Loving the scent of Christmas lilies 

The Christmas lily… simple to develop in pots or containers in a sunny place with safety from the afternoon solar. Picture: Jackie Warburton

Gardening guru JACKIE WARBURTON loves the perfume of Christmas lilies and says they’re east to develop, too.

CHRISTMAS lily or trumpet lily makes a terrific lower flower that lasts for a lot of weeks in a vase. 

Jackie Warburton.

Lilium longiflorum likes moist, well-drained soil and a little bit safety from the wind. The flower stems can develop to not less than a metre tall and generally is a good backdrop for a big backyard. 

The candy tropical perfume from the white flowers is what they’re grown for. Sadly, Liliums are poisonous to animals so it’s greatest to maintain flowers, stems and leaves out of attain. 

Christmas lilies are simple to develop in pots or containers in a sunny place with safety from the afternoon solar. They’re fleshy bulbs and may dry out simply if uncovered to the air for lengthy durations of time. 

Different profitable liliums to develop in Canberra are Asiatic or Oriental hybrids as nicely. Asiatic hybrids have an enormous color vary, however no perfume, whereas Oriental hybrids tolerate extra shade, flower in a wide range of colors and have a slight perfume. 

The bonus with these vegetation is that they’re much smaller in dimension and extra appropriate for pots and patios or small gardens.

THE red-flowering gums, Corymbia ficifolia are in flower now and placing on a present with the moist summer time that we’ve got had. 

A small tree that grows to 10 metres, it may be difficult to develop in Canberra and desires a sheltered spot the place the frost received’t harm it. Its multi-trunks and gnarled branches generally is a characteristic in themselves. 

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Flowering gums flower higher in full solar and their flowers are extremely engaging to bees. 

The flowers are available in a variety of colors from crimson to oranges and pinks and whites. A light-weight trim after flowering will assist flowering for the next 12 months. 

There are actually smaller grafted varieties appropriate for small gardens and a few new varieties that develop solely to a peak of three metres. Fertilised solely with native fertiliser, that’s one low in phosphorus and good drainage, and they need to develop nicely. 

One of the best time for planting a flowering gum into the backyard is autumn whereas the soil continues to be heat and has an opportunity to get established earlier than winter. 

Purple-flowering gums… a small tree that grows to 10 metres. Picture: Jackie Warburton

NOW is an efficient time to begin to take semi-hardwood cuttings of shrubs corresponding to camellias, viburnums and conifers or shrubs that typically flower in spring. 

Semi-hardwood or softwood cuttings ought to be of brown/inexperienced stems which are about 10-15 centimetres lengthy and be present season’s progress. Stems should be lower on the backside at a node the place the expansion level is, and the stems have to have not less than two to 3 nodes buried and three to 4 above the bottom. 

Utilizing a rough 50:50 potting combine, sand and coir peat, dip cuttings into hormone gel or honey, bunch stems and place in potting combine and preserve moist and within the shade. 

Most cuttings will take 4 to eight weeks relying on the kind of shrub being propagated. Roots coming from the underside of the pot means it’s time to pot as much as a bigger one full of a great high quality potting combine with a little bit fertiliser.

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THE vegetable backyard ought to be rising strongly with the additional moist situations… and so will the bugs. Like final 12 months, there are many butterflies, moths and bugs round so preserve an eye fixed out and squash if there are too many. 

Tying up tomatoes, cucumbers, beans to trellises retains them off the bottom to create good air circulation across the vegetation and retains fungal ailments at bay. 

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