Managed to visit Cranbourne Botanic Gardens on 14 October and there were lots of interesting plants to see. The gardens are well worth a visit and there are lots of ideas to use in your own garden. Many on these plants or forms of them are growing in gardens around Ballarat.
Here are a selection of banksias, grevilleas, isopogon and dryandras flowering in the garden. It is interesting to look back at photos from the same time last year andsee how the seasons compare. Some plants like the telopea and prostanthera were in full flower this time last year and I had stopped planting new garden plants in August.
Now that the days are cooler there is plenty to do in the garden. I have a lot of plants grown from seed and cuttings to plant out. Last year I decided not to plant anything after August. Mostly that was a good decision except for some of the large clumps of lomandra that died.
hole dug and filled with water
I have begun to dig holes for the plants to fill in the gaps. The soil is so dry in some areas that it won’t absorb water. Filling each hole with water once or twice gives the new plants a reasonable start.
A pobblebonk frog struggled to the surface when one hole was filled and sat there stunned, probably wondering about the sudden deluge of water. These frogs survive by digging deep into the soil until the rains appear.
One Hibbertia had to have a severe cutting back as a rabbit had established several holes underneath it, and was hard to eradicate. While a lot of material was removed this plant spreads by layering and there are several shoots down near the base. After a good watering, it should recover in no time.
a hard cut back on the hibbertia
some shoots near the base
Working on the theory that someone else is a bigger hoarder than I am, I decided to get rid of 30 years of newsletters from the Australian Plants Society Ballarat. As I can’t quite let go I have cut out all the monthly lists of what was flowering in member’s gardens in the hope that at some stage I will type them up and add them to this website. Continue reading