The nights have cooled, days are short and the winter shadows in the garden have kicked in. As we head into the winter solstice, our garden slows down its growth and frosty mornings move in. With a nice soil moisture boost in May, early frosts have been kept at bay and have given the garden a chance to progress further into the season.

Backhousia citriodora – Lemon Myrtle

Lemon Myrtle is an attractive native large shrub with profuse flowers in summer. Its height can measure three to six metres and width two to three metres, making it a great screening feature tree. This plant tolerates some shade when young but then prefers full sun in well drained soils as it becomes more established. Just one or two leaves of this native shrub can give a special touch to your cooking including baked chicken.

Sarcotechia serrata – Fern Leaved Tamarind

Sarcotoechia serrata is not called Fern-Leafed Tamarind for nothing. This plant has the most gorgeous soft ferny foliage that you can ever imagine. The feathery fern-like new growth starts out pastel pink and then fades to cream and green as it matures. What’s more, this plant is only a shrub, so it fits beautifully into a suburban landscape. The Fern Leaved Tamarind prefers some protection and enjoys full sun and/or semi shade. 

Leptospermum brachyandrum - Silver Weeping Tea Tree

An attractive small tree with gently arching branches, silver foliage and small white flowers occurring in spring. This tree grows in full sun to part shade and measures to a height of four metres with a spread of four metres. It is suitable for poorly drained soils and will require some moisture to establish. Once established Silver Weeping Tea Tree requires very little maintenance, however this plant will benefit from an annual tip prune.

Callistemon citrinus – ‘Hinchinbrook’

A distinctive squat growing shrub with attractive broad leaves and bronze new growth. Hinchinbrook is well known for its clusters of red brushes with gold anthers that appear in spring. The shrub grows to measure one and half metres in height. Hinchinbrook is a compact bottlebrush and is ideal for a screening or shelter plant


Grevillea - Golden Lyre

This stunning low growing plant is smothered in bright yellow flowers for most of the year. Golden Lyre is a hybrid between Grevillea Honey Gem and the species Grevillea Formosa and measures to a height of two metres with a spread of three to four metres. The grey/green divided foliage is carried on spreading, gracefully arching branches giving the appearance of a male lyrebird in courtship display. Honeyeaters love the nectar. 

Stenocarpus - Doreen

Doreen is a compact, beautiful, fast-growing native rainforest shrub with delicate ferny foliage and curly white flowers. It’s tougher than its pretty appearance would suggest. You can leave to grow up to five metres or clip to an attractive hedge. If you’re looking for a fast growing screening plant and want something a little different Doreen could be the one for you. Growing around three metres tall by a similar width, a quick prune will keep it lower and bushier.

The El Nino has been weakening and we are said to be in for above average temperatures from May to July this year. This will make it difficult for cropping vegetables here in South-East Queensland that require the cold months for successful production. Additionally, we could be in for above average rainfall with The Bureau of Meteorology giving a 65% chance of this happening. Greater soil moisture through the colder months can be useful for keeping frosts mild or at bay in some areas. This could be good news for your veggies that enjoy the warmer temperatures.

The next month or two is harvest time for many of the crops you had planted throughout autumn. Additionally, if you have been growing strawberries, you should be starting to enjoy the feasting of these. Sowing of seeds and planting of new seedlings however is generally not ideal until mid-August when daytime temperatures rise and the days lengthen. So, as you harvest crops through early to mid-winter, prepare your spring beds by planting a cover crop ready to dig in August/September, or leave fallow under fresh manures and mulch.

Our garden center is full of new and exciting products that can brighten your home. We are also have a diverse range of gifts and goodies!

Come in and talk to our friendly staff
FAB HABITAT MATS – 100% recycled outdoor mats
Made from 100% recycled polypropylene with a focus on keeping our environment green, healthy and sustainable. Fab Rugs are made from recycled shopping bags and other discarded plastic articles made of Polypropylene. The rugs are soft yet durable, can be washed & stored easily. Great to take camping, down the beach or to have on your balcony or patio.

 Winter is a really good time for general garden maintenance that you tend to run out of time for in the warmer months. Early winter is a good time to re-pot any citrus you have and also to do some light pruning. Be wary of any plants in your garden that will blossom in late winter or early spring. Be sure as to not prune any limbs and stems from plants where flower buds are likely to occur. General garden duties such as fertilising and weeding are good to get on top of also. 

Particularly as August approaches and soils start to dry out. Fruit trees during this time in August will prosper well from additional moisture and a good fertiliser to help with fruit production. Be sure to start managing any signs of pests as they try to re-establish toward the end of August.

This week in the Garden Centre we are featuring Native Bees. These bees are stingless and look like a black flying ant. Native bees are such an essential element in helping your garden and edibles pollinate and prosper. These small significant bees often go unnoticed and you sometimes don’t even know you have them in your garden. Like any insect activity there are good and bad ones, but the Local Native Bee is certainly one we want to protect and encourage into our gardens. Visit our Garden Centre today to find out more.
The revolutionary Australian made product that is a safer alternative to traditional outdoor candles and lanterns. This product is easily lit as required with no risk of spillage. There is also no harmful black smoke or unpleasant odours. You can combine a citronella oil insert that will help to keep the mosquitos and sand-flies away.
Neoflam is renowned for their quality products and dedication to consumer and environment health. With great designs and high durability. This entire range is 30% off in store and for the month of June with any purchase of a Neoflam pan you can get a 20cm fry pan for just $39.95 normally retailing at $99.95. Visit our Garden Centre today.
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