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November 1, 2019

Red rose a gold medal winner

A magnificent “fire truck” red rose was judged the outstanding performer in this year’s National Rose Trial Garden Awards.
Named Black Forest Rose, it was the only gold medal winner in the trial and was also recognised as the best floribunda rose.
The bush is medium-size (80 cm), compact with dark green leaves- synonymous with excellent disease resistance.
Individual blooms are relatively small but each stem can produce up to 50 flowering buds.
According to Trial Garden coordinator, Merv Trimper, Black Forrest Rose would look great when grown as a colourful garden hedge.

Prepare now for extreme heat

South Australian gardeners can expect periods of extreme heat during January and February with temperatures climbing regularly into the 40s.
However, Bureau of Meteorology climatologist Darren Ray believes prospects for some tropical rains through summer are starting to improve.
More details on the 3 month weather outlook for SA gardener’s tomorrow morning in ABC Talkback Gardening.

Don’t let your soil become water repellent

If you are turning your garden sprinklers on for the first time this season, don’t be surprised if water starts to run over the surface of the soil, rather than soaking into it.
This is a good indicator that you’re soil is becoming “water repellent” or “non wetting”.
Water repellence often occurs early in the growing season when garden soils that have become dry are watered.
Non wetting soil results in uneven watering, uneven plant growth and on lawns unsightly dry, brown patches.

Action needed

In a season that is likely to be drier and warmer than normal it is important that any water you apply to the garden (or rainfall) soaks into the topsoil where it can be used by your plants.
The easiest way to overcome the problem is to treat the area with a soil wetting agent.
Products such as Soil Wetter, Wetter Soil (and others) look like detergent and should be mixed with water. 
Others are granular and should be sprinkled over the surface of the soil and watered in well.
Soil wetting products should remain active for 10 to 14 weeks.
Feature plant

Carnations - such a romantic flower

Carnations have been popular with florist for a very long time.  But why not grow your own, in pots or in the garden, where you can enjoy the flowers for most of the year?
Elite carnations in particular adapt well to courtyard areas as they do not take up much room but they will be smothered in flowers from spring till late autumn.
Many varieties are highly scented, while others have full double blooms.
They also come in a huge range of colours so you can mix and match pots, flowers and décor or multi plant them with other flowering plants like bidens, fuchsias and bacopa.
Elite carnations make a perfect gift that keeps on giving joy as the plants continue to produce flowers.
Look for your favourite colours at a local garden centre.

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Fruit trees need deep watering

Fruit trees need more water than ornamentals if they are to produce a bountiful harvest.
These trees have their main moisture gathering roots well below the surface i.e. 20 to 50 cm.
When you water, this is the area that needs soaking.
One deep watering is far more effective than frequent shallow watering.
The most water responsive roots on fruit trees are just below the plant’s outer canopy (drip ring). This is the best place to water.
Winx rose

Winx Rose – celebrating the world’s best racehorse

The Winx Rose, like the legendary mare, is the epitome of class. This beautiful flower is the product of exquisite breeding to capture the same qualities that define Winx – elegance, longevity and brilliance.
The Winx Rose is new – released for the first time in Australia. As a garden rose it is extremely elegant, pristine white and a perfect choice when you want a bright white garden rose.
The flowers are retained for a long time and the dense dark green glossy foliage creates an excellent contrast to the blooms.
The Winx Rose also has a bushy habit, providing good groundcover and making it ideal for growing in small or large groups in the garden.
However, it is also an outstanding container rose. Definitely one for your list.

More information here »
This Traditional Hybrid Tea rose with outstanding fragrance  received "The Australian Bred Rose of the Year" title at  the National  Rose Trial Garden awards  in Adelaide last Tuesday. The rose, as yet unnamed, was also awarded a bronze medal.

Highly fragrant roses to tempt your senses

Some of the favourite perfumed roses recommended on ABC TalkBack Gardening last Saturday morning by SA Rose Society communicator, Maureen Ross:


Mister Lincoln – Deep red, classic shaped flowers, long stems. Tall bush.
Red Cross – Rich velvet red, long keeping cut flowers. Medium bush.
Fragrant Cloud – Scarlet red, large flowers, long stems. Medium bush.


Amazing Grace – Classic blooms on long stems, very healthy. Medium bush.
Margaret Merrill – Small clusters of flowers, healthy, long stems. Medium bush.
Jardins de Bagatelle – Creamy white, large classic flowers. Medium bush.


Friesia – Vivid yellow, mass flowering. Ideal for small gardens.
Gina Lollobrigida – Large flower on long stems, bright yellow. Tall bush.


Royal Dane – Sunset shades, large blooms. Medium bush.
Just Joey – Popular deep apricot, large flowers. Medium bush.
Elizabeth of Glamis – Mass flowering for hedges, coral shades. Smaller bush.


Blue Moon – Famous rose, classic buds on long stems. Medium bush.   
Charles de Gaulle – Classic flowers on long stems, healthy. Medium bush.
Deane Ross – Mauve-pink shades, loves sunny position. Medium bush.


Hans Heysen – Ruffled petals, mass flowering. Low to medium bush.
Baronne de Rothschild – Deep pink with silver reverse petals. Medium bush
Magic Moments – Deep pink on long stems, highly fragrant.  Medium bush.
Eiffel Tower – Pale pink classic buds on very long stems. Tall bush.
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Problem season for tomato end rot

Blossom end rot, a problem that causes the bottom end of the tomato to turn black, is sure to be a big problem this season.
This problem is associated with uneven watering, particularly letting the plant’s roots dry out. 
Water regularly, give the plants a soak, not a squirt and don’t forget the mulch as it really does reduce water losses from the soil.
Irrigation Guide
Antelco Spectrum Sprays

Getting the right advice for  micro irrigation

Efficient garden micro irrigation systems consist of drippers and /or micro sprays. These micro systems are very effective at supplying water at a low and even rate saving time and water when correctly applied.
(Pictured are Spectrum Sprays in a garden bed.)
The drippers and sprays are precision engineered to be consistent in performance and application when sourced from reputable manufacturers and suppliers.
Antelco is proudly one of Australia’s premier micro irrigation companies manufacturing right here in South Australia and exporting around the world.
To ensure that you select the right equipment for your garden Antelco has a range of expert irrigation distributors across Australia. Antelco's website features a distributor look up function where you can enter your city/suburb and find your closest stockists.
These stockists can provide expert advice on how to set up your garden watering system as well as supplying all the equipment you need to get the job done.

To make sure you match the right components for your garden:
Download the fact sheet »

Find a distributor »

Simple houseplant watering guide

Rather than water indoor and container plants on a regular basis, i.e. once a day or once a week, learn to use the simple finger and thumb smear test.
Take a pinch of soil from 2cm below the surface of a container and rub it between a finger and thumb. 
If the soil leaves a visible smear on your finger, there is still moisture close to the surface and this means plenty of moisture at depth. 
Don't water. 
Wait until the smear test indicates the soil is completely dry; then and only then is it time to water.
Lawn Care – Stefan Palm

Destructive lawn mites  causing major problems

Small, sap sucking turf mites and not drought could be the major reason why many couch and kikuyu lawns in South Australia are failing to thrive.
According to SA turf advisor Stefan Palm, the mites are microscopic and appear to be widely resistant to most traditional insecticides.
Customer feedback indicates many lawns are not responding, no matter how much water, fertiliser and chemicals gardeners throw at the problem.
In this week’s lawn blog Stefan explains why the mites are preventing new healthy lawn growth from developing and provides a number of important strategies for control.
More information here »
Paul Munns Instant Lawn

Cut-and-grow-again lettuce very easy to grow

Non-hearting lettuce is one of the easiest crops to grow at this time of the year. 
Once established, the outer leaves can be removed a few leaves at a time. 
Most garden centres now sell combo packs with three different non-hearting varieties in the one punnet.
Try planting in a large container. It’s surprising how many leaves you can produce.

Grow cucumbers and zucchini from seed

The ground is now warm enough to sow cucumbers and zucchini from seed.
This way you avoid the risk of losing plants through transplant shock.
It also means these heat loving vegetables will only take 8 to 10 weeks to mature.

Growing demand for Aussie plants

Australian plants are quickly losing their reputation for being finicky and straggly, thanks largely to the availability of new grafted varieties and a growing range of more compact forms.
There are now plants with big bold flowers providing never ending displays of colour or architectural forms that you would grow simply for their foliage.
Look also for the new pot worthy natives, sought out by city gardeners for their beauty and dry tolerance.
Keep in mind, Australian plants don’t just withstand tough conditions, they flourish in them.
To keep your Aussie beauties thriving give them a regular dose of PowerFeed -Organically Enriched Plant Food- All Purpose including Natives.
This is designed to promote vigorous, healthy growth and stimulate flowering and fruiting in all plants, including Australian natives.
The fertilizer granules are also coated with important beneficial microbes, vital for the health of plants and soils.

More information »

Please keep your questions for Talkback Gardening

Good Gardening  is unable to answer individual reader's questions via email.
If you're looking for specific gardening advice please give me a call on ABC Radio Adelaide's Saturday morning Talkback Gardening  or speak to the experts at your local garden centre.
Saturday & Sunday, November 2 and 3
Bromeliad Society Spring Show and Sales Extravaganza
Maltese Cultural Centre, 6 Jeanes Street, Beverley.
Saturday 9am to 3pm, Sunday 10am to 3pm, Free entry.
Saturday, November 2
Wittunga Botanic Garden
Spring Blitz Wittunga Botanic Garden, Shepherd’s Hill Rd, Blackwood. 8.15 am – 1 pm
A fun morning planting new flowers, mulching, and weeding alongside our Wittumnga's garden staff, followed by a free lunch (gluten free and vegetarian options available). Attendees will have the opportunity to plant Western Australian Eucalyptus tree species; local and indigenous plant species around the main lake and billabong areas including Acacia, Dodonaea, Bursaria and Pultenaea varieties; as well as wetland suitable sedges and rushes.
Free but registration is required to secure your place. More information » 
Registration here »

African Violet Association of SA, Open Day
Western Youth Centre, 79 Marion Road, Cowandilla.
Sunday, November 3
Herb Society of SA, Herb Day Market
Fullarton Park Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton.
10am to 3pm. Free admission and parking.

Open GardensOpen Gardens

Saturday & Sunday, November 2 & 3
7 Melaleuca Drive, Gawler East
Situated on a corner block and screened with a hedge of red flowering callistemons, the garden has evolved over many years and now is crammed with an extensive assortment of plants and a quirky collection of garden ornaments.
More information on the garden and directions »

Woodland Park
17 Frampton Road, Wistow
A fountain and the trickling sound of water welcome visitors into the garden and on to a spacious lawn bordered with box-edged beds filled with roses and pretty perennials.
More information on the garden and directions »

Gardens open 10 am to 4.30 pm.
Entry $8 - OGSA members; $6 - Government concession card holders; children under 18 free.

More information on the 2019 season »

Weekend gardening weather

Talkback Gardening tomorrow

ABC Radio Adelaide Talkback Gardening this Saturday – phone me and Deb Tribe on 1300 222 891 and have your own gardening question answered.

Guest – Daren Ray, BOM climatologist.
Topic – What kind of weather can gardeners expect this month and what’s in store over summer?

Coming soon

Saturday to Monday, November  9 - 11
Open garden  – Sopie Thomson's iconic dryland garden in creation
Visitors  can immerse themselves in a garden which is relatable, sustainable and achievable as well as being filled with enchanting and delightful features hidden in every corner. Hamlyn Cottage, 394 Springs Road, Mt Barker Springs.
(Follow the signs from Mt Barker – no dogs allowed)
More information »

Sunday, November 10
Art and Roses at The Cedars
68 Heysen Road, Hahndorf. An exclusive one-day celebration of  spring in the garden of the renowned father and daughter artists Sir Hans and Nora Heysen. Featuring reproductions with real flowers of the artists' still life works, display of heritage roses, talks on art and blooms. Music with Tamarisque in the garden all day, followed by 2 hours of wine and jazz with the Keith Conlon Trio 4 - 6 pm
10 am - 6 pm. $15 (children under 15 free) Includes entry to the garden, house and studios. More information »

Regular garden attractions

Adelaide Botanic Gardens – free guided walks
Friends of the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide guided walks for the public at Adelaide, Mount Lofty and Wittunga Botanic Gardens, and Botanic Park.
More information »

The Waite Arboretum, Fullarton Road, Urrbrae

Open free to the public every day of the year from dawn to dusk, except on fire ban days. Free guided walks on the first Sunday of every month, 11 am to 12.30 pm.
Meet at the West lawn (Croquet Lawn) of Urrbrae House. Bookings not necessary.
More information »

Urrbrae House historic precinct gardens
At the end of Walter Young Avenue, off Fullarton Road, Urrbrae, or from the Urrbrae House gate, Claremont Avenue, Netherby.
Open from dawn until dusk every day. Free entry.
More information »

Carrick Hill
Heritage house museum and garden, the former home of Sir Edward and Lady Ursula Hayward. Open weekends & public holidays. Free admission into garden and grounds. 46 Carrick Hill Drive, Springfield.
More information »

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