the importance and value of our natural resources.
  • Conserve Water & Energy. The less water you use, the less runoff and wastewater that eventually end up in the ocean. You can also save grey water from your sink to water your garden. Energy-efficient light bulbs reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Also, flip the light switch off when you leave the room! Does your WiFi or your phone need to be always on?
  • Shop wisely & Choose sustainably. Buy Local, buy organic. Learn how to make smart food and seafood choices. Buy less plastic and bring a reusable shopping bag.
  • Drive less. Bike or walk more, and use your car sparingly. Do some carpooling with your mates and use public transport.
  • Plant as many trees as you can. Go for Native trees and flowers that support the local wildlife the best. Trees provide food and oxygen. They help save energy, clean the air, and help combat climate change. They help the biodiversity and ecosystems to survive and thrive. If you have land, seek your local council or nurseries to see if there are any free or cheap plants. If you have limited space, consider pots. And if you do not have space, volunteer some time or money to tree planting organizations.
  • QUIT the use of pesticides and petroleum-based fertilizers in your gardens. These often have knock-on effects in wildlife populations and run off into water courses with adverse effects for the plants and animals living there. Ask your Local Authority to do the same.
  • VOTE! Find out about legislation affecting biodiversity, make contact with your local political representatives, tell them how you feel, and ask them what they will do to help.
  • Support people and groups who are acting on long-term ecological sustainability. Find out about activist groups and share their message and donate to their cause. This is vital for our future!

 

We hope that this article gave you some inspiration or incentive to make changes to your lifestyle. Thank you for your time and remember that: Protecting our planet starts with you!

 

Garden Gardening June Melbourne Victoria Australia Winter Garden

June in the Garden 2022!

Winter isn’t coming, it’s here! June marks the beginning of winter. The stark trees, bitterly cold nights and cloudy days have done a pretty good job at reminding us all of that. But the best way to stay warm this winter is to stay active and get some gardening done!

Many may not realise that winter is the time avid gardeners do a lot of their preparation and planning. The garden reveals everything in winter. The deciduous trees and shrubs are now bare giving more space and light to areas that haven’t seen any since last year. The need for pruning becomes apparent and the bare skeleton of the plant makes it a lot easier to assess what needs to be done.

During winter we also clean up. We turn in the last of the autumn leaves into the compost heap and prepare our garden beds with compost, manure and mulch. Weeding, clearing decks and pavers are also best done now and then, after all that, there are even some things to plant!

Currently, Lavenders, Camellias, Daisies, Pansys and Violas are blooming beautifully and so are some natives such as Grevilleas, Banksias, Hakeas, Proteas and Kangaroo Paws. Bulbs are sprouting, getting ready for a spring display, and in the Veggie patch, there is a lot happening.

June Garden Gardening Melbourne Australia Victoria

With our list of things to do, winter will fly by and you’ll be ready to hop into spring!

Now is the time to plant your Bare rooted plants!

It’s that time of year again! Bare-root is BACK and we have loads of Bare Rooted Roses ready to go in-store. In winter, plants go dormant and dormant plants transplant much easier and stress-free than when they’re in leaf.

Bare Rooted Trees! 

We have a nice selection of bare-rooted trees in-store and new ones coming in every week, including fruit and nut trees.

Click here to see more Bare Rooted Trees!

Bare Root Roses!

Now is the best time of the year to purchase your standard roses as we have hundreds of beautiful quality roses in stock. Whether you want 20 of the same colour or perhaps a fantastic mix of different colour roses depending on the garden colour scheme of your choice, you can get all of them in-store here in Campbellfield! We also have bulk packs of 5 roses at discounted prices.

We have the classic iceberg varieties in 3ft and many colour varieties in 3ft and 4ft standards.

Click here to see more Bare Rooted Roses!

For more on how to plant your Bare Root Roses, Click here!

 

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Garden Colour

Very often we tend to think of winter as being a very dull time of the year for the garden. We have put together a little selection of plants that will flower in winter or just add a splash of colour thanks to their vibrant foliage!

Winter Flowers

Winter gardens are not so dull with these beauties, that bloom when the rest of the garden has little to offer!

We have a whole article about Winter flowering plants. Click here to read it!

Indoor Plants

Some days it is just too cold to be outdoors gardening, and also, not everyone has the luxury of outdoor space for plants. If that is the case for you, you can always get some indoor plants to brighten up your living spaces.

We currently have a 40% OFF all indoor plants IN-STORE only!

Here are some important tips for indoor plants during winter:

  • Indoor plants grow very slowly during winter, so no need to fertilise.
  • Prune and remove dead branches to tidy up the plant.
  • Keep your plants away from heaters and vents as these cause the plant to dry up and wilt pretty fast. So water your plants sufficiently.
  • Keep an eye on the soil moisture level of the soil to avoid over-watering.
  • As the trajectory of the sun has changed in the sky, you might need to move the plants to a sunnier/brighter spot.
  • Clean the windows for maximum sunlight and also the leaves of your plants of dust, to allow them to photosynthesise efficiently.

Ground Covers!

Groundcovers

These do not grow taller than 10-15cm, are very low maintenance and do great in small spaces that tend to be overrun by weeds.

Click here to see more groundcovers!

Top Specials for the Month!

We have some absolute bargains in store and online too! With such little prices, you can easily fill up your garden without breaking the bank!

Click here to see all our Top Specials!

The Vegetable Garden

Planting Veggies in Melbourne’s Winter is very rewarding!

It’s truly cold now, but it is just what some veggies love! Many people are concerned that nothing will survive in the cold weather, but that is just wrong because many winter veggies thrive and grow so well in the cold weather! It is even easier as you will rarely need to water the garden!

You can plant the whole range of brassicas such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussel sprouts.
Leafy greens such as Asian greens like mizuna, tatsoi, pak choi, lettuce, rocket, spinach, mustards, spring onions, leek, kale and swiss chard.
Legumes such as Snow Peas and Sugar snap peas are very easy plants to grow right now, just make sure to provide some trellis for them.
Root crops such as radish, beetroot, turnips, swedes, parsnips, carrots, onions, potatoes and garlic. All of those would take 2-3 months before harvest, except for radish which is ready in just 30 days, while potatoes take between 90 and 170 days and garlic that takes up to 10 months for a nice bulb!

You can now remove any protective netting that I was using to safeguard the brassica and Asian green plants from the Cabbage White Moth and its hungry progeny, the caterpillars. As the weather has cooled enough, the moths or butterflies no longer pose a problem.

Asparagus Time to cut back the asparagus fern to the ground, which has yellowed as expected and then top-dresses the plants with a combination of compost, aged cow manure and some slow-release fertiliser pellets.

Check out our available range of fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Some great companion plants for all these are herbs such as sage, winter thyme, parsley, mint, chives, coriander, dill, oregano, marjoram, etc that deter pests such as caterpillars. Basil does not tolerate the cold and should be grown in warmer months.

Edible Flowers

Flowers such as Pansies, Violas, Nasturtiums, Calendula and Borage are great for the winter patch! They add colour, and diversity, repel pests and most importantly are tasty and pretty additions to salads!


To see our full selection of Fruits, veggies and herbs in store. Click Here!

Native Plants

Native plants are beautiful! They provide shelter and food for wildlife and promote biodiversity and stewardship of our natural heritage. They are unique because they are perfectly suited to the environment that they belong to. This means that they should survive on local rainfall patterns and in the local soil! Here is a selection of the most popular varieties we have in store right now!


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Garden Tasks!

Frost! Winter is here!

Frost on leaves

Frost forms from water vapour in the air, coming in contact with an object that is below freezing temperature. So basically, when the moisture in the air touches a freezing cold windscreen, the moisture sticks to the windscreen and turns to ice!

When it comes to our plants, they expel energy continuously through the day and the night. Energy is warmth! During the day, their expelled energy is replaced by radiant heat from the sun, but at night time they become cooler as their warmth is not continually replaced. When the plant cools enough to get to freezing temperatures, frost can then form on its leaves.

You may notice under large trees there is little to no frost. Large trees shelter the plants and grass underneath. Their canopy radiates energy downward from the underside of their leaves, as these “breathe out”. This expulsion of energy keeps the area under the tree warmer for longer during the night. This is why planting your more frost-sensitive plants under trees and shelter can help protect them from frost.

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Sun melting the frost, and the shade sheltering it

Some plants can handle frost better than others. The moisture inside of the plant’s cells freeze and, like all frozen water, it expands, which can cause stress on the cells and therefore damage to the plant. When the ice is quickly thawed by the morning sun, it causes the most damage to the plant.

If your plants have been damaged by frost, don’t cut off the damaged foliage until the frosts have finished as this dead foliage will actually act as protection for future frosts.

How to tackle frost

  • Cover your frost-sensitive plants with sheets, newspaper or straw, making sure to remove them the following day.
  • Lightly water your plants before sunrise by a sprinkler system (or by hand if you’re really keen!) This can prevent frost from forming. You can lightly water frost affected plants, which gently thaws the ice, reducing the damage from the frost.
  • Use plastic sleeves and stakes to protect plants in open areas

 

Preparing the garden. Everything is bare so time to prepare!

Weed Control

Arctotheca calendula Capeweed in flower

Arctotheca calendula Capeweed in flower

Weeds don’t have a seasonal preference, they’ll turn up any ole time! But our one saving grace is they turn up less often in winter and the established ones that need to come out are easier to see. The soil is moist, which makes it easier to pull out these little suckers.

For the tougher weeds like clumps of Crowsfoot and Crabgrass, Dandelions or Oxalis you made need a tool to get the whole root out. The importance of getting the whole root out is so it doesn’t re-sprout. We don’t want to have to weed again! You can use a hoe or even a butter knife.

Compost

You don’t have to throw those weeds into the green bin. Chuck them straight into your compost. You will want to start building up your compost, if you haven’t already, with all your garden scraps from your winter cleaning. This will all break down over winter and be ready to put into the garden in spring.

Clearing and cleaning

The leaves that have fallen can all be turned into empty or new garden beds. By doing this you will also aerate the soil, which not only allows more oxygen flow but more water and nutrients to work through. Any mulch leftover can either be scraped back and put in the compost or, if there’s not too much, turn it into the soil along with the leaves to break down.

Existing plants and garden beds

For your existing plants, you will want to reapply mulch to keep the soil warm and retain moisture in the soil around the roots.
You may notice some of your hedging plants are turning a little yellow. This is often caused by a nutrient deficiency that occurs during the winter months. It’s nothing to be worried about as it can be easily fixed by applying Dolomite lime to the soil. It takes a few months to take effect so be patient!

Transplanting and moving

With the nice cool weather, it is an ideal time to move or transplant plants as the plants have time over winter to grow new roots and be ready for spring. You can repot plants that have outgrown their pots and are getting root-bound. Remove the plant and trim some of the roots at the bottom, shake off some old soil and add some fresh ones at the bottom of the pot to give your plant a fresh start. They will love it!

Pruning

This is a big one! Winter is when all major pruning is done because you are able to see the full structure of the plant and remove any problem branches. Fruit trees and roses in particular benefit from a good prune. Fruit trees fruit more prolifically and healthily after a good prune. Roses, too, flower better and look much more beautiful.

For more information on pruning, Click here!

Pests and Diseases

There are not too many pests at this time of the year as the weather has cooled down. Some caterpillars might still be roaming around your brassicas, but soon there will all be gone. One thing that you might notice is black spots and rust that commonly affect rose plants. If you see any of those on your roses, do not panic and do not spray anything on them as this is quite normal. They as they are preparing to go dormant over winter and will lose all their leaves. It is a good time to prune them back and clear out excess branches and leave the main ones.

Prune as such if it is a bush rose.

And prune it like this if it is a standard rose!

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Wishing you all the best, keep yourself warm and don’t miss out on gardening this winter!

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Bare Root Plants 2022!

Bare Rooted Plants! 

A Farmer with Bare Root Trees

It’s that time of year again! Bare-root is BACK and we have lots of bare root trees in store.

 

We also have Bare-rooted roses in store!

What are bare-rooted trees?

In winter, plants go dormant and dormant plants transplant much easier and stress-free than when they’re in leaf. This includes your roses, fruit trees, and deciduous ornamentals such as Poplars, Elms, Ash’s and Oaks, just to name a few. Every year, nurseries supply vast amounts of bare-rooted plants at much cheaper prices than if they were in their pots. This is because they are easier to store and transport, thus keeping costs low.

Choose trees with a good structure or framework. Check for any splits. And remember to slightly prune your fruit and ornamental trees back before planting. This pruning is to remove any damaged branches and roots as well as prepare the overall shape for the spring.

We have a big range of bare-rooted fruit trees and ornamental trees coming in pretty soon, so keep an eye out for those right here. Here are some that we have already received:

Click here to read more about planting Bare rooted plants!

More Bare Rooted Trees

New products are added every week!

Bare Rooted Ornamental Pears

Large field-dug Ornamental Pears

Bare Rooted Fruit & Nut trees

 

 

Top 10 Winter Flowering Plants

When we think of winter, we often think of cold and dull gardens. Well, you don’t have to wait until spring for pretty flowers. A garden should display its charms year-round. Even during the coldest days of the year and you may be surprised to know that many annual flowers, perennials, and flowering shrubs don’t wait for spring to show off. We have put together a collection of the best plants to put some colour into your winter garden!

Top 10 Winter Flowering Plants in Victoria, Australia:

  1. Daphne
  2. Hardenbergia
  3. Hellebore ‘Winter Rose’
  4. Camellia
  5. Banksia
  6. Grevillea
  7. Protea, Leucospermum & Leucadendron
  8. Hakea
  9. Hebe
  10. Salvia

Additional plants – Hakea, Lavender, Pieris & Eremophila

Daphne

Heavily scented and long flowering, Daphne is a fragrant and colourful winter bloomer. They come in shades of white, pink, yellow and cream and are best suited to part shade or full sun positions (provided the soil is moist and well-draining). They can also be planted straight into the garden or kept neatly in a pot! 

 

Hardenbergia

Known as either a climber or a bushy groundcover, this native is commonly seen throughout the Victorian bushland in vibrant patches of purple. The flowers form in speared clusters of pea-shaped flowers and can be trained over a fence or arbour. Hardenbergia also comes in a white flower and a newer pink variety is now available.

 

Hellebore ‘Winter Rose’

Aptly named, this low growing, almost groundcover plant is named due to the robust star-shaped blooms that appear during winter. The Winter or Lenten Rose comes in varieties of pink, purple, white and green, some with a double petal, others with a single row. They love shaded areas, suiting Japanese, Woodland or Cottage style gardens.

 

Camellia Sasanqua & Japonica

Camellias are one of the most popular garden plants of all time, and with the enormous choice of varieties and ways you can use them in your garden, it’s not hard to see why. They are often seen as gorgeous feature hedging or as manicured specimen trees, bringing abundant vibrant colour to the garden during the winter months.

 Click here to read our Camellias factsheet. 

Banksia

Sturdy, proud cylindrical flowers with a distinct honey smell attract many native birds and bees. The Banksia is commonly seen sowing off its blooms during the winter and feeding the local wildlife and the eyes of walkers. These tough but attractive natives come in various sizes and shapes, suiting many different applications such as groundcovers, hedging & screening or as a feature. The most common winter-flowering varieties include Banksia spinulosa, the ‘Birthday Candles’ variety and Banksia ericifolia. 

Click here to see all Banksias.

Grevillea

Whilst we’re on natives, how can we forget Grevillea? Another winter wonder with multifaceted varieties, the Grevillea comes in groundcover forms, low shrub, tall screening or hedging varieties and there is even a Standard Weeping option too! The colour range is also huge! Almost every colour of the rainbow, some with 2-3 colours in the one flower such as the ‘Peaches & Cream’ or ‘Black Magic’ varieties.

Click here to see all Grevilleas.

Protea, Leucospermum & Leucadendron

Some of the most popular cut flowers, and it’s no wonder why. These members of the Protea family show their floral glory from late autumn through to spring, splashing the garden with not only colours of red, pink, orange, purple and white but adding gorgeous (and usually large) shapely flower heads that can be seen from quite a distance. Be sure to add one of these stunning plants to your sunny garden collection – they never disappoint!

Click here to see all Proteas, Leucospermums & Leucadendrons. 

Hakea

Seen on the roadside, lining many a Melbourne street are various forms of Hakea. They are often non-descript until they start to produce their weird and wacky flowers during winter through to spring. Often confused with a Leucospermum o a Grevillea, their flowers have curly stamen and come in various shapes and colours pink, white or yellow. They are also bird magnets, sure to keep your native birdies fed during the cold months. They’re also suitable as a feature tree.

 

Hebe

Perfect for pots, containers, hedging or a feature, the Hebe is not only versatile but another colourful addition in winter. They range from rich and pastel pinks to deep purples, light blues and even white! Tolerant of full sun to even full shade, rich fertile soils to sandy or clay soils.

Click here to see all Hebes

Salvia

A bee favourite and a favourite among veggie and cottage gardeners alike. Salvia attracts many varieties of bees and butterflies into the garden with their vast array of colours. The fact that most Salvias have a long flowering period is an added bonus, blooming from autumn through to spring. Popular winter flowering varieties include leucanthe ‘Mexican Bush Sage’, involucrata ‘Joan Spires’ and ‘Mystic Spires’. 

Click here to see all Salvias

 

Honourable Mentions

 

Lavender

Lavender is known as a summer flowering plant but there are now new varieties that bloom in the winter! These include the ‘Lace Series’ and the ‘With Love’ varieties. Be sure to check them out!

Click here to see all Lavenders

Witch Hazel

When we have these in the nursery, we often get excitedly asked ‘what’s that crazy looking flower over there?!’ And we know instantly it’s the Witch Hazel. These plants have a bloom with a difference, petals of yellow, orange or red unfurl in long ribbons in clusters along the bare branches. And they have a scent too! 

 

Pieris japonica ‘Lily of the Valley’

A gorgeous, chandelier toting shrub or tree, Pieris bloom delicate clusters of white heart-shaped flowers in the late winter to early spring. The ‘Lily of the Valley’ tree is often used as a feature in the garden or in pots, provided it is trimmed. It is a truly gorgeous feature tree.

Eremophila 

This soft foliage plant is not only colourful in flowers but also in foliage. Tubular flowers form from winter until summer upon a soft, silvery backdrop making it a winter colourful addition in more ways than one. Eremophila prefers dryer areas, with well-drained soil.

Click here to see all Eremophilias

 

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Bare Root Roses 2022!

2ft Bare Rooted Standard roses are here!

The wait is over for bare-rooted roses and we have received our first bunch of two-foot standards. They are strong healthy plants with beautiful straight stems and heads with lots of branches! You will find the most popular, fragrant, and colorful varieties and the all-time favorite: Iceberg rose in 2ft, 3ft, and 4ft standards! They are available in-store and online! We will keep updating this list every week with new varieties and also standard 3ft ones!

What are bare rooted plants and how to plant them?

A bare root means a plant is supplied without soil around the roots. In winter, roses usually stop growing and become dormant. They are dug from the ground, pruned and the roots are washed free of soil prior to packing and transport. They come to you without foliage or flowers.

 

Read more about this technique and how to properly plant them by clicking here.

 

Advantages of Bare Root Roses:

☆ They are easy to transport
☆ Many Varieties – Sizes and Colours to choose from!
☆ You can get as many as you want for long rows!
☆ Healthy and Strong plants!
☆ Cheaper than Spring/Summer roses!
☆ Available in-store now!
☆ Plant in winter and get flowers in spring!

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Advantages of Standard Roses:

☆ Create a 2 -story layered garden effect with your roses at the top and other plants at the bottom.
☆ Easy to weed at the bottom of the standard roses, without getting pricked by thorns.
☆ Very appealing effect by planting long rows of the same variety.
☆ Available in 2ft and 3ft heights depending on your requirements.
☆ Easy to trim and maintain due to their height.
☆ Very hardy and easy to grow
☆ Some delightfully fragrant varieties are available.

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