Feb 102014
 

Marigold Flowers (Photograph by Bulleen Art & Garden)

Natural Insect Repellents… Plants, recipes and ideas

I was amused, reading an article that stated “the success of insect repellent plants is part folklore, part experience and part wishful thinking.” I’d like to think that gardeners in earlier times used plants seriously for all sorts of purposes and that hundreds of years of experience has given truth to some of these uses. I also wish that as a society we could adapt natural methods of pest control. Too many toxic chemicals that poison our soils, our water, our wildlife, our plants and ourselves!

There is a vast array of information out there about using plants for medicinal remedies, as insect and disease repellents and for companion planting in the garden. I will give you a few ideas and some recipes to lead you down the garden path to more sustainable and friendly gardening.
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Feb 082014
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

Kiwi fruit are vigorous deciduous vines that must be pruned and trained to manage them. They are usually pruned in winter when they are dormant, but also require pruning several times during summer after flowering.

These vines are trained in a T-shape with a trunk and two side branches (also called laterals or cordons) that are trained over a pergola or trellis.

Training begins in the first year to establish this shape, and the vines usually begin fruiting by their fourth or fifth year. Kiwifruit vines reach peak production after the eighth year and can live for more than 50 years.

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

Steps in Training a Kiwi Vine

First Season – develop a straight trunk that reaches the top of the support.

Second Season – establish main permanent side branches (cordons) and tie down to support structure.

Third Season – prune to create a framework with fruiting canes growing every 20-30cm from the main permanent side branches (cordons).

Fourth Season – the framework of fruiting canes is now established. These fruiting canes may be renewed each year, or pruned so they are retained for 2-3 years and then renewed.

Pruning an Established Kiwi Vine

Kiwifruit produce fruit on current season’s growth that is growing from buds on one year old wood (previous season canes). Shoots growing from older wood are rarely productive.

These vigorous vines are pruned heavily just like grape vines. Up to 70% of the previous season’s growth is removed to renew the fruiting wood.

Female plants produce fruit but male plants only produce flowers for pollination, so each is pruned differently.

Kiwi fruit are pruned both in winter and summer to manage their growth.

Winter Pruning Kiwifruit

The best time to winter prune a kiwi vine is early to mid winter, as later pruning may cause excessive sap flow from the pruning cuts, which can weaken the vine.

Winter pruning female kiwi vines

A female kiwifruit vine is pruned to create a framework which has fruiting cane growing every 20-30cm on either side of the permanent side branches (laterals or cordons). Therefore each metre length of lateral branch will carry 6-10 fruiting canes.

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New fruiting canes usually grow from the base of last year’s canes.

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

  • Remove older canes that have already fruited, leaving new fruiting canes growing from the base of last year’s canes, spaced every 20-30cm along the permanent main branch.
  • Shorten these new replacement fruiting canes to a manageable length to force growth of fruiting side branches next season, and tie them to the support wires. Do not twist canes around support wires as this restricts sap flow and the canes may strangle themselves.
  • Remove any canes that are diseased, broken, tangled, crossing or rubbing on other canes.

Any new fruiting canes growing directly from the cordon may be left to replace older wood in the future. Any spurs (short fruiting branches with buds close together) which usually grow from the older wood, such as the main cordon itself, should be left as they are very productive.

Winter pruning male kiwi vines

The only purpose of male kiwi fruit vines is to produce flowers for pollination, and since they grow more vigorously than the females, their pruning requirements are slightly different.

  • The winter pruning of male vines is actually carried out much later in spring, straight after flowering.
  • After flowering prune back the canes to 15-30cm long. The new growth produced in summer will produce flowers in the following year.

Summer Pruning Kiwifruit

In summer kiwi fruit will grow very vigorously, and most of this new growth should be removed.

  • If the kiwi vine has fruited, cut back the canes to 3-4 buds (leaves) after the fruit so the vine puts its energy into developing the fruit rather than more green growth.
  • Prune back all vigorous upright growth (water shoots) back to two buds.
  • If fruit is shaded it will not ripen, so prune away all other green growth except for any shoots growing from the base of the fruiting cane. Shorten these to two to three buds to provide next year’s fruiting wood. Other leafy growth can be removed throughout the summer as it arises.
  • After harvesting, the fruited shoots are pruned back to two buds beyond last fruit. By third year cut back to dormant bud near main arm.
  • Remove all suckers or shoots that grow from the trunk during the growing season
Jan 312014
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden
As the temperature begins to rise and water conservation continues to impact on gardeners, people are watering less and are looking to find alternatives for vegetation. But by using some simple planting techniques you can help to decrease the heat around your home and in turn reduce energy consumption.

In response to global warming and water restrictions across the country, politicians are suggesting quick fix strategies to combat climate change. The latest suggestion to come out of Western Australia is that we need to get rid of lawns because they are impractical. But as members of the gardening and landscape industry what we really need is long-term solutions.

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Jan 302014
 

Photo courtesy St Bernadette's Primary School, Ivanhoe

We have a range of varieties suited to Melbourne’s cooler climate including Goldfinger, Ducasse, Dwarf Red Dacca, Lady Finger, Valery, Rajapuri and Dwarf Cavendish (all while stocks last). As soon as the worst of the summer heat is over plant them in a warm micro-climate with plenty of time for them to establish themselves before winter. Due to the seasonal nature of Bananas we only have stock from December/January until April. Read on for planting, growing, harvesting and cool-climate variety info.

For those of you wondering how well bananas can grow in Melbourne, these pictures were all taken at St Bernadette’s Primary School in Ivanhoe. They are rightfully very proud of their bumper banana crop!

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Jan 292014
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

Gluts, gluts, gluts. Funny word, but gluts in your produce garden are rather unfunny if you can’t get rid of the excess. It’s a familiar story: joy as we watch the new season’s vegetable and fruit crops starting out healthy and abundant, and our disappointment with the waste when crops become over-productive.

So if you’re sick of eating zucchini slice for dinner every night, and need some ideas about how to stop those tomatoes sagging on the bench, the peaches from piling up, and getting rid of the rocket before it goes bitter, then read on!
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Jan 182014
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

These wonderful miniature gardens are the ultimate in low maintenance gardening and decorating. The traditional fish bowl style remains a favourite, but the new range of glass designs, together with gorgeous miniature animals, rocks, whimsical creatures and artifacts have taken terrariums to new levels of fun and charm.

Join BAAG’s terrarium specialist and senior horticulturalist Joy Froebel on Australia Day (26th January) at 11am to learn how to design and construct your terrarium. Find out about the materials and plants that best suit various terrarium styles and the position and maintenance needed to keep them looking at their best. Bookings are not required, just show up on the day.

Dec 202013
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

We are currently sold out of Jujubes. PLEASE REFER TO BOTTOM OF THIS FACT SHEET.

We are all very excited to finally have some jujube (Zizyphus jujuba) or Chinese red date trees to sell at BAAG. For me, thinking of this fruit brings back childhood memories eating them at Chinese restaurants in desserts such as “Eight Treasure Rice” when only the dried fruit were available and they were little known outside of the Chinese community.  It has been hard to get jujube trees in the past in Australia, but now that they are being grown at a small number of propagation nurseries here, they are starting to become more available.
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Dec 012013
 

Sand, Soil, Stone and Mulch delivery 7 days a week

We deliver all over Melbourne!

We can deliver our bulk sand, soil, mulch, compost and stone to your site in most areas of Metro Melbourne. Our fleet of trucks are on the road doing bulk sand and soil deliveries 7 days a week, and they come in all sizes (and colours). Our drivers are neat, fit, healthy and always up for a chat.

Contact the yard on (03) 8850 3030 or email yard@baag.com.au to discuss your delivery requirements.

Please note that a delivery surcharge applies on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Yellow Truck
Our smallest truck measures 2.2m mirror to mirror allowing it to fit down nearly every laneway in Melbourne. It can carry 4 cubic metres of light products, or up to 2 cubic metres of heavy products.

Pink Truck
Our bright pink truck catches the eye of everybody who sees it. Being 2.45m mirror to mirror wide, it can carry 3 cubic metres of heavy products or up to 7 cubic metres of light products. This truck has 2 compartments meaning we can easily deliver two separate bulk items at once. Talk to the boys in the yard regarding how loads can be split.

Purple Truck
Our big purple and green truck can comfortably carry 10 cubic metres of mulch or 4 cubic metres of heavy products. With 2 bays, it can also carry split loads with ease. Its width is 2.7m mirror to mirror.

Crane Truck
This big truck is 2.8m wide and can carry up to 5 cubic metres of heavy products or 6 cubic metres of other products. It can also carry up to 8 bulka bags at once. With the crane we can carry bulka bags or packs of sleepers over fences or put them onto some roof tops.

Tandem Truck
If you’ve got a big job on, we can send our Tandem truck to deliver a big load. No job is too big, we can organise any sort of quantity to your job site.

Truck and Trailer
This truck and trailer can deliver 20 cubic metres of heavy product and up to 30 cubic metres of light products.

Smaller delivery quantities may only be available to the following suburbs
Please note that deliveries of smaller quantities may only be possible to suburbs listed here, email the yard or phone (03) 8850 3030 to confirm. Please call even if your suburb is not listed, we may still deliver to you depending on your requirements.

Abbotsford
Alphington
Armadale
Arthurs Creek
Ascot Vale
Ashburton
Ashwood
Auburn
Balwyn
Balwyn North
Bellfield
Blackburn
Blackburn North
Blackburn South
Box Hill
Box Hill North
Box Hill South
Briar Hill
Brunswick
Brunswick East
Brunswick West
Bulleen
Bundoora
Camberwell
Canterbury
Carlton
Carlton North
Caufield
Clifton Hill
Coburg
Coburg North
Collingwood
Diamond Creek
Doncaster
Doncaster East
Donvale
Eaglemont
East Melbourne
Eltham
Eltham North
Essendon
Fairfield
Fitzroy
Fitzroy North
Glen Iris
Greensborough
Hawthorn
Hawthorn East
Heidelberg
Heidelberg Heights
Heidelberg West
Hurstbridge
Ivanhoe
Ivanhoe East
Kew
Kew East
Kingsbury
Lower Plenty
Macleod
Macleod West
Malvern
Malvern East
Melbourne University
Mont Albert
Mont Albert North
Montmorency
Northcote
Nunawading
Park Orchards
Parkville
Pascoe Vale
Plenty
Preston
Preston East
Preston West
Research
Reservoir
Richmond
Rosanna
South Yarra
St. Kilda
Surrey Hills
Templestowe
Templestowe Lower
Thornbury
Toorak
Viewbank
Warrandyte
Watsonia
Watsonia North
Wonga Park
Yallambie
Nov 302013
 

Sand, Soil, Stone and Mulch delivery 7 days a week

Soil Mixes

Vegie Mix


50% Premium Garden Blend Soil, 12.5% Cow Manure, 12.5% Organic Compost, 12.5% Mushroom Compost, 12.5% Soil Conditioner.

Vegie mix needs to be topped up every 12 – 24 months or you can top up a little at every crop rotation. As the vegies use up the compost and manure it needs replacing. We recommend topping up with a 50:50 mix of cow manure and organic compost or a 50:50 mix of cow manure and mushroom compost.

USES:
· New and existing vegetable and herb gardens
· Annuals and rose gardens

Bulk Potting Mix


Our bulk potting mix contains nitrogen, iron, iron sulphate, trace elements, controlled release fertilisers and wetting agents. The primary ingredient is pine bark which is composted following quality endorsed ISO9001 processes to ensure an excellent product of consistent high quality. Bulk Potting Mix is suited to a wide variety of general plant groups including indoor and outdoor use for pots, tubs, window and planter boxes.

How much Potting Mix do I need?
1/2 Wine Barrel – 90 litres, 500mm (20″) pot – 40 litres, 400mm (16″) pot – 30 litres, 300mm (12″) pot – 20 litres, 250mm (10″) pot – 10 litres, 200mm (8″) pot – 5 litres, 150mm (6″) pot – 2 litres, 75mm (avg. tube) – 0.3 litres

Garden Blend


70% screened soil, 20% Compost, 10% Chicken manure
pH 6 – 7
Ideal as a base soil. Garden Blend provides the answer to impoverished soils, or areas where recent building has left topsoil either removed or covered in rubble.

USES:
· Creating new garden beds
· Enriching poor quality soils
Note: Some batches may contain small foreign particles which cause NO harm to soil or plants

Lawn Mix


An excellent sand-based soil mixed with sufficient organic material to maintain a friable nature with good moisture and nutrient holding potential. Ideal for lawns.

USES:
· Perfect base for instant turf or raising new lawn seed
· Good for top-dressing existing lawns

How much do I need? Click here to use our handy calculator.

If you have any questions regarding the range and prices of soils and composts we stock please phone during business hours on 8850 3030. You can also email Landscape Supplies enquiries to yard@baag.com.au.

Sand, Soil and Mulch delivery 7 days

We deliver all over Melbourne!

We can deliver our bulk sand, soil, mulch, compost and stone to your site in most areas of Metro Melbourne. Our fleet of trucks are on the road doing bulk sand and soil deliveries 7 days a week, and they come in all sizes (and colours). Our drivers are neat, fit, healthy and always up for a chat.

Contact the yard on (03) 8850 3030 or email yard@baag.com.au to discuss your delivery requirements.

Please note that a delivery surcharge applies on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Sand, Soil, Stone and Mulch delivery 7 days a week

Smaller delivery quantities may only be available to the following suburbs
Please note that deliveries of smaller quantities may only be possible to suburbs listed here, email the yard or phone (03) 8850 3030 to confirm. Please call even if your suburb is not listed, we may still deliver to you depending on your requirements.

Abbotsford
Alphington
Armadale
Arthurs Creek
Ascot Vale
Ashburton
Ashwood
Auburn
Balwyn
Balwyn North
Bellfield
Blackburn
Blackburn North
Blackburn South
Box Hill
Box Hill North
Box Hill South
Briar Hill
Brunswick
Brunswick East
Brunswick West
Bulleen
Bundoora
Camberwell
Canterbury
Carlton
Carlton North
Caufield
Clifton Hill
Coburg
Coburg North
Collingwood
Diamond Creek
Doncaster
Doncaster East
Donvale
Eaglemont
East Melbourne
Eltham
Eltham North
Essendon
Fairfield
Fitzroy
Fitzroy North
Glen Iris
Greensborough
Hawthorn
Hawthorn East
Heidelberg
Heidelberg Heights
Heidelberg West
Hurstbridge
Ivanhoe
Ivanhoe East
Kew
Kew East
Kingsbury
Lower Plenty
Macleod
Macleod West
Malvern
Malvern East
Melbourne University
Mont Albert
Mont Albert North
Montmorency
Northcote
Nunawading
Park Orchards
Parkville
Pascoe Vale
Plenty
Preston
Preston East
Preston West
Research
Reservoir
Richmond
Rosanna
South Yarra
St. Kilda
Surrey Hills
Templestowe
Templestowe Lower
Thornbury
Toorak
Viewbank
Warrandyte
Watsonia
Watsonia North
Wonga Park
Yallambie
Nov 252013
 

What is it and why do it?

Crop rotation is the seasonal rotation of vegetable crops from bed to bed. There are many variants of crop rotation but they all more or less achieve the same thing. The main reasons for crop rotation are to reduce the incidence of disease, break pest cycles and avoid nutrient depletion. Plants are grouped into families that are related to each other, as they are prone to similar diseases and nutrient use, and moved progressively to each garden bed. The ideal crop rotation would be a six bed rotation with a five year gap between crops and a green manure crop with each rotation. Green manure is a legume crop grown to knee-height and then turned back into the soil to add nitrogen and organic matter. However many gardeners do not have the space or the number of beds to do this and there are ways to practice the principals of crop rotation in a smaller garden. For the home gardener the main thing to remember is to avoid planting certain groups of plants in the same spot year after year. The longer you can leave between planting the same crop in the same bed the better!
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Nov 232013
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

Blackspot on Roses

I grew up in South Australia where the hot dry summers were perfect for rose growing. Now I live in Melbourne and have had to become a lot more proactive in preventing and treating both blackspot and powdery mildew, as the wetter conditions leave the bushes a lot more vulnerable to attack. In a bad season, even the more disease resistant varieties can be affected. Not that this deters Melbournians from rose growing, this is after all the garden state (or was, and should be again) and people here clearly love their roses.
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Nov 202013
 

Sand, Soil, Stone and Mulch delivery 7 days a week

Mulch Product Range

Choosing the right type of mulch for you depends on which characteristics best suit your needs. Each mulch has its own set of characteristics that make it suitable for some situations but not for others. If you need further help choosing the right mulch for your garden please drop in to BAAG or phone us on (03) 8850 3030.

How much do I need? Click here to use our handy calculator.

Why should I mulch? Click here for our mulching factsheet.

10 mm Pine Bark


This pine bark based mulch is a by-product of the timber industry. It has been rated by the University of Queensland as being an ideal playground mulch.

10mm Pine Bark should be spread to a depth of 75 mm and be topped up every one to two years.
Suitability

  • General garden beds
  • Playground areas
  • Formal gardens
  • Small Gardens

Availability

  • Bags (coverage 0.75 – 1.0 square metre per bag)
  • Bulk (coverage 10-15 square metres per cubic metre)

40 mm Landscape Bark


This pine bark based mulch is a by-product of the timber industry. It has large sized particles which allow water to rapidly move through to soil surface taking advantage of any available water. Will take a long time to break down. It is best to blend compost or spread organic fertiliser across the soil surface prior to mulching.

40 mm Landscape Bark should be spread to a minimum depth of 75 mm and should be topped up every second year.
Suitability

  • General garden beds
  • Large garden beds

Availability

  • Bags (coverage 0.75 – 1.0 square metre per bag)
  • Bulk (coverage 10-15 square metres per cubic metre)

Milled Mulch


Milled Mulch is a beautiful looking mulch that is a by-product from the plantation timber industry. It is great at preventing weeds and retaining moisture in garden beds. The mix of small and medium sized pieces will bind together to hold their shape and position, making it fantastic for windy spots or slopes. It will add to the soil condition as it breaks down.

We recommend laying Milled Mulch to a depth of 75-100mm and it should be topped up annually.

Suitability

  • General garden beds
  • Small areas
  • Native gardens

Bio Mat Mulch


Partially composted pine bark based mulch, by-product of the timber industry. Contains recycled organic material (may include some inorganic material).

Excellent water conserving qualities. Its main attributes are that it binds well on slopes and windy areas, absorbs moisture and reduces run-off.

Bio Mat should be spread to a minimum depth of 75 mm and should be topped up annually.
Suitability

  • General garden beds
  • Slopes
  • Native gardens

Availability

  • Bags (coverage 0.5 – 0.75 square metres per bag)
  • Bulk (coverage 10-15 square metres per cubic metre)

Recycled Mulch


Recycled Mulch is produced from processed locally collected kerbside greenwaste. Improves moisture retention, encourage worm and microbial activity, suppress weeds, reduce sharp changes in soil temperature and prevent soils from repelling water. As the mulch breaks down it will further add organic material back to the soil.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the recycled nature of this product, it may contain occasional rubbish and other inorganic material.

Recycled Mulch should be spread to a minimum depth of 75 mm and should be topped up annually.
Suitability

  • General garden beds
  • Large garden beds
  • Native gardens

Availability

  • Bulk (coverage 10-15 square metres per cubic metre)

Soft Fall Mulch


Ranging from 3-15mm, this pine based mulch that is a by-product of the timber industry.
It comes from an environmentally sustainable source and has been approved for use in
playgrounds. The Soft Fall mulch has recently evolved in texture slightly.

Should be spread to a minimum depth of 75 mm in garden beds and 100mm in Playground areas.
Soft Fall should be topped up every one to two years.
Suitability

  • General garden beds
  • Playground areas

Availability

  • Bags (coverage 0.75 – 1.0 square metre per bag)
  • Bulk (coverage 10-15 square metres per cubic metre)

Lucerne

Grown primarily for animal feed, lucerne is high in nitrogen and is less likely to contain seeds than pea straw, but as a crop, does require higher levels of water to grow. Lucerne improves soil structure and increases nutrient levels as it breaks down. Lucerne helps stimulate root growth and decreases the chance of root disease in the soil.

Suitable for:

  • Rose gardens
  • Vegie patches
  • Annual garden beds
  • General garden beds

Pea Straw

Pea straw is a crop high in nitrogen grown mostly for animal feed. When used as mulch it breaks down within a year and improves soil structure and nutrient levels. The straw can contain pea seeds that are easily removed or dug over when they first shoot.

Suitable for:

  • Vegie patches
  • Annual garden beds
  • General garden beds
  • Fruit trees

Sugar Cane Mulch

Sugar cane mulch is a by-product of the sugar industry and is transported from Northern Queensland. It is a clean, straw-like mulch that contains low levels of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium and Sulphur. If it dries out, Sugar Cane Mulch can become hydrophobic and hamper water movement to the soil. Improves soil structure as it breaks down.

Suitable for:

  • Rose gardens
  • Annual garden beds
  • General garden beds
  • Slopes
  • Native gardens

Organic Compost


Although this is classed as a compost, many customers are choosing to use the Organic Compost as a mulch as well. It is a finer grade than the Recycled Mulch so will break down and need replacing sooner.

Locally sourced, composted material that re-purposes green waste that otherwise would end up in landfill. Our Compost contains composted plant matter that is rich in nutrients and helps improve impoverished soils, as well as helping to retain moisture. Our organic compost is made to Australian Standards AS 4454 at a temperature that kills any weed seeds and diseases. The combination of smaller and larger timber pieces provide ongoing carbon to feed and provide a substrate for the beneficial microbes in the soil that help to keep your plants healthy.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the recycled nature of this product, it may contain occasional rubbish and other inorganic material.

USES:
· Rose, Vegetable and Herb gardens
· Native gardens
· Aerated through the base of a new lawn before adding Lawn Mix

Other Mulch Options

Many other products can be used as mulch. Mulch is generally a product that is put on top of the soil to reduce water loss and suppress weed growth, so don’t forget alternative products such as granitic sand and lilydale or tuscan toppings… or even some of our screenings products 7 or 14 mm. Click here to see some of these products.

Sand, Soil and Mulch delivery 7 days

We deliver all over Melbourne!

We can deliver our bulk sand, soil, mulch, compost and stone to your site in most areas of Metro Melbourne. Our fleet of trucks are on the road doing bulk sand and soil deliveries 7 days a week, and they come in all sizes (and colours). Our drivers are neat, fit, healthy and always up for a chat.

Contact the yard on (03) 8850 3030 or email yard@baag.com.au to discuss your delivery requirements.

Please note that a delivery surcharge applies on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Sand, Soil, Stone and Mulch delivery 7 days a week

Smaller delivery quantities may only be available to the following suburbs
Please note that deliveries of smaller quantities may only be possible to suburbs listed here, email the yard or phone (03) 8850 3030 to confirm. Please call even if your suburb is not listed, we may still deliver to you depending on your requirements.

Abbotsford
Alphington
Armadale
Arthurs Creek
Ascot Vale
Ashburton
Ashwood
Auburn
Balwyn
Balwyn North
Bellfield
Blackburn
Blackburn North
Blackburn South
Box Hill
Box Hill North
Box Hill South
Briar Hill
Brunswick
Brunswick East
Brunswick West
Bulleen
Bundoora
Camberwell
Canterbury
Carlton
Carlton North
Caufield
Clifton Hill
Coburg
Coburg North
Collingwood
Diamond Creek
Doncaster
Doncaster East
Donvale
Eaglemont
East Melbourne
Eltham
Eltham North
Essendon
Fairfield
Fitzroy
Fitzroy North
Glen Iris
Greensborough
Hawthorn
Hawthorn East
Heidelberg
Heidelberg Heights
Heidelberg West
Hurstbridge
Ivanhoe
Ivanhoe East
Kew
Kew East
Kingsbury
Lower Plenty
Macleod
Macleod West
Malvern
Malvern East
Melbourne University
Mont Albert
Mont Albert North
Montmorency
Northcote
Nunawading
Park Orchards
Parkville
Pascoe Vale
Plenty
Preston
Preston East
Preston West
Research
Reservoir
Richmond
Rosanna
South Yarra
St. Kilda
Surrey Hills
Templestowe
Templestowe Lower
Thornbury
Toorak
Viewbank
Warrandyte
Watsonia
Watsonia North
Wonga Park
Yallambie
Nov 192013
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

Alyogyne huegelii

Australian member of the Hibiscus family known for its gorgeous open satiny petalled flowers. Flowering from late spring to the end of summer, it produces hundreds of flowers which open in the morning and last the single day. Colours range from blue to lilac purple, through rose pink to white. Breeding has produced some amazing forms and colours.

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Nov 182013
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

Unbelievably ‘on trend’ at the moment – succulents are the botanical star of social media. More photogenic than George Clooney, they cover just about every look from cute and country rustic (think Hens and Chickens (Echeveria) tumbling out of an old boot) to chic and architectural. Add in the ease of growing and caring for succulents and their meteoric rise in popularity makes more sense. Minimal water and maintenance, plenty of sun and generally good drainage, these are very simple plants to grow. Neglect works for succulents. Some have beautiful flowers which is an added bonus, but their true strength is in their fleshy leaves.

Check the slideshow below for some of the great cacti and succulents we have snapped at BAAG.

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