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Plant to bridge more than one season
Viburnum sterile - the snowball bush or Guelder rose.
In the garden
New gardeners are often advised to
hasten slowly , perhaps never more
so in spring when the temptation to fill
garden beds with bloom is hard to
Not that there is anything wrong
with a display of massed anything, but
a well-planned garden will contain
plants that bridge more than one
It takes time too, to get to know as
well as condition the soil; understand
what it will grow, the degrees of
sunlight or shade at different times of
the year; whether specific plants might
need more care and attention than you
have time for, along with a host of
With some research and advice from
your friendly nursery you could find
that a favourite genus might include
several species and even more varieties
that will bloom at different times of
year, often extending the season at
either end for weeks.
Consider viburnums -- grown
extensively for either handsome
foliage and/or flowers, many of which
are delightfully perfumed.
One of the earliest bloomers is the
old fashioned snowball bush
commonly known as the Guelder rose-
V. opulu sterile (pictured). A
deciduous shrub to about 3m, many
erect stems form a thick based clump.
Those with only small plots should
seek the smaller form known as
You will need more space to admire
the pure white, or pink flowered form,
on the spreading Viburnum mariesii.
Viburnum davidii is a useful
evergreen to a metre offering broad
ribbed foliage, white funnel flowers
and turquoise autumn berries.
Several species of the deciduous
Spireaea are useful in the smaller
landscape where they are valued for
their natural form, pretty flowers and
quality of foliage. The panicles of
bloom in white, pink or red are
abundant in spring and/or summer.
The smaller variety Anthony
Waterer continues to flower
intermittently until winter.
Buy nursery shrubs in bud
rather than full bloom then
enjoy the display for longer.
Some to consider include
azaleas, camellia japonica,
euphorbia, forsythia, grevillea,
rhododendron, spiraea and
In the vegetable plot, sow
seeds of beetroot; mesclun,
radish, carrots, parsnips,
rocket, sweet corn and
potatoes. Grow seedlings of
basil and tomatoes, squash,
zucchini, pumpkin, cucumber
and baby melons (with late
frost protection if necessary),
celery, leeks, lettuce, parsley,
silverbeet and spring onions.
Remove rhubarb flowering
stems to prevent them going
to seed; apply a straw mulch
Weeds in gravel paths, or
cracks between paving are not
a good look. Though
herbicides will eliminate
unwanted plant growth, there
are several natural
alternatives. Few plants can
survive boiling water and
sufficient quantities of either
lime, or vinegar, which will
make the soil so alkaline or
acid that plants will not be able
to grow in it.
A night out to
mark 20 years
Bosom Buddies ACT Inc is
celebrating 20 years of supporting
women with breast cancer in Canberra.
The group will be hosting a dinner
for Australian Breast Cancer Day on
Monday, October 26, and welcome the
community to attend.
Tickets to the dinner, to be held at
Woden Southern Cross Club from
6.30pm to 10.30pm, include drinks on
arrival, three-course dinner and a wine
Patron Annette Ellis will be the MC
on the evening while Senator Katy
Gallagher will be the guest speaker.
Tickets will cost $70 per person for
members and $80 for non-members.
Bookings are essential; RSVP by
October 21 to bosombuddies@
Bosom Buddies is a unique ACT-
based not-for-profit volunteer
organisation actively supporting
individuals living with breast cancer
and their families.
FURTHER STEP TOWARDS
LIGHT RAIL NETWORK
The development application for the
first stage of the light rail network will
be lodged in a few weeks.
Capital Metro Minister Simon
Corbell said the application would
include an optional extension to
Russell in addition to the first stage
between the city and Gungahlin.
The application will cover works
required on ACT managed land along
the route should the proposed Russell
extension be approved by government.
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