Newsletter #28 – September 2016 – Wattle Be Happening In Spring

Celebrating Spring, Wattle Day and Fathers Day!

The start of September is a wonderful time. Spring flowers are bursting forth. It is a great time to add new plants to your garden, with mild weather helping them to establish. Wattle Day on the 1st of September…..a fitting national floral emblem- a species of great diversity, beauty and resilience. And a happy Fathers Day to all the dads. I have a special offer in my shop, thanks to my friends at Reln Garden (formerly known as Tumbleweed). We are giving away a FREE worm blanket for anyone who purchases a Worm Cafe or Can-O-Worms from 1st September 2016 to 30th September 2016. Get your worm farming goodies now! >>>>

Western Australian wildflowers

I’ve been fortunate to be visiting WA just on springtime. This year has been possibly the best  in 20 years for south western Western Australia. In particular,the drifts of everlasting daisies and other showy herbaceous species such as the blue lechenaultia have been traffic stoppers.

At the moment the area to the north east of Perth around Eneabba and Perenjori has been the place to be but come October the south coast will be lighting up. My favourite patch was a heathland we found to the north of Enaabbba where a vast tract of the roadside was a sea of orange banksia (B. hookeriana), smoke bush (Conospermum species) and cottonheads (Conostylis species).


Another personal favourite was a natural garden of wreath lechenaultia (L. macrantha), trigger plant (Stylidium species), guinea flower (Hibbertia species) and blue dampiera (Dampiera species). Terrestrial orchids such as daddy long legs spider orchid (Caladenia longicauda subspecies borealis) were also having  year to remember. If you can take some time off this spring to get amongst it in WA then you will be richly rewarded. I’m now off to lead a tour to the Top End, for a different horticultural experience.

Spring events

Plant Lovers Fair is on again in NSW at Kariong on the Central Coast on the 24th and 25th of September. I’ll be there over the weekend. I’ll be giving talks, and will have my own stand with  my books, the new Neutrog native fertiliser and great special offers on my kangaroo paws. Find out more >>>

Arid Lands Festival 27th August to the 2nd of October at the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden in Port Augusta in South Australia. If you have never visited this 250 hectare unique site, this would be a great time to do so! It showcases amazingly adapted Australian native plants in a great site.

Garden Tour of Italy and Sicily 2017

I am leading several exciting tours next year and I have put together something special for those who love living in the moment. Italy is one of my favourite destinations for great gardens, good food, excellent wine and fun people. We will be starting in Rome and working our way south along the beautiful Amalfi Coast and finishing in Sicily- 19 days of wonderful gardens and cultural treasures. As a special treat I have invited my good friend and colleague on Gardening Australia, Tino Carnevale who will join us for the southern leg which is where Tino’s Italian heritage lies. He will give us a personal insight into Italian culture and gardening.

To learn more and to book your place, go to Opulent Journeys now! >>>>

If taking a journey in the footsteps of the great plant hunters in China is more your style >>>>

Shop specials

All of our Reln Garden products have been reduced for spring, to encourage gardeners to recycle their kitchen waste into great liquid fertiliser and soil conditioner. Reln is a great Aussie company!

It is too late to order your garden products for Fathers Day, but why stick to just one day? We are going to  keep our offer open of a copy of The Australian Native Garden plus 3 kangaroo paws including shipping for only $54.95 and, of course, Angus will sign the book as well for a personalised gift. Check out the shop for these and other good gardening things >>>>