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THE FRAGRANT FLOWER
Sweet dreams are made of these
Dianthus 'Memories' has long-flowering scented white flowers.
In the garden
Many gardeners recall a favourite
plant from yesteryear -- one of which
might well be from a group of sweet-
smelling Dianthus, Cottage Pinks,
Carnations and Sweet William, all of
which belong to the Pink family
Commonly planted in borders
where they will thrive in rich soil and
produce flowers for cutting, the genus
is widely scattered throughout Asia,
Africa and Europe, often in alpine
situations where growth is low tufted.
Dianthus have been grown for
centuries in cottage gardens and mixed
beds, not only for their attractive
flowers that cut well for the small vase,
but in many cases simply for the
delightful clove-like fragrance.
These grassy, grey/green foliaged
plants start flowering in autumn and
are at their peak in spring.
Hybridists have long been involved
in capturing not only the perfume of a
number of species but improving
certain selections for the commercial
Dianthus Memories (pictured)
from Plant Growers of Australia (look
out for their dark purple pots) is one
such fine plant. Long-flowering
scented white flowers on sturdy stems
are held on a plant of exceptional
hardiness and dry tolerance. It proved
to be a fitting variety to raise funds ($1
from the sale of each plant) for a
specific cause -- Alzheimer s research
with the specific link to memory.
Plant dianthus in full sun in a well-
drained soil and give the roots a
sprinkling of garden lime or dolomite
once or twice a year. Deadheading the
flowers will encourage further bloom
and a measure of slow release fertiliser
each spring is recommended.
Propagate easily from heel
cuttings (short side shoots pulled
downwards leaving a heel of stem) or
from pips -- tip cuttings, which break
readily from the node when pulled
from the top of the stem. Ensure that
cuttings don t dry out.
Clean up and dispose of
any fallen fruit by sealing it in
clear plastic bags and leaving
them in the sun for a few days
to kill any fruit fly or codling
moth. Don't add to the
compost heap but place in the
If you would like to grow
more hydrangeas, take soft tip
cuttings. Modern hybrids can
also be pruned once flowering
is over while the older type of
mop-heads and lace-caps are
normally cut back, as well as
propagated from hard-wood
cuttings in mid winter.
Polyanthus that have been
'rested' in a holding bed during
the summer can be
transplanted into plots or pots
that have been enriched with
compost and manure. Lay bait
to protect new growth from
Sow another salad crop:
mesclun lettuce, Asian greens,
radish, beetroot and quick to
grow herbs such as basil and
Check the undersides of
garden chairs and tables for
sheltering red-back spiders.
Other hidey-holes are in the
hollowed out rim-handles of
large plastic tubs and in any
empty plant pots stored in
warm and dry dark places.
BACK TO SCHOOL
mean a lot
Member for Canberra
It was an annual ritual. Straight after
our summer holiday at the beach, mum
would take my sisters and me to get
fitted for new school shoes.
Mum saved for months for that
shopping expedition, and the shoes
had to last all year, so we were allowed
only utilitarian leather, laced, black
ones, and did we whine!
Not for us the coveted Mary Jane
shoes with little hearts fashioned on
the toes, or the rugged Adventurers
that left tiger paw imprints when you
walked in the dust.
Even though our shoes were not the
picture of sartorial elegance, mum was
determined that her daughters should
have new ones fitted each year,
because she grew up wearing hand-
me-downs that were either too small or
too large, and she still felt the shame.
Having new shoes and fresh
supplies for school is important to
a child s dignity and self-esteem.
That s why I m a strong supporter
of the Communities@Work back-to-
It helps families doing it tough with
school uniforms, stationery, drink
bottles, lunch boxes, backpacks and
shoes. This year, I donated four packs,
and thanks to people s generosity,
Communities@Work helped hundreds
of families in the Canberra region with
160 back-to-school packs.
Thank you to the volunteers and
donors who make this program
possible. It makes a difference to the
lives of so many young Canberrans.
CRACE, 34 STOWPORT AVENUE
PRICE GUIDE: $590,000+
All creature comforts catered for
This four-bedroom home was built in 2013 and is in as-new condition.
For more of Canberra's best property see your All Homes guide in Saturday's Canberra Times
A smart floorplan and thoughtful
details throughout combine to create
a welcoming home in Crace.
The four-bedroom home was built
in 2013 by the current owners and is
in as-new condition. A walk through
the property clearly demonstrates
that it was crafted with care and
attention to detail.
A light-filled open-plan living area
unfolds from the entrance and
features a large, well-equipped
kitchen. The dark cabinetry looks
spectacular alongside the stainless
steel appliances and white, stone
bench tops, while the mirrored
splashback and pendant lighting add
a sleek, contemporary edge to the
The family room and meals area
spill onto a covered alfresco meals
area. It provides an all-weather space
for entertaining, surrounded by
Leafy, established gardens are
another standout feature of the home.
Beautifully finished yards are a rarity
in new suburbs like Crace, but the
grounds here have been landscaped
with easily maintained plantings,
which make the home feel complete.
There are two bedrooms on this
level, both with built-in wardrobes
and they share a stylish bathroom.
Upstairs there are two master suites,
each with their own en suite.
All the creature comforts are
catered for and include ducted
evaporative cooling and gas heating,
double-glazed windows throughout
and internal access from the double
Situated on a 336-square-metre
parcel of land, this home makes
excellent use of its block. It is well-
located in the suburb opposite green
space, close to a reserve and within
walking distance to the Crace
Families and professional couples
looking for a stylish home in this
growing suburb should take the time
to inspect this property.
Number 34 Stowport Avenue,
Crace, will be auctioned on Saturday,
February 13, at 3pm, onsite.
Phone McGrath Gungahlin agents
Jess Smith, 0410 125 475, and Kris
Hellier, 0413 799 700. EER: 6.
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