Apr 072015

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

If you are looking for a beautiful tree with delicious fruit to bring a wow factor to your garden then look no further than the Jaboticaba. The Jaboticaba (Myrciaria cauliflora) is a slow growing tree native to Brazil and surrounding countries. Jaboticabas are a striking ornamental tree with fine leaves, attractive bark and honey scented flowers. However, their most exciting feature is the grape-like fruit which grow directly on the trunk. This unique feature makes it an attractive and unusual feature in any garden.
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Apr 072015

Black Sapote Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden
The Black Sapote (Diospyros digyna) is an evergreen fruiting tree, related to the persimmon and native to Central America. Known as the chocolate pudding fruit, this tree produces masses of large green fruit which when ripe are soft and taste like chocolate pudding. The fruit are delicious eaten fresh or mixed with ice cream. The tree, which has glossy green leaves, will require a warm sunny position with protection from frosts in order to grow in Melbourne. Avoid exposure to westerly sun as it can burn the leaves and keep well watered in summer. The Black Sapote can tolerate a wide range of soil but will prefer a well drained, nutrient rich soil to thrive.
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Apr 012015

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I know our customer base is a pretty savvy and well informed one, but this is always re-enforced in March and April as sales of our native plants soar.  Our customers are well aware that this is the ideal time to plant natives and all of a sudden I am doubling orders for natives as they walk off the bench. The weather can still provide us with warm days in April, but without the hot sun and with rain happening or imminent it’s an ideal time for gardening and planting. Now is also the perfect time to start preparing your winter vegie patch. There’s plenty to do in the garden in April, so put summer behind you and get cracking!

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Mar 302015

BAAG Trading Hours over Easter

We’re open every day of the Easter and ANZAC Day holiday period. That’s right, both the nursery and the shop will be open for business so you can take advantage of the last long weekends of autumn, while the landscape supplies yard will be open and delivering. However, we do recommend getting any delivery orders in early, as we’re often extremely busy during these holiday periods. For BAAG’s trading hours head to http://www.baag.com.au/about/trading-hours/.

Good Friday – Nursery, Shop and Landscape Supplies 9:00am – 5:30pm
Easter Saturday – Landscape Supplies: 8:00am – 5:30pm, Nursery and Shop: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Easter Sunday – Nursery, Shop and Landscape Supplies 9:00am – 5:30pm
Easter Monday – Nursery, Shop and Landscape Supplies 9:00am – 5:30pm
ANZAC Day – Nursery, Shop and Landscape Supplies 9:00am – 5:30pm

Mar 252015

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

Persimmon are a highly ornamental deciduous fruit tree with dense bright green foliage, spectacular orange and red autumn colours, light grey bark, and a beautiful twisted form in old age. In same cases, the large orange fruit are held on the bare branches after leaf-fall, creating a jeweled sculpture! Height is 3-10 m, tending to under 5m in the home garden.

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Mar 222015

'Lach's Lovely Hand' © Bulleen Art & Garden

The pH of the soil is important in so far as certain elements, vital for plant function and growth, can only be accessed by the plant within a certain pH range. Outside this range the nutrients become “locked” by the soil and so the plant does not thrive. Soil pH is easy to test for with test kits, available from Bulleen Art and Garden; or you can bring a sample of soil from your garden to the nursery and have it tested for you.
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Mar 162015

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It is relatively easy to create a wetland habitat in your backyard that will attract frogs. The transportation of tadpoles from one area to another is prohibited, but if you want to have some amphibian friends in your backyard, just create a frog friendly environment and they will move in.
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Feb 252015

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Bulleen Art and Garden ran Harvest Festival Vegetable Competition as part of their Harvest Celebrations this year. And the winners were…

* biggest pumpkin/gourd was awarded to Katrina, on behalf of St John’s Community Garden, for their impressive butternut
* the pumkin/gourd with the most personality went to Ms Rachel Bishop, with her large orange pumpkin grown from a secret seed source
* natures mishaps. Well, lets just say the students of Our Lady of the Pines Garden Club more than deserved an award as their Pumpkin, which was clearly in the running for the biggest pumpkin, was vandalized in an “unnatural tragedy”. Clearly an Atlantic Giant.

All three winners received a $100.00 gift voucher from BAAG, which will hopefully take them into the next growing season.
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Feb 182015

Commonly known as Pandan, the Pandanus amaryllifolius is a strappy tropical plant widely grown for its use in asian cooking. It is a low growing plant to 1m with bright green blade like leaves and woody aerial roots.

In their native tropical environment Pandan plants grow in humid and wet conditions. In Melbourne, therefore, they need to be grown in a warm partly sunny (not western sun) spot with no frost in order to survive, as they will suffer if the temperature drops below 10 degrees. The most practical way to grow Pandan in Melbourne is in a pot. This way the climate and water can be controlled throughout the year, and the pot can be brought inside in winter to avoid the cold weather. Allow the plant to dry out a little in winter as this is their natural dry season. Pandans will benefit from a regular fertilising in the warmer months as well as watering with a seaweed solution to boost growth. If plant becomes pot bound, the best time to re-pot is in summer with a good quality, well draining potting mix.

If your Pandan is looked after through the Melbourne winter it will reward you with fresh leaves for many years!

Feb 012015

Summer holidays may be over, but summer itself is not. We got through early January incredibly well, cool and damp for the most part, difficult for tomatoes, but easy for watering.  Then summer began, we had shade cloth strung out all over the nursery to try and protect plants from the ferocious heat. In that sort of heat, it is essential to protect as many of your plants as possible, and keep up the water.  Pot plants may need to be watered three times a day – the heat and wind pulls the water out and they can dry out in a few hours.

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Jan 262015

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January 8th to February 15th 2015. Jenie Yolland is one of Melbourne’s most highly regarded original glass artists. Her designs are directly inspired by nature and include soaring clouds, heart-warming sunsets, glistening raindrops on gum leaves and even a macro photograph of chlorophyll cells. Read More.

Jan 212015

50% off BAAG’s entire range of water plants this Australia day weekend!

Friday 23rd – Monday 26th January

Water gardens and ponds are great additions to any garden – creating focal points, cooling the air and providing valuable water sources to our native animals. Summer is a great time to create a new water garden or get your pond looking great. Many of the water plants, particularly the lilies and lotus are coming into flower and the hot days mean getting a little wet in the process is fun. BAAG has over 50 varieties in stock including water lilies, water lotus, water oxygenators, ornamentals, pond marginals and edible water plants.

To find out more about how to make your own aquatic oasis head to our Aquatic Plants factsheet at http://www.baag.com.au/?p=5924.

Free Pond Maintenance Talk

Join Angelo on Friday the 23rd of January at 11am for an informative talk on how to best care for your pond. Learn how to keep your fish and plants healthy and happy using non-chemical, environmentally friendly techniques. Angelo will provide tips and tricks on selecting and re-potting pond plants, dealing with excessive algae outbreaks and maintain a healthy pond ecosystem.

Free Design Talk – Using plants to repel mosquitoes, flies and unwanted insects

Nothing can spoil a great BBQ more than an aerial assault from flies and mozzies. Before lighting scores of eye watering scented candles and pulling out the bug spray that gives everything a slight metallic taste, come down to BAAG and learn about using insect repelling plants in the garden.

Join us for a free design talk on Monday the 26th of January at 11am with BAAG’s senior horticulturalist Joy Froebel where you will find out which plants can help to repel mosquitoes, flies and other unwanted insects. Learn how the plants do it and pick up tips on how to use them in your garden as a part of your overall design.

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Saturday 7th March until Sunday 15th March

Autumn is a wonderful time to be in the garden. The extreme heat has all but gone and vegie patches are overflowing with their summer crops. There really isn’t much for us gardeners to complain about. We celebrate edible gardening all year round at BAAG, but the Harvest Festival is the one week of the year that we really cut loose and party hard… in an edible kinda way.

Come down and help us celebrate the splendour and seasonal bounty of fresh local produce at BAAG’s annual Autumn Harvest Festival. Join us for 9 days of fantastic events and specials, all guaranteed to get you gardening enthusiastically and, most importantly, growing your own food. Read on for a list of specials and events!
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