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Succulents the last word in easy care
Different groupings of both size and colour of cactus and succulent
contribute to the attractive design in this garden.
In the garden
While succulents have long developed
a well deserved reputation as easy care
container plantings -- in a surprising
number of cases with minimal or no
care but still surviving -- over recent
years they have begun to appear more
prominently in modern garden design.
The Melbourne garden pictured
belongs to cactus and succulent
aficionado Attila Kapitany, you might
like to share more of his enthusiasm on
his website. As you can see, different
groupings of both size and colour
contribute to the attractive design.
Plants with succulent ,which means
having the ability to store water, stems
and foliage live in naturally arid parts
of the world -- there are more than 400
species in Australia.
They don't need to be kept
continually moist in order to grow and
so are natural selections for warm and
sunny sites that get little rainfall and
the protection of buildings -- under
house eaves for example.
Poor, dry sandy soils beneath eaves
that have grown little else however,
may well benefit from the addition of
some sifted compost and a little
In open ground where there might
be more frequent rainfall you can keep
roots well drained by setting the plants
into porous sandy/ gravelly soils on
slightly sloping ground.
The warm soils of mid-spring and
early autumn are ideal times to plant
succulents in cool climates.
Many of the smaller growers such as
aeoniums, echeverias and sedums can
be readily propagated in situ from
short stemmed crowns, or even leaves
with an almost sealed end which have
been allowed to dry off for a day or
Scatter and mix in a little slow
release fertiliser before planting.
Water in lightly, then again perhaps a
week later and new roots will soon
begin to form.
Keep an eye on any weed growth,
which would be difficult to remove
from between growing clumps once
Late summer is an ideal
time to trim freestanding
hedges, ivy on walls and
Jasmine polyanthum. Cut back
the overlong canes of wisteria
to just beyond the third bud
from the base, which should
ensure a fine display of bloom
Retrieve any pots of
cyclamen corms that have
been left under shrubs for a
summer rest. Replant in fresh
potting mix with additional
fertiliser granules and ensure
that the top of the corm
remains exposed and dry.
Future watering is best done
by capillary action - sitting the
pot in dish of water until the
surface of the mix becomes
Pinch out the tops of
tomato plants that have
reached the top of a tall stake
allowing the remaining fruit to
grow on and ripen before the
first of the autumn frosts.
Continue to feed and maintain
an even balance of soil
If you are only just
beginning to think about
winter crops, prepare the
vegie patch now with
generous supplies of well
rotted manure and seasoned
compost -- letting it settle for a
week or two before planting
seedlings of winter brassicas.
Summer is one of the busiest periods
for ACT government grass mowers in
It is also a busy period for those fed
up with overgrown parklands and
Over the past three years complaints
about long grass have peaked during
spring and summer. The months of
January, October and November
garner the most complaints.
The highest number of complaints
in a single month was November 2012,
when 29 complaints were registered.
Since 2012, which recorded 153
complaints relating to grass, there has
been a drastic decline in complaints.
In 2013 there was just 64, while in
2014 there was 59 complaints.
A Territory and Municipal Services
spokeswoman said there had been an
increase of 13 staff over the past five
years to assist in grass cutting.
The ACT government currently
employs 80 government staff and
about 20 contract mowers to mow
grass across Canberra,'' she said.
HUNDREDS OF BUDGIES
AT FREE FORREST SHOW
The 41st budgerigar annual show will
take place on Sunday at the Wesley
Uniting Centre, Forrest.
Hundreds of birds from the
Canberra region, the NSW south coast
and the Riverina will be on display.
The free show begins at 10am.
There will be a morning tea, lunch
and drinks available. For more
information, contact Rita Corbett at
email@example.com or call
0417 044 023.
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