Home' The Great Southern Star : July 26th 2016 Contents PAGE 30 - “THE STAR” Tuesday, July 26, 2016
By Karen Haw,
The Town Centre Nursery
HERE we are in the middle
of winter and no one feels
like going outside in the cold
and gardening but this is the
time of year when there is a
huge choice of trees, shrubs,
vines and roses available as
bare root specimens that are
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 pansies.
Fruit trees, now is the time to buy.
Just about every variety is available
and the trend is 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, al-
monds and nectarines. Citrus are
very popular and are 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 Sil-
van Sunset this is a new release for
2016. This is a very 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 vari-
ety a great all-rounder. This is also a
dwarf tree to around two metres and
also a prolific bearer and the peaches
eat well fresh or can be cooked or
When it comes to planting fruit
trees it is always important to check
whether a pollinator is required.
Stone fruit like peaches and nectar-
ines are self fruitful whereas most
plums, apples and pears need pollina-
tors and European plums do not cross
pollinate Japanese plums.
Apricots will fruit with one vari-
ety 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
When two trees are planted to-
gether they each grow on their own
rootstock but with double grafted
trees the stronger variety generally
takes over and unless you are an ex-
pert on pruning they are not always
It is important to remember to
spray stone fruit during 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 win-
Lime sulphur is an ideal win-
ter 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
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 Nurs-
ery has introduced three new straw-
berries Pineberry, Bubbleberry and
Strasberry. Pineberry Strawberry is
a hybrid-cross variety with fragrant,
white flesh fruit, red seeds and white
blooms. Beautiful in appearance,
with flavour notes of strawberry and
Pineberries are actually the oldest
strawberry variety. Originally straw-
berries were white in South America
and red in North America (known as
scarlets). Pineberries are grown from
vegetative stock, producing superior
fruit when compared to seeded vari-
Bubbleberry strawberry is a high
yielding, heirloom variety with fra-
grant, soft pink strawberry fruits. It is
sweet tasting in flavour, with a bub-
blegum or mixed berry undertone.
This heirloom variety , was popular
in the 19th Century and referenced in
Jane Austin’s novel ‘Emma’.
Best consumed when pink, the
Strasberry strawberry produces
plump, juicy deep seeded fruit. Rasp-
berry like in appearance, Strasberry
is a sweet tasting, hardy strawberry
with a mild raspberry flavour.
Pineberry and Strasberry require
a pollinator of one quality red straw-
berry in order to fruit. Bubbleberry
does not require a pollinator and can
act as a pollinator to the Pineberry
and Strasberry. The pollinator is very
important without this the strawber-
ries will not bare any fruit.
These new varieties are only
available in pots and not as bare root
runners as are other strawberries over
the winter period. 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 think.
They are new to Australia and an
ideal present for that person that has
Backyard Bl tz
Enjoy your great
outdoors this winter
Enjoy your great
outdoors this winter
A LEONGATHA resident awoke earlier
this month to find a decapitated garden
gnome sitting in her front garden.
Zoe Baillie opened the curtains of her Watt
Street home on Sunday, July 10 to find what she
thought was her neighbour’s pet sitting on the
front lawn. Upon further inspection Ms Baillie
realised it was in fact a small concrete statue.
“Somebody had obviously stolen it from an-
other person’s garden because I had never seen it
before,” she said.
“Two days later my neighbour came over to
tell me he had found the gnome’s head in his gar-
den amongst some bushes. It was very strange.”
Ms Baillie said she is happy to hear from any-
body who has recently lost garden ornaments in a
bid to return the gnome to its home.
“It would be lovely to see it reunited with its
owner,” she said.
“They can come retrieve it if they can describe
it to me over the phone. My number is 0447 752
The strange occurrence followed a spate of
garden ornament thefts in Leongatha with a num-
ber of users on the Leongatha Buy/ Swap and Sell
Facebook page taking to social media to share
their found decor.
Gnome away from home
MULCHING your garden beds im-
proves soil health and prevents water
loss through evaporation.
Mulching is the number one rule for water con-
servation in your garden. Adding mulch to your
garden beds can prevent water loss by up to 25
percent, reducing evaporation rates and increas-
ing the water storage capacity of your soil.
Soil is the starting point for life in the gar-
den (and in the forest, bush and grassland). It is
continually being made in one of nature’s great
We can’t make it - the plants and animals do
- but we can assist the process by regularly return-
ing organic materials to the earth.
Mulching also suppresses weeds, which com-
pete with your plants for nutrients and water, pro-
Important: your garden will do much better
if mulch is applied regularly.
Much ado about mulch
vides a stable soil temperature to promote plant
growth and, of course, saves water.
Take a look: Isla Haw with new hellebore
called Sophies Delight.
Winter’s not the time to relax
What a flower: new floribunda
camellia called It’s Gorgeous.
Try this one: Isla Haw with new floribunda camellia.
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