In the ornamental garden, plant seedlings of statice, primulas, polyanthus, gypsophlia, hollyhocks, pansies, larkspur, aquilegias, stock, cinerarias, dianthus, Sweet William, alyssum, lobelia poppies and snapdragons. Tuberose, lily of the valley, crinum lily, daylily, lilium and water lily can also be planted.
In the vegetable patch, plant spinach, lettuce, silverbeet, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, leeks, kale, onions, garlic, asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries.
Kohlrabi is a cultivar of wild cabbage with a sweet/peppery flavour that can be best described as a cross between a turnip and a water chestnut with a crisp, crunchy texture.
Best eaten while still young and tender.
To prepare, remove the leaf stems and trim off the base and top.
With a vegetable peeler or sharp knife, peel as you would a potato. Cut into thin slices or wedges. Can be steamed, roasted or made into soup.
Potted cyclamens are happy indoors in a cool spot that receives bright light and is draught free. Keep away from direct sunlight.
Cyclamens don't like heated rooms, especially at night, so put your plant outside and bring it in the next morning.
Remove any spent flowers with a sharp tug. When flowering has finished, take the pot outside and leave it to dry for the summer months. Repot in autumn.
I like to prune wisterias in two stages.
In late summer, cut back the current season's growth to five buds or about 15cms from the old wood. In mid-winter, cut these stems back again by about half to leave no more than three buds.
Fig trees can be pruned now.
The shoots that produced the fruit should be cut out and the sturdy, young growths that appeared in summer trained to take their place provided they have been well ripened by the sun. Remove any over-crowding shoots.
Damaged branches can also be removed.
Rhaphioleois or Indian Hawthorns are tough, evergreen small to medium sized shrubs with a compact growth habit, so only minimal or no pruning is necessary.
These easy care plants will grow in either full sun or part shade and are not too fussed about soil type.
Rhaphiolepis 'Oriental Pearl' is a dwarf form with attractive dark green, glossy foliage that contrasts beautifully with the masses of showy white flowers with pink stamens from early autumn through to late spring.
Tolerant of salt spray, it's perfect for coastal gardens or when used as a low hedge or mass planted to create a very dramatic effect.
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