The flowering period for many perennials, repeat-flowering roses and annuals can be extended considerably if old flowers are removed as soon as they fade.
Warren Sheather The melaleucas belong to the Myrtaceae family, together with the better known callistemons, eucalypts and leptospermums.
Dar Brookes Roses, lilacs, sweet peas, lily of the valley, sweet peas, lavender, tuberose, philadelphus (mock orange), honeysuckle and viburnum are in flower now - cut some for a vase to enjoy those scents indoors.
Warren Sheather Australian members of the proteaceae family are well known and popular in cultivation. Many varieties of banksias, grevilleas and hakeas are represented in local gardens.
Dar Brookes As the pace of growth ramps up with spring well under way, there seems to be much to do in the garden and it can sometimes feel as if there are not enough hours in the day.
Warren Sheather The New England region is rich in Australian plants. Some are widespread and are found in other regions while others are confined to our part of the world.
Warren Sheather Throughout our continent, eucalypts dominate the landscape. They are found virtually everywhere except in the depths of rainforest. There are hundreds of species with the Northern Tablelands home to over 70 eucalypts.
This time of year, many generous people open their gardens to the public.
Dar Brookes Keep on top of the weeds. A few warmer days in a row can send the more promiscuous species to seed seemingly overnight.
Warren Sheather In my last column I talked about the large number of species of wattles (1000 plus). The different flower clusters shapes were described. These are globular and rod-shaped.