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Weeks of prettiness with prunus
Flowering cherry belongs to the prunus family.
In the garden
Spring-flowering trees predominantly
belong to the species prunus -- many of
which are a sheer delight for five or six
weeks of bloom coinciding with
Canberra s Floriade.
While the powers that be dither over
where to resite the annual bulb fest, the
whole of King s Avenue/
Commonwealth Avenue Bridge circuit
of Lake Burley Griffin and the High
Court and Library foreshores plus the
periphery of Commonwealth Park (all
close to hotels, shops and offices) are
surely the obvious choice and a natural
attraction. Flowering trees could be
planted in permanent sites around the
Weeping flowering cherry and
peach trees (pictured) would make
stunning long-term statements, as
would the show-stopping three to four-
metre tall Prunus Elvins , with its
remarkably floriferous habit and wall-
to-wall stemmed blooms.
Envious gardeners lacking room for
a tree should seek out the equally
floriferous Prunus glandulosa,a
deciduous shrub to 1.5 metres tall of
erect, slender growth and a
manageable clumping habit of root
The ornamental flowering forms of
the genus Prunus are large and varied.
While most thrive in average fertile,
freely drained soils, the best display of
both bloom and colour comes from
deep, rich, moist soil. Offer them full
sun and shelter from strong winds
which would damage the flowers.
An old adage says once the apple
blossom falls, it s time to sow
Experienced growers prepare a
generously manured patch and plant
seed in small blocks rather than rows.
Once the corn is growing strongly
you might like to try what is known in
South America as the Three Sisters
planting, setting a couple of bean seeds
on either side.
Keep an eye out for the strongest
grower, which will eventually use the
corn stalk as a support --then remove
the other before planting squash in
between the rows.
The yellow daisy capeweed
(Artotheca calendula), a
prolific seeder, is undesirable
in well-maintained lawns. Fork
out seedlings or treat with a
broadleaf herbicide. Declared
a noxious weed in some states,
it is the scourge of dairy
farmers for it taints the milk of
cows that eat it.
Knowing that organic
matter helps retain valuable
moisture in the soil, a compost
heap should be a priority in
every garden. Make top-
quality compost in contained
heaps by mixing different
types of waste materials in
alternate thin layers -- grass
clippings; prunings; shredded
paper; manure; kitchen waste
and soil with the occasional
handful of blood and bone and
dolomite to maintain a
reasonably neutral pH.
Container-grown bulbs will
not bloom again next year
unless given some plant food
during and after flowering.
Better still, if you can, carefully
lift the clump and replant into
Make war on spring weeds
before they become a real
problem . If you haven't time
to dig them out, then cut off
any seedheads and mulch
sufficiently to deprive the
plants of light. Alternatively,
spray with glyphosate.
FOR THE BIRDS
The Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature
Reserve has launched a series of tours
to showcase its beautiful inhabitants.
White-faced herons, dusky
moorhens and blue-billed ducks are
among the feathered creatures likely to
be viewed at a birds and brunch
event, led by an expert from the
Canberra Ornithologists Group.
The informative activities, are open
to anybody aged 12 and over, cost $30
and run from 8.30am to 10am on
Sunday, October 18, November 22 and
Parks and Conservation director
Daniel Iglesias says it is an important
waterbird habitat, and up to 200 bird
species have been spotted there, as
well as platypus, turtles and other
Participants meet at the carpark on
Dairy Road, Fyshwick, and should
bring sturdy shoes, hat, water bottle
and binoculars, if possible.
Visit jerrabomberrawetlands.org to
book a tour.
BOTANIC GARDENS DUE
TO HOST BUSY OPEN DAY
To celebrate 45 years, the Australian
National Botanic Gardens is holding a
community day this Sunday from
10am to 3pm. For families, the Mini-
Bush Blitz program is a chance to spy
birds, spot spiders, dip for bugs and
collect insects with presentations and
tours. On Thursday, October 15 and
22, there will be informal horticulture
talks over coffee. Nature photographer
Steve Parish will run three events from
October 22-25, including a weekend
CASEY, BENCHMARK WATERS, PLIMSOLL DRIVE
FOR SALE: $550,000-$595,000
Entertain in style at water's edge
The floor plans of the four-bedroom townhouses have been cleverly
designed to take advantage of the water vistas.
For more of Canberra's best property see your All Homes guide in Saturday's Canberra Times
Casey s final residential development
has hit the market and its waterfront
position and luxurious inclusions
ensure it will be one of the suburb s
Situated on the water s edge of
Springbank Rise Pond, the boutique
development will comprise 10
"It s Gungahlin s only
development since Yerrabi that s
been done on the waterfront," Luton
Properties Gungahlin agent Jeremy
"Its locale and proximity to
everything is quite amazing."
Parkland, playgrounds and a
restaurant will be at the complex s
doorstep, while Casey Market Town
is just two kilometres away.
Three of the homes have already
been sold, with seven four-bedroom
townhouses remaining. The floor
plans have been cleverly designed to
take advantage of the water vistas.
There are two stylish colour
palettes to choose from: a light
Scandinavian-inspired scheme and a
sleek modern option in darker tones.
The ground floor features open-
plan living spilling onto a patio
overlooking the pond. Residents will
be able to entertain in style with the
kitchen placed at the centre of the
home. Stainless steel appliances, soft
closing drawers and granite bench
tops create a clean luxurious feel.
The four bedrooms are situated on
the upper floor and all include built-
in wardrobes. The master suite opens
up to a balcony boasting elevated
views across the water and it also has
an en suite. The main bathroom is
also situated on this floor and both
bathrooms feature floor-to-ceiling
tiles and high-quality fixtures and
Each townhouse is priced at
$550,000 and can be upgraded to the
premium package for $595,000.
Benchmark Waters is for sale
through Luton Properties Gungahlin
agents Jeremy Maher, 0410 481 260,
and Nick Paine, 0421 794 404.
Inspect: Tuesday, 12.30-1.30pm and
Thursday, 12.30-1.30pm and
5.30-6pm. EER: 6.
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