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What to do in Autumn

 

Camellia sasanqua

Autumn brings with it many things of beauty to the garden, but none as beautiful and colourful as the versatile Camellia sasanqua.

Until recent years the humble Camellia sasanqua has occupied a fairly low status in the Camellia world, as it seemed to be over shadowed by the ever popular Camellia japonica.

Whose flowers in direct comparison to the Camellia sasanqua were clearly superior.

We as South Australia’s Camellia Specialists feel proud to have played a part in drawing people’s attention to, what we think is a neglected and much underrated Camellia specie. The sasanqua stands alone in Autumn as a Camellia. It is in full flower through to the end of June well before the japonica’s are in full flower.

Our new seasons range of Camellia sasanqua are on display  in March, collect a free copy of our Camellia Catalogue.

Did you know that with careful selection it is possible to have Camellias in flower in your garden from March to October.

Have our staff show you how this can be done.

Take a look at these delightful Camellias, you will be SURPRISED just how hardy they are too!

 

Spring flowering Bulbs

Now why am I mentioning Spring Bulbs now, because autumn is the time to plant.

Also the best selection of Daffodils, Hyacinths, Tulips, Ranunculus, Anemone, Crocus, Jonquils, Dutch Iris etc.  are available through autumn.

Don’t leave it too late as the season is quite short.

 

With Autumn comes Autumn leaves

Why do Autumn leaves colour, dry and fall to the ground?

Most deciduous trees (trees which loose their leaves during winter) are responding to shortening day light hours and lowering of temperature as winter approaches. This response originates from these trees evolving in a climate experiencing freezing winter temperatures and usually snowfalls. The leaves fall as a result of the tree going into dormancy for the winter.So the deciduous tree, not wishing to waste the resources it has stored in the foliage, withdraws from the leaf that which it can reuse, (starches and sugars) leaving the thing we call colourful Autumn leaves. Aren’t plants clever!

Now I know you are thinking of the mess, well it is a fact that a deciduous tree is far less messy than an evergreen, as it gets the entire messy bit over within a few week in winter where an evergreen sheds all year round.

Autumn leaves are a thing of beauty and when they fall, make a valuable raw material for the compost heap, or stored and spread in the garden as mulch throughout the year.

Remember how hot the summer has been, trees offer shade and cool the environment, so remember “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago”, so don’t put it off any longer.

 

TREE OF THE MONTH

SAPIUM SEBIFERUM

Chinese Tallow

A very useful and hardy small tree, well suited to most locations in Adelaide.

An elegant tree with heart shaped leaves turning spectacular orange and red tones in autumn. Small yellow flowers cluster along thin catkins, and bare seeds with a whitish coating used for candles and soap, etc. A particularly useful tree where a lot of height is not needed and a light canopy of shade is preferred.  Chinese tallow trees are very useful if there in a need to plant close to foundation, paths, driveways, etc. as it’s root system is non-intrusive.

 

Any Bugs at Your House?

Citrus scale, these sap sucking insects have a protective shell over them making them hard to control, thankfully there is a toxic free solution by way of Yates “Nature’s Way” vegetable oil based spray this smothers these pests and with regular applications will eliminate them.

Cherry Slug, these will strip the surface off cherries leaves leaving them skeletonized. Besides looking unsightly this also reduces the efficiency of the foliage and will affect the health of your tree. They can often be seen on plums tree also. Spray with Pest oil or Yates “Success Ultra” for quick eradication of these pests.

 

 TOPIARY TRIMMING TIME

Do you have hedges and/or formal shaped or topiary plants in your garden?  This style of garden is getting increasingly popular. Now is the time to give them their spring trim. As the spring flush of growth is well underway now is your opportunity to establish the main shape, and correct any deficiencies in their lines. With some of the faster growing plants a couple of trims through spring and early summer will be needed. Remember not to leave this trimming to the very hot weather otherwise you will experience some burning of the foliage.

 

 

 

arris, June 15th, 2016

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