Buckinghamia celsissima b
Caryopteris x clandonensis
Dichorisandra thrysiflora B
Fiddlewood Tree B
Lagerstroemia indica BC
Peltophorum africanum B
Stachytarpheta b Stenocarpus sinnuatus
Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost'
B European Bees
C Carpenter Bees
Ipomoea Horsfaillaea B
Habranthus (Rain lily)
SALVIA PHYLLIS' FANCY
WHAT IS FEATURING IN THE GARDEN IN FEBRUARY:
January felt like a normal February with much needed rain and high humidity, so it will be interesting to see what our final summer month brings us weather wise. It is lovely to have full rainwater tanks.
The warmer temperature and high humidity is a great opportunity to take a few cuttings. Particularly of the subtropical plants like Carphalea, Crotons, Ixoras, Justicia, Eupatorium and Mussaenda. Take a soft stem cutting with a joint, take off the lower leaves and cut off any flowers. Plant a few of these cuttings in small pots with the joint just below the surface of the soil. Put the pots in a shade house or under a tree and make sure they are watered daily.
Roses are best grown on their own roots and this is an ideal time to strike some cutting. Cut a pencil thick stem which has a node with a couple of branches, cut about 5cms below the node. Cut the stems to about 20cms and put the stem in a pot in soil with the node below the surface of the soil. Put in a shady spot and keep well watered.
Salvias are wonderful fillers in the garden and if you have large clumps, you can simply dig up a small clump with roots and spread their cheer around the garden in the bare spots, keeping in mind the size of the clump and the colours. Taking cuttings is just as easy, just cut a green, soft stem just below a node, cut off the lower leaves and the top including the flowers. Plant the stem with the node just below the soil in a pot and keep moist and in a bright or sunny spot. Once established in the garden, most Salvias are very drought hardy and come in a wonderful range of colours.
I donít use a rooting compound and I use sandy loam as my soil. You can use honey but it has to be natural otherwise its anti-bacterial qualities are lost.
What wonderful planting weather! Consistent rain and high humidity. I keep popping things in all over the place. I donít even water them in as I usually do as there is always a shower of rain to send them on their way. I have planted sunflowers and perennials after sowing them from seed in the bush house.
With so much growth, cut backs are very necessary during this warm season. I find a small battery powered hedge trimmer and chain saw invaluable when pruning, along with the secateurs. Small branches, hedges and shrubs all need to be trimmed if they are encroaching into another territory. Perennials need to be cut back after flowering.
We put all our trimmings either on the garden if it is fine mulch or on our paths if it is wood chippings. We fine that the wood chippings on the paths are much better than crusher dust as it doesnít move as easily as crusher dust.
Mulching benefits greatly not only by supplying nutrients as it breaks down but also by keeping the soil cooler and it conditions the soil to make it more water retentive. Mulching also protects the soil from the heavy downpours of rain. Palm fronds, can be mulched by putting them through the shredder, and then put back onto the garden beds
Are loving all this extra moisture. Put in more beans so that you get a staggered crop. Perennial onions may be starting to shoot. The rhubarb is going well and so is the lettuce. I have got them in a shady place where they only get morning sun. Pak choy is also enjoying the heat and moisture. Chillis and capsicum can also be planted. Gingers and Turmeric are going gangbusters and loving the full sun and moisture. Herbs can be spread around the garden as well as near the kitchen so that they can be easily gathered when needed for cooking.
During summer orchids should be misted or watered every day on the days that it doesnít rain. On very hot days, they can be misted twice in one day.
Make sure that there is good air movement around your orchids. They are best hung in hanging baskets if large or terracotta pots if smaller so that they dry out between watering.
IN THE GARDEN
Let nature be your guide
ALOCASIA ESCULENTA 'BLACK MAGIC