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View dahlias of all shapes and sizes
Dahlias at the Canberra Horticultural Society Show.
In the garden
Those who planted a range of summer-
autumn flowering bulbs should now be
enjoying some of the floral delights
such as Amaryllis belladonna.
The common name of naked
ladies'' relates to the appearance of the
flowers on long stems before the
foliage appears. The blooms are
sweetly scented and colours range
from white through shades of pink to
Cultivation is easy, for the bulbs
need little more than planting, with the
neck of the bulb well exposed, into
well-drained soil where they can be
kept relatively dry during dormancy.
Like nerines, belladonna lilies flower
best, often for generations, in
Though not a true bulb, but a plant
with a tuberous root, the dahlia is one
of best plants for a reliable display of
summer and autumn colour.
Many thousands of modern hybrids
and cultivars are descendants from
parents that were once collected in
Mexico and matured in Madrid.
Dahlia lovers can rejoice in an
amazing combination of flower shape,
size, colour and versatility in the
garden -- from small bushy border
stalwarts like the dark foliaged
Bishop of Llandaff'', to dinner plate
sized exhibition blooms that require
individual staking, weather protection
and TLC, at next weekend's
Horticultural Society's Autumn Show.
While dahlias are comparatively
free from pests and diseases, they can
be susceptible to powdery mildew,
although usually later in the growing
season as the weather gets cooler.
Plant breeding has come a long way
since daffodils (members of the
Narcissus family) were just yellow-
trumpeted flowers. Nowadays you can
include, white, lemon, green, pink,
apricot, orange-red and various other
combinations among many hundreds
of known cultivated varieties of a
much-loved spring bloom.
Time to buy now for March
plantings while stocks are fresh and
you still have the best selection -- the
most popular varieties will always go
Hurry to transplant
seedlings of winter brassicas
and sow baby carrots, silver
beet and spinach for late-
autumn pickings. Pinch off the
growing tips of cucumber and
pumpkin vines, allowing any
fruit that has already formed
to ripen fully before the onset
of cooler weather. Beans that
have many flowers but don't
appear to be setting fruit
should be mist sprayed in the
evenings to help them set.
Water potted cyclamen
that have been placed under
shrubs for a summer rest to
trigger some new growth,
watering again only when dry.
Once new growth appears, re-
pot into fresh mix and begin to
feed and water regularly.
Prepare the ground for
autumn plantings of camellias
and azaleas, conifers and
other evergreens. Hedging
plants like buxus, escallonia,
pittosporum and photinia fare
best when set into a well-dug,
uniform trench rather than
individual planting holes.
Admire some of the best
blooms and bountiful harvests
in Canberra at the
Horticultural Society's Autumn
Show in the Lancaster Hall at
the Wesley Centre, Forrest, on
Saturday March 5 (noon-5pm)
and Sunday March 6 (11.30am-
There is no doubt the residents of
Gungahlin are passionate about the
community in which they live.
Last month the Gungahlin
Community Council facilitated a
meeting between the ACT
government's public housing renewal
taskforce, and a large group of
residents, mostly from Franklin.
Under discussion was the
taskforce's proposed sites for future
public housing, adjacent to the
Franklin Early Childhood Centre.
The discussion was lively and
robust, and I would like to thank the
team from the taskforce for patiently
stepping through all the issues
presented to them.
Following this meeting, and several
follow-up consultations, the Chief
Minister wrote to all Franklin
residents, and the GCC. The letter
informed the community that the
locations in question would not be
developed for community housing and
that an alternative location, also in
Franklin, would be examined.
I am expecting the Gungahlin
enthusiasm will be a feature of the
Celebrate Gungahlin Festival on
Saturday, April 2, starting at 8.30am.
Last year's festival was terrific and
the 2016 event is shaping up to be
bigger and better.
The GCC looks forward to seeing
you there and talking about how you
see Gungahlin developing in this, an
ACT election year.
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