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VARIETIES OF HEBE THRIVE IN MOST CONDITIONS
Hardy, compact hebes are just so useful
Heebie Jeebies is an Australian hybrid of the native New Zealand hebe.
In the garden
New Zealand's native hebe, or Veron-
ica as it was once known, was
discovered by Banks and Solander on
Captain Cook's first voyage to The
Land of the Long White Cloud from
It has become one of the horticul-
tural gems of cool climate gardens
around the world.
Of easy border culture, it thrives in
well-drained friable soil; in full sun or
occasionally dappled shade, according
to the variety.
Many of the smaller hebes are
eminently suitable for growing in
containers and quite a number have
long flowering seasons -- a useful
attribute when they are grown in
courtyards or on balconies.
The variety Heebie Jeebies is an
Australian hybrid which is a hardy,
compact plant growing to 1 metre by
1 metre. Although the major display of
its bluish mauve flowers lasts from late
winter to mid spring, it will happily
spot flower for the remainder of the
Canberra's largest mass planting,
named Otari Delight and recently seen
flowering in planter boxes down
Anzac Parade, originated as a seedling
in Wellington's Otari--Wilton bush
These compact shrubs, (75 centi-
metres by 75 centimetres), with spear-
shaped foliage, are in bloom through-
out spring in time for Anzac Day,
carrying pink buds that open to lilac
gradually fading to white.
Hebe Purple Haze'' is a long-time
favourite. Copper coloured buds open
to rich purple flowers on glossy mid-
New Zealand natives such as this
are renowned for tough characteristics
and tolerance for a wide range of
Hebes perform particularly well as
hedging plants -- from the small blue-
flowered Baby Marie whose nea-
trounded habit seldom needs pruning,
to Garden Beauty Purple''s -- quick to
grow and responding well to clipping
for hedges or topiary. For waterwise
gardens there is the densely purple-
flowered Hedge with Edge.
Keep up the moisture to
berry fruits. Feed with liquid
manure or plant food, then
mulch well with compost and
loose straw. Do the same to
shallow rooted citrus trees,
this time ensuring that any
mulch is kept well away from
Remove any early spring
flowering annuals that are past
their best. Replenish the plot
or container with fresh mix
and/or compost plus some
complete fertiliser before
replanting with summer
annuals such as petunias,
verbena and French marigolds
for full sun, and impatiens and
begonia sempervirens in
Fork over an open compost
heap as often as possible
keeping it damp but not
waterlogged. Cover with a
piece of old carpet or hessian
and at this time of year
decomposition should only
take a matter of weeks.
Check that any delicate
ferns are not exposed to dry
winds and the heat of the sun
or you will soon lose them.
Keep the soil moist but not wet
and feed regularly (perhaps
fortnightly) with half strength
seaweed based liquid plant
One of Australia's most popular food
events, the Fairfax Night Noodle
Markets are coming to Canberra for
the first time in March 2015.
The street-food markets will be held
during the Enlighten festival, bringing
crowds, atmosphere and plenty of food
and drink to the lawns of King Edward
Terrace, surrounded by colourfully lit
national institutions and galleries.
The Night Noodle Markets, which
are part of Fairfax's Good Food Month
festivals, drew more than 800,000
visitors in Sydney and Melbourne in
the past 12 months.
A parade of the world's biggest
celebrity chefs have also taken part in
the markets and the broader Good
Food Month festival, which is also run
by Fairfax, publisher of The Chronicle.
The new Enlighten Night Noodle
Markets will be held over 10 nights
from February 27 to March 8 and the
ACT Government hopes many of
Enlighten's 150,000 fans will make a
night of it, sampling wok-fried
noodles, duck buns and other dishes
from fine dining restaurants to casual
The markets will act as a taster event
next year and in 2016, The Canberra
Times Good Food Month will shift
from October to March to run
ACT Tourism Minister Andrew
Barr said the markets were a new
concept for Canberra and would give
visitors a unique cultural experience
during the festival.
The market is another great
addition to the ACT's event calendar
. . . giving Canberrans the opportunity
to enjoy our city whilst attracting
interstate visitors to the capital.''
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