I am VERY glad I installed a drip system last summer, all automated, and finally all my pots are now included. It has made this summer a breeze, with zero deaths in the garden and hopefully a bearable water bill (I have yet to see it, so, potentially there could be one death resulting…).
Yes, it’s on again this Australia Day weekend. Everything in our huge range of aquatic plants will be half the normal price. You will also be able to pick up a pre-formed pond or water bowl for 30% off the normal price.
These specials will be available from Thursday 26th until Sunday 29th January. Be sure to get in early as the popular lines don’t last long!
Basil is one of the best known herbs in the world, and with good reason. It’s tasty, attractive and very easy to grow. With over 100 different species to choose from, Basil is never faulty!
Summer is the perfect time to get in your Chilli and Capsicum seedlings. Once the fruit starts to set there is nothing better than seeing splashes of bright red, orange, yellow and green dotted throughout the vegie patch. There are so many great summer salads and stir fries to use them in… what are you waiting for?
There is something very soothing about the sound of frogs singing to each other in your garden. Making a pond that will attract and sustain frogs and tadpoles isn’t all that hard, as long as you keep a few important things in mind. A frog pond is a great project to undertake with the kids, why not give it a go next school holidays? Read on for all you need to know.
Grevillea Gaudi Chaudi is a prostrate, spreading grevillea native to south-eastern Australia. It features lovely maroon-red toothbrush flowers from spring to winter. They are a fantastic addition to a habitat garden, birds love the flowers! The foliage is tough and leathery, but quite beautiful. New foliage is reddish, turning mid to dark green as it matures.
This bank of Grevillea Gaudi Chaudi was planted 10 years ago in the High Country outside of Merrijig. A crowbar was used to plant tubestock into rock hard clay and within 5 years a complete cover had been established. It has never been watered or fertilised and it is subjected to baking sun, hard frosts and even some snow. Pretty sensational.
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.