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Backyard Bl tz
Enjoy your great
outdoors this winter
Enjoy your great
outdoors this winter
ANYONE who has driven past Burra
Garden Supplies in recent days and seen
the forest of bare branched plants that
have sprouted will know the season.
It is the time of the year when serious gardeners get
It is bare rooted planting season and the variety of
plants available at Burra Garden Supplies is fabulous.
The range of fruit trees includes the increasingly
popular dwarf varieties which make fruit trees so easy
Normal sized fruit always within reach make dwarf
fruit trees ideal for the elderly or those with small gar-
dens, and these are perfectly at home in pots. They love
sunny courtyards and are without epic pruning and
There are berries, asparagus, box for hedging and
ornamentals including weepers.
There is a standardised English Elm which must
look increasingly amazing as the years pass. If you love
the English Elm, this is a way of fitting one into an even
It is impossible to talk about bare rooted plants
without talking about roses and Burra Garden Supplies
has a rose for you.
This year that includes miniatures. There are old
favourites and new varieties such as the red Gallipoli
Get in early as this is the time of year eagerly an-
ticipated by most gardeners and the pick of the crop is
available right now.
Burra Garden Supplies’ proprietor Kelly Hughes
said, “There is a two month window until roughly mid
August when the roots, still in their temporary bare
rooted medium, begin to move and are looking for real
soil as the buds begin to swell.”
For those new to gardening, planting bare rooted has
many benefits but the primary one is the plant is in the
ideal state for transplanting and will suffer no stress.
Large plants are much lighter when dormant and
easier to handle.
Burra Garden Supplies has all the expert advice and
any additional materials you might need to complete the
job, including an enriched planting medium, fertilisers
to kick start growth and seven different types of mulch
to suit all tastes and garden styles.
Burra Garden Supplies deliver to all areas.
Gardeners’ delight: Kelly Hughes with Betty Cuthbert, a pretty apricot rose named in hon-
our of the famed Olympian. Kelly was surrounded by a forest of bare rooted plants in the
Burra Garden Supplies nursery. With hundreds more still to arrive, the rush was already on
early on Thursday morning.
ready to pick
by Karen Haw
from The Town
HERE we are in the middle of winter
and no one feels like going outside in the
cold and gardening.
However this is the time of year when there is a
huge choice of trees, shrubs, vines and roses available
as bare root specimens not readily available at other
times of the year.
The advantage of bare root trees is they are generally
much cheaper than potted trees. This is especially true
for ornamental trees such as weeping maples and forest
Now is the time to buy fruit trees. Just about every
variety is available and the trend are dwarf trees that
only grow to around 2.5metres.
Dwarf trees mean less maintenance and the range
of dwarf trees increase every year. This year there are
apricots, plums, pears, cherries, peaches, almonds and
nectarines. Citrus are popular and also available as
dwarf trees, but these are available year round in pots.
When it comes to a feature tree the general choice is
an ornamental tree such as a capital pear or maple, but
sometimes it is worth considering a fruit tree.
The four season peach trees ticks all the boxes. Also
known as Silvan Sunset, this is a new release for 2016.
This is a different variety of peach as it has something
to offer in all seasons, beginning with a large amount of
high coloured blossom in spring, followed by medium
sized, golden, clingstone fruit with firm flesh which is
juicy with good flavour in late summer.
Golden autumn foliage is also a feature and
extremely high colour branches in winter makes this
variety a great all-rounder.
This is also a dwarf tree to around two metres and
also a prolific bearer. The peaches eat well fresh or can
be cooked or canned.
When planting fruit trees, it is always important to
check whether a pollinator is required. Stone fruit like
peaches and nectarines are self fruitful, whereas most
plums, apples and pears need pollinators and European
plums do not cross pollinate Japanese plums.
Apricots will fruit with one variety but will fruit more
with another variety. If space is limited you can buy a
double grafted tree but we find it is a much better option
to plant two trees in the one hole (called duo planting).
When two trees are planted together they each grow
on their own rootstock, but with double grafted trees the
stronger variety generally takes over and unless you are
an expert on pruning they are not always successful.
It is important to remember to spray stone fruit over
winter and at bud swell with copper or lime sulphur to
help prevent curly leaf in the spring.
Roses also benefit from a spray with lime sulphur
over the winter months. Lime sulphur is an ideal winter
clean up spray. It kills pests and diseases such as
powdery mildew and mites and also removes spores so
spray the plant and around the ground.
Winter is also an ideal time to plant strawberry
runners and they are also much cheaper but if you want
something different there are some new varieties that
will be available in nurseries from July. United Nursery
has introduced three new strawberries: Pineberry,
Bubbleberry and Strasberry. Pineberry Strawberry is a
hybrid-cross variety with fragrant, white flesh fruit, red
seeds and white blooms.
It is beautiful in appearance, with flavour notes of
strawberry and pineapple.
Pineberries are actually the oldest strawberry
variety. Originally strawberries were white in South
Opening eyes: Philip Neilson was at the Melbourne
Flower and Garden Show promoting the new range of
strawberries he has introduced to Australia.
Winter is the time to think fruit and berries
America and red in North America
(known as scarlets).
Pineberries are grown from vegetative
stock, producing superior fruit when
compared to seeded varieties.
Bubbleberry strawberry is a high
yielding, heirloom variety with fragrant,
soft pink strawberry fruits. It is sweet
tasting in flavour, with a bubblegum or
mixed berry undertone.
This heirloom variety was popular in
the nineteenth century and referenced in
Jane Austin’s novel Emma.
Best consumed when pink, the
Strasberry strawberry produces plump,
juicy deep seeded fruit. Raspberry like in
appearance, Strasberry is a sweet tasting,
hardy strawberry with a mild raspberry
Pineberry and Strasberry require a
pollinator of one quality red strawberry in
order to fruit. Bubbleberry does not require
a pollinator and can act as a pollinator to
the Pineberry and Strasberry.
These strawberries are a result of natural
crossings and definitively not a mixture
of different fruit species or genetically
adapted fruit as some people might
They are new to Australia and an
ideal present for that person that has
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