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Hardy and attractive groundcover
Convolvulus Blue Moon is non-invasive and easy to grow.
In the garden
Modern hybrids of the old
convolvulus, have made striking
impacts as summer flowering
groundcover, hanging basket and
spillover plantings for walls.
A far cry from the once invasive
creeper (commonly known as
bindweed) the species, now known as
Bush Morning Glory, is of only
moderate vigour but a useful and
reliable cover of banks and a living
mulch between shrubs. Hardy and
attractive, they flower generously
requiring little maintenance in return.
Plant into freely draining, open-
textured soil in a sunny site necessary
to encourage flowering --which,
depending upon the cultivar, will start
in spring through until early autumn.
Drought resistant once established,
all will benefit from a helping of slow-
release fertiliser in spring. The only
pruning some varieties need is to direct
growth to where cover is required.
Late summer cuttings will strike
In an interesting collection from
Plant Growers Australia, Convolvulus
Blue Moon'' (pictured), carries
three-centimetre blue funnel-shaped
flowers over the warmer months on a
gently spreading plant that can be used
as a permanent ground cover or eye-
catching spillover on retaining walls,
non-invasive and easy to grow.
C. Moroccan Beauty'' has masses
of soft lavender flowers on a contained
spread of 60cm. C. Full Moon'' is a
specially selected low, but more
vigorously mounding ground cover
with soft lilac-blue, larger-than-usual
Convolvulus Pink Moon'' with
pretty candy pink flowers makes a
useful container or rockery plant while
the cultivar Two Moons'' is
predominantly white flowered, dotted
with occasional lilac blooms, creating an
intriguing effect over the whole plant.
Another member, Convolvulus
cneorum Silvery Moon'' is not a
ground cover but a particularly
attractive low-growing shrub with year
round ornamental silvery foliage.
White funnel-shaped flowers
compliment an elegant and popular
addition to a mixed border of
perennials, salvias, small native shrubs
and plants with strappy foliage.
Feed citrus trees now to
help encourage a good
autumn/winter crop. Be sure
to keep up the moisture
around these comparatively
shallow rooted plants.
At this time of year water
stress, invariably not enough,
is usually the reason for bud or
young fruit drop later in the
Keep the scent of summer
for the rest of the year by
gathering any scented flowers
Either hang in bunches or
allow them to dry on a mesh
screen in a cool airy place until
crisp enough to crumble into
bowls along with dried citrus
peel to make a fragrant pot-
pourri or scented bags for the
While bouquets of roses
are a traditional gift for
Valentine's Day on February
14, almost every nursery and
garden centre has an array of
ornamental pots in which to
place an even longer lasting
miniature rose or other
ornamental gift plant.
Bibliophilic gardeners may
like to be reminded that
Lifeline's summer book fair will
be held at Exhibition Park in
Canberra on Friday from 9am
to 6pm, Saturday from 9am to
5pm and Sunday from 10am to
4pm. Gold coin admission.
The National Arboretum Canberra
celebrated its second birthday on
Monday, February 2, with its one
Territory and Municipal Services
Minister Shane Rattenbury said the
arboretum had developed into one of
Canberra's major attractions.
It attracts about 40,000 visitors
per month and has received visitors
from all over the world, such as the
Republic of Macedonia, South Africa
and Argentina," he said.
"The arboretum has also
welcomed an abundance of school
groups, with over 10,500 students
touring the site in its first two years.''
More than 400 private, corporate
and public events have been held in
the Village Centre and Margaret
Whitlam Pavilion in the past 24
FOCUSES ON GUNGHALIN
SEE-Change is aiming to establish a
Gungahlin group to tackle ecological
concerns in their area.
Executive officer Jodie Pipkor said
the aim of the group was to inspire,
inform and support action to reduce
Canberra's ecological footprint,
improve the resilience of the
ecosystem and enhance the well-
being of all individuals.
With so much growth happening
in the Gungahlin area, we think it's
time to look at establishing a local
group in Gungahlin," she said.
For more information, visit
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