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Future seasons soon to bloom
IN THE GARDEN
JOBS TO DO
Tuberous begonias make magnificent container or basket plants in brightly lit but sheltered sites out of the full summer
sun, which will scorch the foliage. However, they need to be watered with care when the soil starts to dry out. A constantly
saturated medium tends to encourage fungal infections.
If you would like to try your hand at raising winter greens from seed -- now is the time to check the use by dates of
any packets of seed tucked away in the garden shed or kitchen drawer and purchase fresh from nursery stands.
(Polystyrene boxes filled with seed raising mix are ideal for germinating seeds).
Sow some seeds of Chinese cabbage, which is less likely to go to seed in autumn, into garden beds as well as winter
radishes. The Japanese or Daikon types take several months to mature. Lift and dry onions, garlic and shallots once the
foliage has yellowed on late season crops.
New plots of clay ground that will be required for autumn planting should be loosened with a fork and given a top
dressing of gypsum now -- in order to make the soil more friable. Alternatively, water in some liquid clay breaker which
is particularly useful for specific areas -- such a patch of compacted lawn.
ALITTLE more this week
about new current and future
season's releases from
Colourwise Nurseries whose
plants you will find on Bun-
ning's garden shelves and in selected
Gerberas are usually thought of as
specialist florist blooms or perhaps short
term indoor plants, however, 'Everlast
Gerberas' have proven to be hardy garden
plants, which as their name implies, will
continue to grow for many years in well
drained soils in sites of full sun.
While the plants are adaptable to most
soils it is important that they are neither
over-watered nor allowed to become too
dry. Available in February in flower
colours of white, pink and carmine red
they are ideal for patio bowls, rockeries
and garden borders.
Another February arrival is Agastache
sun kisses 'Summercrush'. These small
shrubs or evergreen soft-wooded perenni-
als have grey-green citrus-scented foliage
and pretty spikes of salvia-like flowers.
Not only will they grow in cool
summers but will also tolerate hot, dry
conditions. Set them into mixed borders
alongside the grey foliaged artemesia;
diascia and marguerite daisies or in patio
The species Agastache mexicana is
known as lemon hyssop and two new
colours (Deluxe Chiffon-lilac flowers and
Deluxe Carmine Red-reddish pink
flowers) are compact selections that grow
to about 30cm.
Yet another February release is one for
Caryopteris 'Summer Sorbet' -- a small
deciduous shrub (1m x 1m) produces
strikingly aromatic, variegated green and
gold foliage topped with blue summer
flowers. A cool climate treasure to mix
with the likes of potentilla; spiraea;
nepeta or catmint, and the yellow flower-
ing annual Bidens.
Cut back any woody growth in late
winter and you will be rewarded with a
flush of fresh growth every year. Some-
times known as Blue mist, the flowers are
attractive to butterflies, bees and other
Available now, Chrysocephalum 'Des-
ert Flame' is an Australian native plant,
widespread over many climate zones. As
a member of the daisy family the flower
heads are made up of numerous tiny
flowers without the usual surrounding
papery bracts -- giving rise to the common
name of yellow buttons.
'Desert Flame' is one of a breeding
programme hybrid selected for superior
growth and mass flowering. Plant into
most soil types in either gardens or pots.
Once established it thrives with little
water, producing a surprising resurrection
If your first planting of petunia
seedlings in baskets has failed to do well
you might like to consider one of the
perennial petunias from the Surfina Patio
range. Not only do these Patio Petunias
bloom for up to nine months of the year,
they are early flowering, easy to maintain,
self cleaning, resistant to disease and will
handle both full sun and part shady sites.
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