What’s on the show today?Expert hedging tips in Tool Time, sharp and tart, sweetness you can grow in Vegetable Heroes. Part 2 of gardening in tight spaces in Design Elements, and flowers that hate the cool-room in the Talking Flowers segment with Mercedes.
Hedges come in sizes and shapes and even vary in the colour of their leaves.
Chosen carefully hedges don’t need that much maintenance in the form of pruning or clipping or even disease control.
Perhaps you’ve let it go over the years, and now it’s that bit too high to manage easily making you dread having to tackle it.
Let’s find out how to get the hedge back into shape.
I'm talking with Tony Mattson General Manager of www.cutabovetools.com.au
Today’s episode was all about bringing that 3-4 metre high hedge back to a more manageable height, starting with the top first and only lightly pruning the front.
|Plumbago and Muehlenbeckia hedge|
You will need to use long handled (1.2m shears) as well as normal sized hedge shears.
If you have any questions about hedge pruning either for me or for Tony why not email firstname.lastname@example.org or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.
Botanical Bite:If you were wondering what a calyx is (calyces-plural), its just the collection of sepals behind the petals of a flower.
Sepals in most flowering plants are leafy and green, that make up the outer protective covering of a flower bud. Think of a rosebud as an example.
Tired of hearing about green walls because
a) you think they’re too expensive,
b) sounds too hard to maintain or
c) you’re just not into green walls.
So what else can you have that’s much cheaper, easier to put up and more of what you want?
I'm talking with Peter Nixon, garden designer and director of Paradisus garden design.
Let’s find out more.
- aeschynanthus, anything from the
- gesneriad family, such as
- columnias, and gloxinia sylvatica or whatever you like really.
|Frangipani flowers photo M Cannon|
- Never refrigerate tropical’ s they should NOT be stored below 13 degrees.
- Tropical’ s like tempered conditions.
- Keep Tropical’ s away from direct heating and air-conditioners units.
- Drastic changes in temperature burns fresh cut flowers.
- When handling exotic tropical flowers keep in mind that cold weather can affect them, keep your exotic tropical flowers in a relative warm area.
- To get the best out of your Tropical flowers after you unpack them you can submerse them in a bath tub or a large bucket/bin for 20 mins with tempered water NOT ice cold tap water to re hydrate them from travelling.
- Re-cut stems at least 2 to 4 cm with sharp secateurs.
- Preservative is optional.
- Replace water every day – these large flowers are thirsty.
- Misting is recommended once or twice a day as they like high humidity.