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BEE-ATTRACTING BLOOMS

The decline of the world’s bee population is sobering, not only as it’s part of an overall decline of pollinating insects, but because it has the potential to affect our food.  Bees are needed to pollinate many edible crops and help produce about a third of our food. They are also needed to pollinate many […]

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ARE YOU MAKING THESE COMMON GARDENING MISTAKES?

Have you ever looked at your garden and felt that it wasn’t growing to its true potential? Perhaps your flowers are dying and you think you’ve either invested in dud plants or inherited the dreaded black thumb. Chances are it’s not that at all. Everyone has the ability to create a beautiful garden and take […]

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Horticulturally Speaking

Would you like to have a collection of different cliveas and some rare plants you’ve bought to ‘show off’ to your visitors?  Some people may like to create a spiritual feel to their garden with Zen philosophy using Aussie native plants. Others may sit and watch their planted grasses wave and dance in the breeze. […]

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Edible Australian Natives

While traditional vegetables are grown in the vegie patch and fruit trees often planted in an orchard, native Australian edible plants can be grown throughout the garden as shrubs, trees and even ground cover plants. With edible plants in every part of Australia from the coldest to the tropics, there are lots of tasty treats […]

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Time to get growing

The heat of summer is almost over and it’s time to take back ownership of our gardens from the heat and get back into gardening during the day, kick around some autumn leaves and have the time to relax and plan for winter and spring. It is such a glorious time of the year – […]

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CONSIDERING A SHADE TREE?

A well-positioned, healthy tree can bring a lush, leafy ambience to your home or work environment as well as protection from the elements. And is known to calm and soothe the soul. The following check list will ensure you choose the best tree for your situation. Take a hike Look at trees growing in your […]

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INDESTRUCTIBLE PLANTS

It can be heartbreaking to discover that those beautiful plants in which you have invested money and time, simply refuse to thrive, through no fault of their owners.    Perhaps the plants chosen may not have been the optimum choices for the required position, sunlight (or lack of) or what as has been the case […]

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HAVE YOUR GARDEN CHRISTMAS READY!

Christmas is the one occasion where you have a goodly amount of time off to enjoy your home, garden and family, but you don’t want to be out in the garden slaving away while you have guests hanging out without you! So, now is the time to get out there over a weekend and get […]

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TOMATO MYTHS

Following my previous article about growing tomatoes I have been approached at the nursery on many occasions asking what else I know. I’m often asked if I have any top secret tips- something that will make fruit sweeter, produce bumper crops or something to help keep the pests and disease away. Gardening wives’ tales, superstitions, […]

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Tomato time!

Tomatoes are one of the most popular home-grown vegies of all and it’s fair to say that once you’ve tasted a tomato you’ve grown yourself-there’s no turning back!  Wikipedia claims that close to 170.8 million tonnes of tomatoes were grown worldwide in 2014. This statistic makes it easy to see why when you consider how highly […]

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SPRING BLOSSOMS AND MAGNIFICENT MAGNOLIAS

With spring on the way, it’s hard not to get excited about the new happenings in the garden. In fact, I think that one of the best ways to experience the seasonal transition of winter to spring, is to watch the beginnings of magnolias and beautiful spring blossoms starting to open, and brighten a wintery […]

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It’s rose season!

Roses are some of the most romantic and classically beautiful flowers that we grow in the garden, but the number of choices can be mind boggling. Choosing a colour is a great place to start, but it’s important to select a rose with a habit that suits your situation too. At Wingham Nursery, we have […]