NEW SEASON: Potted hippiastrums waiting for spring.
NEW SEASON: Potted hippiastrums waiting for spring. Donna Gibbs

New life with change of season

I'VE just returned from Melbourne after visiting my grandchildren.

There's not many flowers to see down there at this time of the year, but the colours of the leaves falling from the oaks, maples and other deciduous trees is really spectacular.

It was raining yellows, golds, reds, browns and all the colours in-between. It's not a sight I get to see up here.

Autumn is the perfect time to plant as the weather is gentler for establishing plants.

You'll get the best results by selecting plants that are matched to the environmental conditions of your garden - soil type, moisture levels, drainage and sun exposure.

A walk around your neighbourhood checking out their gardens will give you a good idea of what will grow well.

Try to use quality stock.

Bargain bins are fun but don't always deliver.

<< Indoor plants in style once again >>

I have just split up my hippiastrums and selected the biggest and best bulbs to replant. I have put some in pots that I can move around when they flower.

Don't dig too deep of a hole when planting bulbs.

 

Various bulbs ready to plant.
Various bulbs ready to plant. Donna Gibbs

It's nice for the plant to have fluffy soil for the roots to grow in but the soil may settle over the first few weeks after planting, resulting in the bulb being planted too deep.

Always water it straight away.

This gives the roots immediate, intimate contact with the roots and the best chance for it to become established.

This week I am planting iris and sparaxis bulbs in my flower garden.

I'll keep my fingers crossed and hope for a surprise because mother nature is fickle and doesn't always cooperate.



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