The Colours of Spring
The beautiful colours of spring herald the longer days and warmer weather. The colours you notice first are the Federation daisies, with their bright double and single flowers. They make a beautiful show in any type of garden. Grevilleas and Callistemons are flowering late winter and early spring bringing the birds and bees to your garden. You can install an insect hotel to encourage more of these beneficial insects in to your garden.
It’s time to get outside and enjoy the colours of spring.
Pest numbers increase at this time of year because of all the juicy new growth.
Here are some to look out for:
Citrus gall wasp – remove all developing galls, bag and leave in the sun to kill the larvae.
Scale – Spray with eco-oil, this will also control aphids, mites and white fly.
Fruit Fly – Hang lure traps to act as an alert to their presence and use exclusion nets once the little fruit is forming.
Snails and Slugs – protect your seedlings and new growth with pellets or beer traps.
TIME TO PLANT...
Flowers to plant now are Nasturtium, Zinnia, Sunflowers, Begonias, Salvia, Petunia, Marigold, Alyssum, Coleus, Vinca, Lobelia.
Vegetables to plant now are Beans, Beetroot, Cabbage, Capsicum, Carrots, Corn, Cucumber, Lettuce, Melons, Pumpkin, Radish, Rhubarb, Shallots, Silverbeet, Tomato, Zuchini.
Carnival of Flowers is on this month, with the parade on Saturday 21st September and the Carnival gardens and parks open for the following week. It’s a great time to get out and have a look at how different colours, shapes and structures work together and grab some ideas for your own garden.
It is the best time to put in some plants to attract birds, bees and butterflies, come in and check out our large range of natives and non-natives and get some advice on what will suit your area. We have insect hotels available in a range of styles that will fit in to your garden.
Get your lawns looking lush and green by fertilising, aerating and dethatching, drop by for a chat with one of our staff for advice on how to rejuvenate your winter lawn.
Roses - hybrid tea, floribunda, climbing and standards are in the nursery right now and looking beautiful.
Happy Gardening and see you around the nursery.
Janita Adams - Spring 2019