We are just heading into another run of frosty mornings….perhaps a sign that winter has finally set in? Leuchochrysum albicans and Xerochrysum viscosum have continued to flower profusely in my garden until now. I wonder if they will finally pack a sad and slink away until warmer days arrive. Surely they will! In the garden and at the nursery we have had aphids being a nuisance too. Hopefully they too will freeze and drop dead this week.
Although we have just had some good rain fall this last week, don’t forget to check soil moisture around your young plants at this time of year. The soil most often looks moist on the surface but is often dry in the root zone because of so little rain and because frost can draw moisture from the soil. Whilst your plants will not need nearly as much water in winter as they do in summer some of your young plants will still need a little extra water. People often think their plants have died of the cold, Im sure I would if I had to survive out there, but so often it is another factor all together such as being too dry when they are already stressed by the cold.
As I said in my last blog there will be no Australian Native Plant Society plant sale at the Botanic Gardens this spring and it is also unlikely that the Markets, normally held at Cool Country Natives in Pialligo from Spring through to Autumn, will be able to go ahead this year so we will be selling plants from the nursery again. For the whole of August we are having an early bird special of 10% off the total price of your purchase of plants. You are more than welcome to put in an order via email. We require a 50% deposit for the plants but are then happy to hold till beginning of spring for you if you would like.
There have been three changes at the nursery in the last couple of weeks. We know that sometimes the nursery is a little hard to find along the Murrumbateman road, especially for first time visitors, so these last few weeks I have been busy in my garage painting a new sign for the nursery. This sign will help to direct traffic coming from the Gundaroo/Sutton direction to the location of the nursery.
You may have noticed my advertisement on Facebook, some weeks ago, for second hand gazebos. 9 of these have been set up and covered with wire mesh to provide a larger more easily negotiated outdoor selling area for plants which is safe from marauding possums and parrots and satisfies Covid 19 safety guidelines.
And finally, and a big hurrah for this, we have a new driveway in the making. Not quite finished yet but already so much easier to navigate.
As usual we have seedlings popping up all over the show, and cuttings rooting at a rate of knots too. If they are not ready for spring they will be ready for Autumn as we strive to provide a selection of plants to complete any garden.