Home' The Chronicle : Canberra Chronicle 22-07-2014 Contents 25 - Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Beautiful lilies are easily cultivated
Liliums make good background plantings in herbaceous borders.
In the garden
Liliums are often considered the true
aristocrats of summer bulbs and many
of them such as L.candidum, the
Madonna lily, have an ancient lineage.
Many 19th century plant collectors
found China and Japan to be a source
of some valuable species of lilies,
which have since been hybridised to
produce well-regarded varieties of
Asiatic and trumpet liliums, orientals
and longiflorums, known as the
Unlike a classic bulb, liliums have
no tunic or protective covering but are
formed from a series of scales that are
attached to a basal plate. Consequently
they are vulnerable to careless
handling and prone to drying out.
Once lifted from the ground for
division, liliums should be replanted as
soon as possible, as should those
purchased on line or from nursery
stands. If you need to postpone
planting temporarily, wrap the bulbs in
damp newspaper and store in the
crisper drawer of the fridge.
A packaged, mixed-colour
collection of say Lilium x hybrida (a
cross of Christmas and Asiatic lilies)
and Old World Asiatics would make a
fine introduction to the genus for the
first-time grower. Easily cultivated in
well-drained deep loam, and enriched
with compost and manure, the plants
can be left undisturbed to form
considerably productive clumps.
Liliums make good background
plantings in herbaceous borders and
have a long-flowering season. Even
the foliage remains decorative until the
stems die down in autumn.
July is an ideal time to plant new
bulbs or lift and divide overgrown,
established stock. The sooner you can
get them back in the ground the more
prolific the spring growth.
If you would like to try some
propagation, individual scales taken
from old bulbs will produce tiny
bulbils in just a few months after
setting in a pot of 50 per cent coco peat
Keep newly emerging
spring bulbs free from winter
weed growth; use bait to
protect tender shoots and
flower buds from foraging
slugs, particularly in
organically mulched beds;
feed clumps of early bulbs in
flower with a complete
fertiliser to assist in
replenishing their future food
By August we will be back to
over 10 hours of sunlight so
prepare vacant vegie plots for
some serious seed sowing and
transplanting of seedlings
from then on. Enrich the soil
with well-made compost and
pulverised manure. Fresh
manure is usually best applied
via the compost heap.
If you have had problems
with Bindis in lawns in the past,
use a pre-emergent spray over
the next few weeks to avoid
trouble again this year.
also be treated after aerating
the ground in order to
improve the drainage.
Apologies for the gremlin
that dropped a word from last
week's article on rhubarb. It is,
of course, the flowering stems
that should be removed as
soon they appear -- to prevent
the plant from going to seed
rather than producing more of
the succulent stalks for eating.
HORSE PARK DRIVE
Final section of
Gungahlin s Horse Park Drive from
Katherine Avenue, in Amaroo, to
Burrumurra Avenue, in Casey, has
It is the final major piece in
Gungahlin s road network and will
connect residents to the Barton and
Minister for Economic
Development Andrew Barr said the
section of road was an important part
of the North Canberra road network
and would be a major time saver for
"It will also reduce travel times for
those who will soon be working on
the provision of infrastructure for the
new Gungahlin suburb of Moncrieff
as well as being more convenient for
those living in the suburbs of Casey,
Jacka, Bonner, Amaroo and
Ngunnawal, Mr Barr said.
The final section of Horse Park
Drive has been completed on time
and on budget.
CLOTHING SALE TO
Communities@Work s Best Dressed
Clothing Sale returns this weekend
with a variety of pre-loved smart and
formal wear. Money raised will
support the organisation s social
programs and assist with the purchase
of essential items. Friday, July 25, is
registered VIP sale night, from
5.30pm-7.30pm, and on Saturday,
July 26, the sale is open from 10am-
2pm at Tuggeranong Community and
Function Centre. Cost: $35 Friday
VIP ticket, $5 Saturday door entry.
Phone: 6293 6521. Email
CANBERRA FRIENDS OF DILI
Canberra friends of Dili invite you to hear Ego Lemos on
the topic Environmental Campaigning and Permaculture
in Timor-Leste. Ego Lemos is an activist, permaculturist
and singer/songwriter. July 22, 5.30pm. Reception
room ACT Legislative Assembly.
ANOTHER CHANCE OP SHOP
Is having a special boys-only sale. Size 0000 -- XXXL:
that's baby wear through to big blokes. Visit the store for
great bargains; not everything is blue. July 25-August 8.
Another Chance Op Shop, Ross Smith Crescent, Scullin.
Monday to Friday 10am-4.30pm, Saturday 10am-1pm.
BILINGUAL TRIVIA EVENING
A fun-filled evening hosted by Das Zentrum. Questions
will be asked in both English and German. You don't
need to be fluent in both languages, one will do.
Organise a group of six or form a table on the night. $20
a person ($15 members and school students) includes
supper along with coffee and tea. Great prizes, thanks
to our sponsors: Lindt Master Chocolatier, the Austrian,
German and Swiss Embassies. July 25, 7pm. The Keller
at the Harmonie German Club, 49 Jerrabomberra
Avenue, Narrabundah. Ph: 6281 0486. RSVP essential
by July 23.
WELSH SOCIAL AFTERNOON
Join in some singing or just have a chat with others who
hail from Wales or share an interest in the country and
its culture. July 26, 2pm. Irish Club, 6 Parkinson Street,
Weston. Ph: 6288 1276, 0408 089 235. Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Organised by the Welsh
Society of Canberra.
THE MONARO FOLK SOCIETY
The Monaro Folk Society is holding a bush dance soon.
Come along to a fun night of lively bush dancing to
Sydney's oldest band, the Ryebuck Bush Band with
Margaret Bollinger calling. All the dances are taught and
called and no partners are necessary. Bring a plate of
supper to share. July 26, 8pm-11.30pm. Kingston
Baptist Church, 11 Currie Crescent, Kingston.
In conjunction with Southside Community Centre, the
Tuggeranong 55 Plus Club is holding Nordic Walking
Classes for seniors. This successful program has many
proven overall health benefits especially for those
55-plus. First lesson is free, so come along and see why
this activity is so popular in Europe. Starting July 28. For
information sheet and bookings. Ph: 6293 4004.
SOLAR COOKING AT HOME
The Canberra Environment Centre is holding a solar
cooking at home workshop. Learn the different options
for making your own solar cooker and how to cook with
it. Come along, get some tips and try some food that
has been cooked the solar way. $20 a person. July 29,
6pm-8pm. Canberra Environment Centre. Bookings
ALZHEIMER'S EDUCATION SESSIONS
Worried About Your Memory?
Is forgetfulness a sign of dementia? Most of us worry
about our memory from time to time -- at any age -- but
certainly more so as we get older. In this information-rich
age we hear a lot about memory and quietly wonder
whether our memory lapses are something that we
should be concerned about. This session will assist with
these questions. Free. Today, 10.30am-noon.
Alzheimer's Australia, 159 Maribyrnong Avenue, Kaleen.
Ph: 6255 0722.
CANBERRA LAKES LADIES PROBUS CLUB
Meets at 10am at St John's Church, Reid, on the third
Monday of each month. The guest speaker in August is
Maria Staykova, her topic is 10 Women who became
Nobel Prize Laureates in Medicine. On August 1 there
will be a visit to the glassworks and lunch at Local Press,
Kingston Quay. All welcome. Ph: 6247 0505.
WESTON CREEK VIEW CLUB
Next meeting will be held soon. The speaker will be Alec
Prior talking about his life as a young lad on the largest
sailing ship in the world. A delicious lunch for just $23
will be served while you enjoy the company of friendly
women. August 5, 11am. Canberra Southern Cross
Club, Corinna Street, Woden. Ph: 6281 3110. RSVP by
CANBERRA FLOWER CLUB
Flower arranging is an art that brings joy and beauty to
the lives of all those who practise it.The Canberra Flower
Club, whose motto is Friendship through Flowers,
fosters this art through a series of demonstrations and
exhibitions and extends a warm welcome to new
members and visitors who wish to participate in the
club's activities. The club meets on the second Tuesday
of each month at The Downer Community Centre,
Frencham Place, Downer, ACT. The next meeting will be
held at 9.30am on Tuesday, August 12. Ph: 6248 0518.
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