HYDRANGEAS

HYDRANGEA BY JOHN LE MESURIER Hydrangea macrophylla A very useful and versatile family of shrubs and a couple of climbers, it is mainly deciduous in this climate. Height can vary from 50 cm in dwarf cultivars to the tall self-clinging climbers which once established can cover several metres. Flowering can take place from late October…

DAPHNE

DAPHNE By Merylyn Condon                               The daphne family (Thymelaeaceae) comprises about 50 species of evergreen and deciduous shrubs originating in Europe and North Africa to temperate and subtropical Asia, though in Australia we don’t see too many of these. Other plants…

DAHLIAS

    DAHLIAS IN CANBERRA Dahlias remain one the most reliable and prolific of the summer and autumn flowers that can be grown in our area. They can be used as a spectacular group planting or inter mingled with other garden plants to give a wonderful overall effect. Dahlias come in many different types, colour,…

DAFFODILS: GETTING THE BEST FLOWERS YOU CAN

DAFFODILS: getting the best flowers you can by Graeme Davis   At this stage of the year your daffodils will be in the ground and growing well. You wait expectantly for the flowers that spring will bring. The question now is how do you get the best flowers you can from your bulbs and, if…

DAFFODILS AND WATER RESTRICTIONS

Daffodils And Water Restrictions     Water restrictions are a challenge to the gardener in Canberra. However, they represent a positive for the daffodil in Canberra. Put simply the greatest problem for daffodils in Canberra is the watering of gardens in summer. The heat of summer in Canberra is sufficient to create problems with rot…

CITRUS TREES

Growing Citrus Fruit in Canberra and other cold climates The most commonly planted citrus are lemon trees, especially ‘Meyer’, which is cold-hardy but less acid than ‘Eureka’ or ‘Lisbon’. Eureka and Lisbon are a little more frost-tender than Meyer, but still widely grown in Canberra. Most citrus, including Meyer, will show some signs of cold…

CAMELLIA HERITAGE

The Macarthur Camellia Legacy A talk by Stephen Utick   Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen, and welcome to this talk on the William Macarthur Camellia Legacy.   In so doing I acknowledge the elders past and present and the original custodians of the land, and specially acknowledge and thank the present custodians, John and Edwina…

CAMELLIAS

          CAMELLIAS The most commonly grown camellias in the colder climates are the sasanqua, japonica, reticulata and more recently the hybrid types. The major advantage of the sasanqua type is that it will tolerate a greater degree of sun than other camellias and is thus more versatile as a general garden…