COVER CROPS for Autumn sowing
Right now is a good time to put in a 'Green Manure', or 'Cover Crop' in an area of your vegie garden that you plan on leaving fallow over the Winter months.Your Garden has been in intensive production over the Spring and Summer period and this is a perfect time to assist it in it's revitalisation process.
Cover crops are designed to IMPROVE soil quality, RESTORE soil fertility and ADD a good amount of Organic Matter into your Garden beds. They will also help to improve drainage at the same time.
Legume and Clover seeds are actually 'Nitrogen fixers'. ... this simply put, means, they will take Nitrogen from the air and transfer it to the Plant and its roots ( you will notice nodules formed on the roots of these legumes as they mature) . When the plant dies, or is turned into the soil after flowering, the Nitrogen will be released into the soil, and become available to the plants that will follow on.
Brilliant ... free Nitrogen added to your soil at NO extra cost along with LOADS of Organic matter !!! Another added bonus comes with the ground-cover they will provide over the Winter period.
Currently we have a good range of Seed specifically meant for this purpose. Cover cropping will go a long way to improving you vegetable beds prior to spring planting !
Great assortment of Winter Vegie Seedlings
The weather is still lovely, making it a great time to put in a few more vegetables... there are plenty of things that will grow in the cool weather ahead, including all the Brassicas, Onions, English Spinach, Garlic etc.
In particular we would like to recommend 'Corn Salad'.. one of the BEST salad greens for the Winter garden. Many Australians are not familiar with this delightful winter vegetable... delicious little rosettes of leaves that will thrive in the FROSTIEST of conditions. They are a favourite in Europe and Canada, and if you leave a few plants to go to seed, they will germinate the following year as soon as the weather cools off... just BRILLIANT !!!
The make a terrific salad just on their own, or mixed in with Lettuce, Kale, Rocket etc.
Chicks will be back in Spring !!!
As we head into late Autumn and the VERY first frost is just around the corner, we have had to bid farewell to our baby chickens until the warmer weather returns in Spring.
It is far too cold for us to keep them here in the Nursery over the next few months, but we'll be sure to have them for sale once the weather starts to warm up again. Early October is most likely when the first ones will be welcomed back, and we look forward to offering them to our eager Poultry loving friends once again!!
Our Organic Country Heritage Chicken feeds are available ALL YEAR LONG, as well as feeders and drinkers.
Monty's Surprise is here !!
That's not an Apple... now, THAT'S AN APPLE !!!!.. Behold Bruno, with these incredibly large Monty's Surprise fruit.. trees NOW AVAILABLE in our Nursery. Monty's Surprise was bred in New Zealand is on dwarfing rootstock (up to 2 mtr high), good for eating and an excellent Cooking Apple (you might just need 2 apples for a pie !*!*). It is partially self pollinating and we stock the other varieties you need for pollination. Drop in soon and grab a tree before they disappear. While you are here you can check out our great range of Heritage fruit trees in stock.
Citrus for everyone!
Whether you have a traditional sized backyard, or just a small courtyard, there is always room for at least 1 Citrus tree.
Bruno has just returned from Victoria with an van full of EXTRA LARGE, SUPER HEALTHY trees. They will delight you with their glossy green leaves, sensational smelling blooms and tasty, vitamin packed fruit . They are VERY happy growing in Pots or directly in ground provided they have protection from frosts. On north west side of the house is ideal in Canberra. We have a HUGE range to choose from ... dwarfs, to full sized always on offer... some GREAT NATIVE Citrus too !!!!
Colourful Camellias !!
Winding down from Summer, one's mind can't resist looking forward to the Cooler weather ahead and Seasonal changes in the garden. This inevitably includes some reflection on the attractive and reliable Camellia !!!
Hardy and virtually problem free, these wonderful plants perform well in our Canberra climate.
Whichever Species you choose, there is rarely a garden in town that cannot accommodate AT LEAST one of these delightful plants.
Starting out with Sasanquas, and following on with Reticulatas and Japonicas, you will be assured to have a bounty of blooms for approximately 6 months of the year. !
There are shapes and sizes for all situations... dwarf and compact varieties that perform brilliantly in pots and are wonderfully suited to Courtyards, Patios and Balconies, as well as tough and hardy specimens for hedging.
We have received a wide range already, with new and exciting plants arriving weekly. Be sure to call in soon and treat yourself to one (or many) of these beautiful, easy care, and highly rewarding shrubs !
Cyclamens are back in town !!
These incredible Corms are capable of producing an AMAZING amount of Flowers over a VERY LONG period of time. Even though they are thought of as 'cool weather' plants , they regularly start to produce blooms by the end of Summer ... and.. can continue on right into the Autumn and Winter. They are easy care and basically require little attention. Give them light position indoors or out, and over the winter months they enjoy a nightly sojourn outside the back door for an extra bit of evening chill while you have your heater running. They benefit from a liquid feed and prefer watering from below their leaves. There are SO MANY flower colours to choose from as well as a striking range of Foliage. We will have a constantly changing collection over the next 6 months!
It's Chryssie time!
Unbelievably forgiving, and incredibly reliable, Chrysanthemums are often taken for granted or forgotten when it comes to Perennial plants.
Stalwarts of the Autumn garden, and commonly associated with Mothers Day, Chryssies are very easy and rewarding to grow.
It's as easy as choosing a flower colour/form that you fancy, and enjoying it in the pot while it blooms. Perfect on the deck or patio where it will flower for many weeks. Once it has finished flowering you can cut back to the rosette of leaves near the base of the plant and plant out in a sunny spot in the garden. Give it a feed and water in and let it be until the following Spring when you notice it starting to shoot again. Just treat as you would any other Perennial plant , and await for another good show as Summer draws to a close! Simple and Lovely... a much underrated Perennial that doesn't disappoint !!!
A REVOLUTIONARY NEW CREPE MYRTLE has arrived !!!!
This new range is just SENSATIONAL !!!!
- FLAWLESS Black foliage
- Range of Flower Colours
- 3 mtr. x 2.5 mtr.
- Making a Stunning specimen tree or fine looking Hedge
Currently we are the ONLY Nursery in Canberra stocking this fabulous NEW RELEASE, and we urge you all to come down soon before we run out of stock.
They really are beautiful and can't wait to see how they look as a fine hedge in one of your yards !!!!
Create your own Floriade !!
Autumn is an exciting season in the garden for SO MANY reasons...A highlight in the Nursery at this time of year is our extensive Bulb range !!!! Each and every year, we endeavour to source a WIDE collection of spring flowering bulbs. We carry a great range of Daffodils and Jonquils, beautiful Tulips, Hyacinths, Freesias, Crocus and Iris as well as loads of little Muscari's, Anemones, Ranunculas, Squills etc etc... far to many to list! We also pride ourselves in searching out some hard to find Collectors bulbs and tiny Treasures, ie: TRUE Snowdrops (Galanthus sp), Fritillarias etc. It's a real treat to stroll amongst our assortment of bulbs, dreaming of the promise of Spring after a long Canberra Winter ! Pop in soon and choose your favourites before they all disappear. We carry large bulk bags of Daffs, Tulips and Iris as well, for those of you that want to plant en mass under deciduous trees and on large properties Autumn is an exciting season in the garden for SO MANY reasons...A highlight in the Nursery at this time of year is our extensive Bulb range !!!! Each and every year, we endeavour to source a WIDE collection of spring flowering bulbs. We carry a great range of Daffodils and Jonquils, beautiful Tulips, Hyacinths, Freesias, Crocus and Iris as well as loads of little Muscari's, Anemones, Ranunculas, Squills etc etc... far to many to list! We also pride ourselves in searching out some hard to find Collectors bulbs and tiny Treasures, ie: TRUE Snowdrops (Galanthus sp), Fritillarias etc. It's a real treat to stroll amongst our assortment of bulbs, dreaming of the promise of Spring after a long Canberra Winter ! Pop in soon and choose your favourites before they all disappear. We carry large bulk bags of Daffs, Tulips and Iris as well, for those of you that want to plant en mass under deciduous trees and on large properties
Time to plant cool weather Vegies !
When it comes to cool weather vegies, our selection is 2nd to none !
At the moment we have a Huge range of Brassicas including a great assortment of Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Kale (mini and full sized varieties).
Wonderful varieties of Lettuce, Spinach , Onions are fully stocked, as well as a large amount of root vegetable seedlings.
We are bound to get some Autumn rain, and the Soil is still nice and warm....NOW is a good time to start putting in some of your favourite cool climate crops as many of your Summer plants finish bearing.
Remember to re-vitalise your soil with lashings of Organic matter, ie: Composted Cow Manure, Healthy Earth fertiliser, and a few handfuls of dolomite if your soil needs sweetening.
We've got a Variety of Mulches to help keep in the moisture and products to repel White Cabbage Moths, Slugs and Snails.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon !!!!
PERENNIAL MADNESS !!!
Throughout the seasons Perennials play a vital role in keeping the Garden looking Vibrant and interesting. As we change Seasons many of the Summer Perennials are finishing up and our great range of Autumn stalwarts start to shine. Our brilliant range of traditional as well as Rare and Hard to find plants on offer and currently we are stocking some beauties. Salvias, Agastaches, Michelmas daisies, Chryssies and Heleniums are some of our favourites, for there Colour, long flowering period, low water use and insect attracting attributes. They look great 'en masse' or dotted through the garden as well as the vegie patch attracting bees for pollination. Come down and choose from our great range, and fill your garden with colour!!!
Thanks Graham Ross!!!
Graham Ross ( grahamross_betterhomes ) has given us a BIG thumbs up regarding our wonderful selection of 'Donkey Balls' Tomato...
He writes via instagram... "A great harvest of Donkey Balls' Tomato, a seedling gift from Bruno @ Heritage Nursery Yarralumla during Canberra Home Show. Thanks heaps Bruno and the boys @ Heritage
We're SO pleased he is enjoying them, as we think they are Tops too!!!
If you didn't get around to growing them this year, we suggest you grab a plant or 2 next Spring and see for yourself how yummy they truly are!!!!
the Glorious Gardenia !!
If only we had 'smell-o-vision'!!!!!! These Gardenias are simply out of this world!
Currently we have a wonderful assortment of plants, from the Rockery radicans type to beautiful tall Standards. They will flower over the Summer period filling your garden with their divine Perfume.
In Canberra the Large flowered forms need a bit of protection from frost, so will enjoy a position under the eaves or in a courtyard, or, even better... in a pot.
They will add a sensational feature to your Xmas display.. or make a wonderful gift for that special someone!!
the Healthiest Fruit on Earth !!!
We've just received a fantastic range of Grafted/ Named variety Pomegranates this week and they are looking BEAUTIFUL. Varieties such as Wonderful , Jativa, Gulosha Azerbaijani, Gulosha Rosavaya and Jodphur Red are in stock and are top producers with delicious tasting fruit. These wonderful Fruit trees are extremely Drought hardy and Frost resistant. They do well in the ground, or can be grown in large containers as well... they look stunning in mid-late spring, adorned with their bright Orange/Red flowers and will provide fruit in early Autumn. These trees grow very well in the Canberra climate and are super easy care.
FANTASTIC FEATURE TREES !!!
If you are looking for a BEAUTIFUL, Stand alone feature for your Courtyard or Patio ... Or... have a shaded little nook in the corner of the Garden crying out for something unique, you simply MUST consider one of our Grafted Weeping Japanese Maples!
We have a terrific selection including some CHOICE, Collectors specimens Ie: 'Ellen', 'Lemon and Lime Lace', 'Tamukeyama' and 'Orangeola' just to name a few.
We have a huge range of LIghtweight Pots that will provide a great home for these FEATURE trees without doing your back-in !!!!!
Quirky Carnivorous friends!!!
Looking to turn your kids on to Gardening? Stuck on finding a Xmas present for the little ones in the family and sick of the usual toy dilemma... why not get all the kids one of these beauties. Easy to look after and fun to have around they are sure to spark Green fingers in the all the Children. They can learn all about caring for a plant without the worry of over-watering... while getting involved with Science at the same time!!!. We've got a FANTASTIC range to choose from !
Variety is the Spice of Life!!!!
If your taste runs towards the unusual, or you are looking for exciting additions to your edible patch, pop down to the Nursery soon for a great variety of hard to find Herbs, Vegies and Fruits. Pictured is the aromatic Curry leaf which does brilliantly in a pot. You can then bring this in over the frosty Winter months and it will survive happily until spring when you can re-pot and set outdoors again. We also have Banana Passionfruit, Tamarillos etc., as well as other rare/hard to find edible plants. These will require protection from the cold, and would ideally prefer a place down the coast, but many of us are up for a challenge !!!!
the CHICKS are back in town !!!
... and we are so happy to have our first batch of BEAUTIFUL baby Chickens back in the Nursery again!!! As the weather is still quite cool, they will need to kept indoors with a light on until they grow their real feathers, but that will happen before you know it !!. We have our usual assortment... Rhode Island Red, Australorp, and White Leghorn crosses that are sexed and will grow into BEAUTIFUL Shiny, Healthy Laying hens. We also stock ALL you need to set them up... Gorgeous Chicken coops, Organic feed as well as drinkers and feeders. Pop down soon and have a look.. they will win over your heart for sure!!!!
Incredible Edibles.. grow the lot !!!!
Potatoes, Shallots, Rhubarb and Asparagus aren't the usual vegies you think of as you while away the hours indoors on these cold wintry days.. but.. there is NO BETTER time to plan for self sufficiency than NOW !!! We've got a GREAT selection of certified Seed Potatoes, 2 yr. old Asparagus crowns, plump Golden and Red Shallots, and chunky Rhubarb crowns that will all add diversity to your plot on your road to self sufficiency.
Hurry down soon so you don't miss out !!!!
Fruit and Nut trees are in !!!!
So... you've got your vegie plot organised, and you may have some small fruiting shrubs and vines established... but wait..... there's more.. it's time to plant some Fruit trees!!!!! There is nothing better than heading out into the Garden and plucking luscious, fragrant fruit off your VERY OWN tree ! No matter where you buy your fruit, it NEVER tastes as good as home grown. These days there is no excuse for not having at least 1 or 2 trees in the yard as new Breeders have developed MANY Dwarf, Columnar and Miniature trees. Even those of you with tiny gardens or courtyards are able to grow some of your favourites in large pots . Our 2016 trees are flooding in to the nursery where we trim their roots, and give them a soak in a Seasol, Plant Starter rooting hormone, and Healthy Earth liquid fertiliser for approx. 1 hour, before potting them up in our quality potting mix. We have the LARGEST selection of Fruit and Nut trees in the district, including MANY Rare and hard to find cultivars as well as a HUGE range of Heritage varieties. Come and visit soon and we can advise on siting, soil preparation etc to ensure your trees get the very best start !
CALLING ALL MASTER CHEF'S... TRUFFLE TREES in stock !!!!
AHHH.. the romance of the Black French Truffle.. there is just something so exotic about this amazing fungi. Some of us have now begun to use this delicacy in our home cooking due to it's availability in Canberra and after seeing it used on a myriad of cooking shows. We currently have both English Oak and Hazelnut trees inoculated with the Truffle spores and ready to plant out. You will need a large area for the oak (great on a property), but the hazelnut will be fine in a suburban backyard. Many customers are planting them in large wine barrels too. Pop in soon so you don't miss out !!
Autumn 2016 Catalogue
We all love the change of seasons.. it's a time for Inspiration and Rejuvination, particularly after a long HOT summer. Our Autumn catalogue is packed full of Plants and Products to motivate you to come down for a visit. As always, we are interested in your Gardening exploits/ how you went over Summer/ Succeses and Failures etc etc. Autumn is a wonderful time for planting, renewing Garden beds/ dividing perennials, planting Spring flowering bulbs and so much more. See you all soon !
DIGGERS LAUNCH !!
What a fantastic day was had at the Diggers launch yesterday. Alongside you can see Bruno and Clive Blazey 'shaking' on the new partnership, as well as Bruno and Hedy with Deb and Peter, producers of our wonderful 'Healthy Earth' fertiliser, who came along for the festivities . We had a full house of fantastic customers, great food, and speeches ( Cedric Bryant was a fab MC). All in all, it was a brilliant gathering
Celebrations at the Nursery !!
The Nursery is all a-buzz today as we ready ourselves for the Launch of our Partnership with the Diggers Club. We will be hosting Clive and Penny Blazey as well as other local Gardening identities and Media folk to help us celebrate this exciting new Venture. As well as their EXTENSIVE range of Heirloom seeds, we will also carry some of their Books, Posters etc. As we all strive towards creating an Oasis in our wonderful city, and becoming more and more self sufficient in our home vegie gardens, the Diggers organisation is a natural fit in this pursuit. We feel really honoured that that have chosen us as as their Partner in reaching this goal !!!!
Spring Catalogue 2015
The Nursery is alive with Colour and Scent... Spring is finally with us and we want to share it with you. By clicking on the Link below, you can download our latest Catalogue and get a peek into what's on offer.. Drop in for a visit and see why so many Canberra Gardeners consider us to be their 'Destination Garden Centre' !!!
The Beauty of Orchids
Looking for a gift for a Gardening enthusiast ??? You can't go past an orchid ! They're easy to look after and will flower for ages, lasting FAR longer than a bunch of flowers. In general they need a light spot and minimal water, and good gardeners will successfully be able to bring them back into flower. Why not choose an Orchid next time you are looking for the perfect living gift.
Who can imagine, Pasta Sauce without Basil, Tabouli without Parsley, or Curries without Coriander. They are essential to our cooking and we all know, dried herbs just don't make the grade !!!
This season, as always, we are carrying an EXTENSIVE range for all our budding "Master Chefs" out there. Herbs that will thrive in our sunny Canberra climate, as well as a few unusual ones for those of you up for a challenge. Choose from our large pots of "Cut and Cook" ready to use ZEST herbs from Oasis, or our HUGE variety of Culinary, Medicinal and Tea Herbs from the Renaissance range.
Remember.. even on the tiniest Balcony we can usually find a spot for at least ONE single pot of parsley..!!!!!!