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Summer Gardening Tips

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 12:39:00 pm Australia/Brisbane

Now is the perfect time of the year to plant.

The warm conditions we are experiencing at the moment promote plant growth, allowing your tube-stock plants to establish quickly. Most parts of Australia have received some beautiful rain over summer. Just a few hints.... for the wet areas of Australia.

Pests and disease thrive in the warm moist conditions, just a little care at this time of year can make all the difference to your garden. Consider a visit to your local nursery for identification and treatment of problem areas.

For dry areas, now is the time to mulch the garden! Mulch provides many benefits to your plants. By helping to control weeds, your plants will benefit from the extra nutrients which are available to them. Moisture is retained in the soil saving precious water. Mulching also provides a consistent soil temperature, required especially for establishing young plants. Organic mulch varieties that provide additional nutrients are the perfect choice. Varieties such as cane mulch, bark and straw scattered at a depth of around 4 -5 cm would be ideal.

Please Note: While manure provides great nutrition to the garden, it needs to be well composted prior to application to avoid burning tender young plants.


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Introducing our new Guest Blogger

Thursday, 5 March 2015 12:39:00 pm Australia/Brisbane

Meet Emily

Hi my name is Emily Rigby

I grew up in the leafy suburbs of Brisbane and have always loved plants. In the year 2000, I escaped the city to the more tranquil and stunning Blackall Range in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, South-east Queensland. It is here that I started my family. Following my passion for plants and the natural environment I enrolled in a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) 3 years after my first child was born. During my degree my second child was born.

While studying at uni with my young children I spent many afternoons and weekends playing in the garden and trying my hand at propagating (through a lot of trial-and-error). I now find myself a qualified professional working with beautiful plants on a daily basis. In my line of work (and in my own garden) I have a strong emphasis on native plants however there are so many fantastic plants from all over the world that are absolute ‘must haves’!

In the spring of 2013 I bought my first house on three-acres where I live with my partner and two sons. Finally my own piece of dirt to plant in! So many weary pot plants that I had been dragging form one rental property to the next, at last set free in the rich volcanic soil up on the range… finally getting to put their roots down properly – just like me

Through this blog I would like to share with you some of my gardening experiences both at work and at home, so keep an eye out. Oh, and please feel free to share with me some of yours.

Until then… Happy gardening!

Emily
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Cool Autumn Colour

Thursday, 26 March 2015 3:40:00 pm Australia/Brisbane

I love colour in my garden...

In fact I love a splash of colour in any landscape.

I particularly like the affect this old tall pink Tibouchina ‘Kathleen’ has in my garden as it drops it’s soft pink petals on the lawn. When not in flower I barely notice this tree but at the moment, in full bloom, I notice it every time I drive in.

For any questions about garden care and planting, click the comments link below.


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Frogs in the garden

Friday, 8 May 2015 3:36:02 pm Australia/Brisbane


I love frogs!

I’m intrigued by the variety of frogs I come across at home and at work, in the garden, the forests… and then there are the ones you only hear and rarely see - particularly after some good rain (of which we have recently had plenty here in Queensland)

These little green tree frogs would have to be one of my favorites. I recently found 100's of these little guys sheltering in my umbrella fern shade house in the Mary Valley. It seemed every plant had a frog (or three) quite happily hiding among the fern fronds.

For any tips on keeping frogs happy in the garden or general questions about garden care and planting, click the comments link below.
I am more than happy to help!


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2015 Queensland Garden Expo

Friday, 3 July 2015 3:36:00 pm Australia/Brisbane


July 10, 11 &12.

A visit to this years Queensland Garden Expo is the perfect opportunity to find inspiration and keep up to date with the latest plant varieties and gardening products!

We are looking forward to catching up with our valued customers and introducing new customers to our convenient, mobile friendly website; the most convenient way to purchase healthy tubestock plants for your garden.

Visit our team at site 54, we'd love to see you there! Bring a friend along too, all new subscribers to our newsletter receive a free gift!

See you at the Queensland Garden Expo!


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Have you heard of National Tree Day?

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 8:40:00 pm Australia/Brisbane

Each year thousands of families, businesses and groups across Australia take part in National Tree Day. This year Planet Ark is celebrating 20 years of planting trees! In 2015, National Tree Day will fall on Sunday July 26th with Schools Tree Day on Friday July 24th although events can be held at any time during the year.

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Introducing Umbrella fern!

Friday, 4 September 2015 4:18:50 pm Australia/Brisbane

Australian native fern

Its common name arises from its unique arrangement of fronds in a circular pattern perpendicular to the stem. There really is nothing else quite like it.

Umbrella fern has to be one of my favourite plants and it’s very close to my heart…

I have spent more than 5 years researching successful propagation methods for umbrella fern and it is with great pleasure that I share with you my victory in taming this beautiful native for everyone to enjoy.
Umbrella fern is now grown in small plantations in south east Queensland under shade to supply premium cut foliage to the floriculture industry – so next time you’re at the florist look out for it (or request it!) in bouquet arrangements. A miniature bonsai-style umbrella fern whole-plant has recently become available from high-end florists and nurseries.

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You Love Lomandras! (And we know why)

Saturday, 3 October 2015 4:18:00 pm Australia/Brisbane

Lomandras are one of our most popular plants with our customers, and it’s simple to see why. They have so many great attributes!

They are an elegant native grass, growing in large rounded open tufts, like a green fountain or firework.
This round symmetrical shape makes them ideal plants for single plantings, for instance as an accent plant in the centre of a bed or the middle of a lawn.

Lomandras also make beautiful edging plants, as they keep their neat fountain shape without the need for trimming or clipping.
Less work for you! They create an impressive impact when used as a mass planting, for very low maintenance gardening.

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10 Ways to Control Weeds Organically

Friday, 13 November 2015 12:18:00 pm Australia/Brisbane

Controlling weeds, naturally.....

Spring is well and truly here! We are seeing our plants thrive, unfortunately the weeds are also making the most of the ideal growing conditions. So here goes, the battle of the weeds.Many of us have children and pets to be mindful of and are considerate of our environment and wildlife too! Chemicals are not an option then. We share some tips on controlling weeds naturally.

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Scented Gardens

Friday, 13 November 2015 12:18:00 pm Australia/Brisbane

Sweet smelling plants always add extra enjoyment to any kind of garden.

Even if you only have space for one tiny pot, on a balcony or window-box, make it a scented plant. The fragrance will travel on the breeze through warm air – so plant them where you can enjoy the natural perfumes while sipping your morning cuppa or evening drink.

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