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Spring has gardens blooming
JOBS TO DO
Fertilise fruit trees with an all-
purpose granular plant food then apply
thick mulch out to the drip line to
smother any competing weed growth.
Snip the spent blooms from early
spring bulbs to prevent them from using
energy in setting seed rather than
sustaining future food supplies, much of
which comes from the naturally dying
foliage. At this stage a dressing of
complete fertiliser watered in around
each clumps will help with the process
of next season's food storage.
Rake and core an established lawn
prior to applying a slow release lawn
food such as Yates Lawn Master. Bare
patches in lawns can be rejuvenated by
loosening with a fork, raking, seeding
and then covering with a thin layer of
straw to keep the soil damp and the
Unless you have warm ground and the
protection of a poly tunnel or
propagating house give commercial
nursery tomato seedlings a miss.
Melbourne Cup day is a traditional
planting time when hopefully overnight
frosts are a thing of the past.
IN THE GARDEN
Named varieties of liliums are usually available on nursery shelves or by
mail order from late winter on.
Picture: John Woudstra
LILIUMS are often con-
sidered the true aristocrat of
all summer bulbs and those
who are looking for a
perfumed summer display,
perhaps as a backdrop to a summer
wedding or in portable tubs to enhance
Christmas festivities, need look no
further than a wealth of fragrant
Orientals or the non-fragrant but
colourful Asiatic lilies.
L. candidum, commonly known as
the Madonna lily has been cultivated
for centuries. Stylised representations
of it have in fact been found in
excavations dating back to the
Minoans in 1600 BC. 'Candicum'
means pure or dazzling white -- a
symbol of purity that has ensured the
lily's association with the Virgin Mary
since medieval times.
Nineteenth century plant collectors
found China and Japan to be a source
of some valuable species of lilies,
which have since been hybridized to
produce many well regarded cultivars
in numerous categories.
Named varieties of liliums are
usually available on nursery shelves or
by mail order from late winter on.
Divisions can be lifted from friends'
gardens in early spring or purchased as
potted bloom in early summer.
All liliums have interesting varia-
tions of flower form -- from trumpet
shaped blooms to reflexed petals and
open freckled faces.
Liliums make good background
plantings in moderately acid soil
where, like clematis, they prefer their
roots in cool shade and head in the sun.
However, perfect soil drainage is
essential and once established lilies
should be left undisturbed for years
until diminished flowering shows signs
of overcrowding. Wherever you
choose to plant them make sure that
there is plenty of air circulation to
minimize any fungal problems that
would be encouraged by overly warm
and humid conditions.
THE first day of spring, also
celebrated as Wattle Day, was
marked with a particularly fine
display of Acacias currently flowering
in the Australian National Botanic
Gardens for like many of the plants in
our local landscape they too have
benefited from good rainfall earlier in
Incidentally if you thought all
wattles had green foliage and yellow
flowers you might like to call in to the
visitor's centre and seek more infor-
mation on the whereabouts of the
purple foliaged and red flowering
Unfortunately, those who are trou-
bled with hay fever and other allergies,
which seem to coincide with the onset
of spring blossom, often cite wattle as
the major culprit, which is a pity for
wattle pollen is heavy enough to fall to
the ground rather than float in the air.
It is in fact, the air borne pollen of
the more inconspicuous weeds and
grasses that happen to be flowering at
the same time that are responsible for
the sneezing, watering eyes and hot dry
throats that affect so many. Grasses in
general are particularly high on the list.
If you know that you are allergic to
a particular plant then the odds are that
other plants in the same family are also
likely to be a problem. If the perennial
yellow flowering capeweed that now
infests so many lawns and roadside
verges makes you sneeze then you may
well be sensitive to other daisies such
as dandelions, sunflowers and even
Later in the year when flowering
privet, now a noxious weed in most
states, is a problem then other
members of the family such as ashes
and olive trees are also likely to cause
Kentucky Blue grass, a major com-
ponent of cool climate lawns, is a
trigger for the allergy prone who are
equally affected by couch and pas-
palum. Of all the common weeds
plantain is the greatest offender shed-
ding pollen throughout spring as well
Other weeds to be wary of include
dock, a common antidote to nettle
stings, and chenopodium, commonly
known as fat hen.
BOOK OF THE WEEK
How To Grow Practically
(Dorling Kindersley 448pp hc.
This is a book that will appeal to
so many. Within so many glossy,
well-photographed pages along
with succinct, down to earth text,
you'll find more than 200 projects
in a step-by-step guide to growing
almost anything you like from
bulbs to border shrubs and
hedges, a tiny orchard or garden
beds filled with cut and come
again vegetable crops.
Best of all, is the ease with which
you can undertake any project for
the essential steps for each one
are covered in just two pages of
the open book.
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