Wauchope Garden Club tips include preparation and planting in cooler weather

Sasanqua camellias. Photo supplied.
Sasanqua camellias. Photo supplied.

It's the middle of winter and new shoots are appearing on our plants in preparation for spring. There are lots of gardening, preparation and planting jobs to do in this cooler time, so let's get growing!

The Wauchope Garden Club meets this Saturday, July 13, at the Wauchope Uniting Church Hall from 9.30am for morning tea, followed by the meeting at 10am. This meeting focuses on camellias.

There are still beautiful flowers to sow and grow in winter. Statice is a tough annual with papery flowers in white, yellow, blue and rose, which will dry successfully in a vase.

Walking through an impressive display of paper daisies. Photo supplied.

Walking through an impressive display of paper daisies. Photo supplied.

Paper Daisy are a drought-hardy, native annual, which create a beautiful display of flowers.

Ageratum is a dwarf plant with soft, fluffy, blue flowers for a sunny flower bed.

Lavenders create an impressive display, not only for their flowers, but also the aroma when the leaves are crushed. They also attract pollinating insects, including bees, which are beneficial in your garden.

They prefer a sunny spot with well-drained soil, and a light prune each year keeps the plant bushy. Many colours and varieties are available.

If your plants are burnt by frosts, don't tidy them up until all the frosts have finished for the year, as the damaged bits will form a protective layer.

Plant bagged roses into prepared, sunny, well-drained spots as soon as possible after buying. Apply liquid seaweed to your plants regularly to strengthen them, and help them handle the cold.

Trim sasanqua camellias to shape after flowering has finished.

Split daylily clumps and spread them around the garden or give away.

Indoor plants are a favourite for many, but the winter heating takes its toll. Wipe over shiny leaves with a damp cloth and hairy-leaved ones need a gentle brush. Give them a light shower with luke-warm water occasionally.

Less water is needed in winter. Set the pot on pebbles to increase humidity.

Good gardening.

Robin Starr, Wauchope Garden Club

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