3-24 December 2016
Once again a mixed group exhibition will be filling our gallery with a wonderful range of artwork in a number of different media by some of our favourite local artists.
Fiona Clarke, Raine Edwards, Jane Dubsky ,Sue Davies, Glenn England, Lynne Foard, Lee Goller, Nicola Hoyle, Lene Kuhl Jakobsen, Jack Latti, Meredith Plain, Jenny Overton, Robyn Norris, Liz Walker
More information about this exhibition at http://gallery.baag.com.au/?p=3206
A beautiful garden makes outdoor entertaining all the more inviting. Longer days along with summer festivities make the garden a perfect extension to your indoor space. Prepare for a lovely time outside this summer. There are plenty of things that you can do in the garden, think summer, think colour.
As summer approaches our taste buds tingle in anticipation of luscious mangoes and other tropical delights. What better than to grow your own? Don’t be put off by the fact that you live in Melbourne, it is possible to grow a range of tropical and subtropical fruit varieties down here. The key to success with tropical and subtropical fruit is finding or creating the right spot or microclimate in your garden that will provide a warm, frost-free environment for optimal growth, flowering and fruiting, as well as providing a well-drained but moist soil. There is nothing quite like the taste and smell of ripening tropical fruit in summer, why not give it a try?
We are planning to produce an aphid factsheet in the near future.. but in the meantime we thought you would find this interesting!
If you see these shiny puffy brown mummified aphids on your roses – leave them there – each of these aphids has been parasitised by a tiny black wasp and now has a single wasp growing inside it. Each wasp can parasitise 200 aphids. There are some amazing youtube videos – if you have a strong stomach….A little bit of patience and between the ladybirds, lacewings, hoverflies and parasitic wasps – all naturally around – we have our aphids under control and we have done NOTHING – just waited until a natural balance occurred (and bit off a few fingernails during the wait).
5th – 27th November
An Exhibition by the Eastern Studio Potters and Artists
The members of the Eastern Studio Potters & Artists are once again exhibiting in our gallery. This group has been exhibiting at Bulleen Art & Garden for many years with a diverse, but unified body of work. There will be a botanical theme to this year’s exhibition, with flowers featuring in many of the artworks, expressed through ceramic flowers for your garden, to floral decorations on pots, to flowers as subject matter in paintings.
More information about this exhibition at http://gallery.baag.com.au/?p=3138
Duo or multi planting is our preferred option (rather than double or multi grafting) when two or more trees are wanted in a small space. The resulting multi trunked, single canopy tree, is easy to manage and prune. You can radically increase the number and variety of fruit trees in your back-yard orchard with duo or multi planting. This allows you to enjoy a wider range of fruit over a much longer period.
This is probably the busiest month of the year for gardeners. Warmer temperatures and the recent rains make for perfect planting conditions. As you can see from the pic above, it is also Tomato Time! Cup Weekend is traditionally the ideal time in Melbourne to get your tomatoes into the ground. In the rest of your garden, plants are either busily flowering or pushing out new growth. Birds, spiders, lizards and ladybirds are feasting on aphids, whiteflies and other sap sucking insects that love to feed on new spring growth. Allow predators to thrive in your garden by reducing or eliminating spraying, planting lots of flowers and creating a diverse and nature friendly garden.
The soil is warming, and plants are loving it. Enjoy the spring with its delightful blossoms and go out and get your hands dirty! The nursery is now fully stocked with plants for every situation, and as far as months go, they don’t come much more ideal than October for getting into the garden.
There is nothing like the taste and satisfaction of growing your own vegies. Not only are there the health benefits of growing your own produce for your family, you are also helping the planet by reducing your food miles. Kids love planting vegies and watching them grow, so it’s a great outdoor activity for the whole family. If you have never tried or would like a bit of a refresher this is a great place to start.
It really is an amazing season for these Magnolias. Sometimes the rain, the temperature and daylight hours all come together and some species just have a fabulous season. This year has seen the Fairy Magnolias and other hybrid Magnolias absolutely laden with flowers. I love the bold leaves of the fairy magnolias, they have a real presence in the garden, giving both gravitas and elegance. Equally good, but different, is the Magnolia ‘White Caviar’. A lighter glossy green leaf and striking flowers give it a lighter feel in the garden. All these Magnolias are versatile (full sun to part shade). Not too big, but big enough to screen or make a 2m hedge. Click through for more information.
We have a Champion and a Smyrna quince trained along the edible alley wall. The Champion is in full glorious blossom, and the Smyrna is about to burst. This photo doesn’t do the blossom justice, truly, Quince blossom must be some of the most beautiful in the world. The bees are busy, so am hoping for some fruit this year. Fingers crossed. Click through for info on this wonderful fruit.
9th September to 2nd October, 2016
The Yow Yow sisters, Sharon Edwards, Sue McCormick and Andrea Tilley, will be back in the Bolin Bolin Gallery this year with their new exhibition. Wander through their garden gate and see their Quirky Creatures, Flowers and Fruits and Things made from clay and metal.
More information about this exhibition at http://gallery.baag.com.au/?p=3066
September is a magnificent month to be out in the garden. You can smell spring in the air and the soil is starting to warm up, just like us. Spring is the turning point for planting options… the variety of plants that are happy to hit the soil in spring is huge, no matter what type of garden you like. After a cold winter there is nothing better than waking up to a sunny Saturday, throwing on a T-shirt and getting stuck into some gardening. We all have loads of jobs that have been neglected all winter, get started today!
Nothing compares to the taste of homegrown strawberries, and those monster things you buy in punnets at the shops are generally a poor (and expensive) imitation. So, why not grow some strawberries at home! Good position and good soil are the keys to successful strawberries. Strawberries are actually a European cool-climate plant, and need to be treated with a bit of love in our part of Australia. For those of you growing strawberries during the warmer periods of the year, we suggest growing under a little shade cloth cover. This is ‘slip, slop, slap’ for your strawberries to stop the sunburn… they’ll thank you for it! In the cooler months, a nice, warm, full-sun to part-shade spot is perfect… morning sun with protection from the afternoon rays.