Category: How to grow

October 21, 2022
Autumn planting: ranunculus and anemones

I dropped into the local GardenWorks the other day looking for cell seed trays. The place was full of pumpkins and Christmas decorations, but not a seed tray in sight. Now I love Christmas, and my heart admittedly beats a little faster when confronted by a bauble, but this is a garden centre, right, and […]

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October 12, 2022
The Complete Book of Ground Covers

Review of Gary Lewis, The Complete Book of Ground Covers: 4000 plants that reduce maintenance, control erosion, and beautify the landscape, Timber Press, 2022. This is one I didn't know I'd been waiting for, and I think it's going to change my garden. I must confess I've never paid much attention to ground covers before. […]

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September 1, 2022
Growing Iceland poppies

Wandering through the garden centre the other day, I noticed Iceland poppies were already in stock. As their name suggests, these poppies are very hardy and can survive down to zone 6: they can be planted out in autumn and will overwinter in the garden. Technically perennials, they're more likely to be dispatched by the […]

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August 15, 2022
Anemone coronaria for autumn flowers

I've been experimenting to see if I could have an autumn flowering of Anemone coronaria. I used to manage this in Scotland, although never very satisfactorily. Because of the rain we used to get there in the summers, the plants were often rather sad specimens. Here in Victoria, with the drier warmer summer, they have […]

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August 7, 2022
Chantilly Snapdragons

Remember squeezing a snapdragon when you were a child to make the jaw open and snap shut? I gave one to a little girl the other day and it appears the game is still very much alive. She even used a funny voice to make the flower talk. But did you ever dress a snapdragon? […]

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July 29, 2022
Drummond's Phlox 'Cherry Caramel'

If, like me, you are easily tempted when it comes to flowers, then you probably succumbed to all the hype and bought seeds to grow Phlox 'Cherry Caramel' this year. The good news is the hype was justified - well, mostly. This annual phlox is one of the prettiest flowers I've grown in a long […]

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July 25, 2022
Sweet peas: which to grow and how to grow them

I’ve always prided myself on my sweet peas, but this year they have been exceptional. After a late start in June, they have zoomed up over 10 foot tall and my determination to control the number of stems each plant produces is equaled only by their determination to put out more. The long cool spring […]

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