Gardening with Neil Fisher
If you’re driving through the streets of Rockhampton, you’ll notice a beautiful shrub or small tree with a long, creamy bottle brush with flowers. This is the flower of Ivory Curl from Buckinghamia celsissima.
It is a plant that occupies a worthy place in most gardens or is perfect for walking specimens. Unlike many footpath trees, Buckinghamia celsissima has no bad habits, and some of these trees have grown happily all over Queensland in narrow areas of the road for years without any problems.
It is a worthy specimen due to its attractive evergreen growth habit even without flowers. Buckinghamia Celsissima blooms from today until about the end of February. One of the most beautiful plants grows in the area of Waraburra State School in Gracemere and is clearly visible from the parking lot of Johnson Road School. Buckinghamia Celsissima at Waraburra Public School
Companion plants can be described as plants that, based on their growth, appear to have an affinity for other plants, not necessarily those belonging to the same species. Accompanying is the practice of applying this theory to daily gardening.
This practice has been noticed by early gardeners in their observations of the characteristics of plants growing close together. It has now become almost scientific and many early observations are subjected to rigorous testing with comparable results.
The benefits of this type of planting are quite simple – it maximizes the growth capacity of the planted plants, helps to repel pests and makes the best possible use of the nutrients available in the garden.
Three of the best companion plants:
Marigold – any commercially available marigold would be fine, even the common stinking roger. The benefits include controlling nematodes with the roots, repelling pests with the smell of leaves.
Garlic – can be described as a garden crop because it repels pests such as aphids and cabbage butterflies and is particularly effective in controlling roses. It is highly recommended to plant it around vegetables such as carrots, lettuce, peas, silver beets and tomatoes.
Herbs – Most herbs can be considered companions due to the increased growth and insect repellent of other plants. One of the best herb / vegetable combinations is basil and tomato.
Important Note: Fennel is one of the only herbs that is not suitable for co-planting.
POTED PLANTS FOR FEBRUARY
Not only can the garden show well in February, but it is also possible to make color displays on a balcony, terrace or other sunny living area. This can be achieved by planting beautiful flowering annual plants in containers.
Whether it’s simple pots, decorative urns or window planters, the containers are perfect for annual flowering at any time of the year. They are also good at offering a low-maintenance solution for exploring the yard or patio. Growing plants in a container can also provide a much-needed activity for children, providing both excitement for watching the plant grow and responsibility for maintaining the plant.
The local nursery has a number of annual plants suitable for container planting. Petunias are constant favorites, offering a wide range of colors either in trendy or vibrant blends or in standalone colors. Snapdragons, Lobelia, Marigold, Pansies and Violets all look great in pots.
The plants can be purchased as seedlings and will bloom in a few weeks. After planting, keep these plants away from windy places because moisture evaporates faster. Avoid very shady places as well, as most summer annuals need many days.
A practical tip to keep in mind when planting a seedling: a good flower pot is important. I recommend one that is well balanced, light and easy to drain, and one that contains slow-release fertilizers and water-retaining granules. Keep in mind, however, that a few weeks of soluble fertilizer will be needed for the flowers to come.
SOWING NOW FEBRUARY
Annuals – marigold, salvia, petunia, alysum, candytuft, cineraria, Clarkia, cornflower, delphinium, Dianthus Gypsophila, larkspur, linaria, lobelia, pansy, flox, poppy, primula, Snapdragon, Statice, stock, sweet pepper,