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February Jobs

February 16th, 2011

a good time to repot cyclamens

This is the month to repot cyclamens, and my little white cyclamen would just love me to do just that, so this little job is first on my to do list for February.  The lemon tree also would be very pleased to get a little TLC.  It has had a very hard summer, even though it has had plenty of water.  In fact, the poor wee thing has been drowned in the flood.  It has suffered gore wasps, black sooty mould and all in all is not all that happy. So, this month is a good month to treat the lemon tree to some good citrus plant food, dig around the bottom and mulch.  Mr Lemon tree might just get a little trim to tidy him up again as well.

time for the summer prune

This is also the time to give the roses their ‘summer prune’ to produce better blooms and to keep the bushes young and productive.  I approach this a little like picking a bunch of long-stemmed roses, although the roses at the end are all dead.   Summer pruning ensures plenty of glorious flowers in approximately six weeks time and the beautiful roses will bring us into autumn with a flourish!

After pruning I like to give the roses some good fertiliser, some blood & bone perhaps, water it in, add perhaps a touch of mulch and then wait for the autumn flush of roses to appear. 

The wisteria needs to have all those long excess summer canes trimmed back, they just go a bit wild at this time of the summer, I guess you might think they were having a last fling at life before the dormant winter to come.  Apart from all these jobs there is always the weeds and the vege patch so plenty to do out there, I just have to get on out there and do it!

Happy gardening!

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July Plant

July 27th, 2010

 

The Meyer Lemon

Every garden large or small should have room for a lemon tree.  What would we do without a lemon?  Lemons are the hardist of all the citrus family and there are types to suit all areas and they are very good to grow in tubs!  Large tubs of course!  I love my little lemon tree.  I have a Meyer lemon tree.  The Meyer is an adaptable hybrid more tolerant of climate extremes and my little Meyer is full of lemons for me right now.

I usually leave the fruit on the tree until ripe and pick as I need to.  Lemons can be used to make pomanders – stuck with cloves, rolled in orris root powder (available from health food stores and placed in drawers or wordrobes to scent your clothes.  A lovely thing our grandmothers used to do.  Lemon juice is wonderful for making salad dressing too.  In fact there is heaps of things to do with lemons  – it is hard to understand why they call a dud car a lemon, for lemons are very useful!

The humble lemon tree does not demand much in the way of care, but it does enjoy the sun and is very grateful for a good dob of compost from time to time and a little light feed in the spring or autumn with some quality citrus food.  But the wonderful thing about the lemon is that even if you do nothing too it, it quite often not only survives but thrives.  It certainly deserves to be plant of the month.

Happy gardening!

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