Oct 182014
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

Globe Artichokes (Cynara scolymus) are large thistle plants native to the Mediterranean, cultivated as a delicious food source. The plant itself has beautiful foliage, with large deeply lobed silvery green leaves which can be a stunning feature in both vegetable and ornamental gardens. There is a lovely purple-green leaved variety also available. Within the plant’s spiky leaves lies a tender artichoke heart that has a delicate, slightly nutty flavour which yields a mild lingering sweetness. This heart (or globe) is the immature flower head of the plant.
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Oct 032014
 

Gallery Exhibition - Happy Laughing 2 Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

An exhibition of pottery, art and mosaics by the participants of St John of God Disability day service Churinga Pottery from 3 October to 26 October. The creative artists of Churinga Clayworks have become known and loved for their imaginative sculptures, vibrantly coloured tableware, tiles and mosaics. The freedom and vivid expression of each individual has developed into styles, which are unique. The artwork is highly sought after and each piece is made with an enjoyment that is evidently shared with anyone who encounters it. Click here for more images and info.

Oct 012014
 

October is such a busy month in the garden and BAAG is inundated with people wanting advice and help as they launch into spring planting. To make it a bit easier we have Maria (teacher of untold number of vegie gardeners) and Angelo (leading permaculture advocate) giving advice on essential elements of produce gardening. These free sessions will be held every Thursday and Friday at 12 noon during October.

Thursday 9th – FAQs for growing vegies
Friday 10th – Companion planting your vegie garden for greater yields
Thursday 16th – Bulleen Basics for beginners in the vegie patch
Friday 17th – Natural pest control with companion plants
Thursday 23rd – Trouble shooting tomatoes
Friday 24th – Grow more vegies in your garden using Permaculture techniques
Thursday 30th – FAQs for growing vegies
Friday 31st – Making and using compost for a healthier, drought-resistant garden

We will announce sessions over the PA to make it easy to find.

Oct 012014
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & 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.

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Sep 232014
 

Practically Green Festival

The Practically Green Festival celebrates sustainable living and all things green with great activities for the entire family. A fun, family day out and it offers practical and simple ways to help you live more sustainably. The festival showcases the very best in sustainable building, retrofitting and living technologies and resources. BAAG will have an exhibit at the festival this year focussing on Home Produce.
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Sep 102014
 

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“Still Life with Fruit”

Thursday 18th September 5.30 – 7.30pm

• An artwork which celebrates homegrown local food and is a testament to BAAG’s commitment to food gardening. The sculpture, Still Life with Fruit by sculptor, painter, award winning author and puppeteer Lachlan Plain, www.lachlanplain.com, is a painterly rendition of the food gardener’s fruit bowl. At ten times the fruit’s original size this fibre glass sculpture will tower over the entrance of Bulleen Art & Garden, testament to BAAG’s commitment to food gardening.

RSVP essential – gallery@baag.com.au or 8850 3030.
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Aug 302014
 

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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!

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Aug 272014
 

(Photograph by Bulleen Art & Garden)
Citrus gall wasps (Bruchophagus fellis) are small (3mm) shiny black wasps native to northern Australia. There they have natural predators (two parasites) which keep the number of gall wasps under control. As the wasps have gradually moved south (thought to be via the movement of infected citrus trees), they have appeared in many areas without their natural predators, and consequently have exploded in numbers and caused considerable damage.
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Aug 222014
 

Gallery Exhibition - Feathers, Fur and Fins Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden
21 August – 28 September

This is a wonderful exhibition filled with animals with attitude and personality. The “Yow Yow” Girls; Sharon, Andrea and Sue, have worked together in clay for more than 10 years. 5 years ago they established a Studio at St Andrews. The name came about because the Yow Yow Creek joins the Diamond Creek on the property. The common thread with these 3 Artists is their love for a clay called B.R.T. It is chunky, strong, forgiving and you seem to be able to make almost anything with it. Click here for more images and info.

Aug 122014
 

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The hellebore, or Winter Rose as it is commonly called, adds charm and elegance to any garden. Their nodding flowers provide winter cheer throughout winter and on into early spring. The colours vary from white, green, pink to my personal favourite… black; with loads of and varying shades in between. The flowers also come in multi-coloured, spotted, double and single forms. If you have a spot in the garden that needs a lift in these cold months then look no further, the hellebore could be the star attraction you are looking for.
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Jul 312014
 

Well, the last weeks of winter are finally here, with the scent of Wattle signalling the promise of spring just around the corner. The first Magnolias are in flower and the gold and purple of Acacias and Hardenbergias create a dramatic floral display. The cold, frosty mornings are a prelude to the burst of new growth that heralds the coming new season of life. We have already had our fair share of frosty mornings and more are likely, so continue on with those frost damage prevention measures for a few more weeks yet.
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Jul 272014
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

I remember tasting my first Feijoa when one of the guys at University brought a bag of them on a class field trip. I was dazzled by these delicious little fruits and I can tell you that the bag of them did not last long! Feijoas, also known as Pineapple Guavas or Guavasteen, are native to Southern Brazil and Northern Argentina. You could be forgiven for assuming they are also native to New Zealand due to the way they are commercially grown there in the cool climate.
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Jul 142014
 

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The new Banyule Gardeners’ Almanac is very useful booklet for those new to vegie gardening, or those wanting to learn more. It’s packed full of info to help you start and plan a vegie garden, month by month guides on what to plant and what gardening tasks you should be doing, with pages to keep your own notes. Even though the Almanac has been produced in Banyule, much of the information is relevant to all municipalities around BAAG. The almanac is based on information collected from gardeners and speakers at the various Vegie Swaps in Banyule and has been supported by a Banyule Council grant. It has been beautifully illustrated by local artist Felicity Gordon. The Almanac costs $5 and is available now here at Bulleen Art and Garden. For further enquiries about the Almanac contact Julie on 0438 115 853 or email montymoves@gmail.com

Jun 252014
 

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18 June – 18 August

Includes sculpture made from recycled metal by Sean Diamond. Silky Oak hand carved relief panel is by Matt Baird. This exhibition features some fantastic sculpture made from recycled metal by Sean Diamond, from a detailed copper logging truck to a giant metal rose to tree made from metal salvaged at the royal Children’s hospital, to a number of large spheres. Click here for more images and info.