Garden HistoryAvenues of Honour
How do Australians remember the fallen or returned from wars?
Is it just built structures such as memorials or is there another way such as an avenue of honour?
In this garden history segment you will discover that there a many other ways to remember those who served in wars, and that these commemorations shall we say, are not confined to capital cities.
Let’s find out what avenues of honour are all about.
I'm talking with Stuart Read, a member of the National Committee of the Australian Garden History Society.
Avenues of honour were usually trees, but sometimes shrubs.
Smaller populations in country towns felt that loss more than in bigger cities with figures indicating that 1 in 6 never returned from war.
Often they were on main arterial roads leading into town or in the main town park or showground.
You can search for avenues of honour through www.trove.nla.gov.au just type in what you’re looking for in the search box.
Or www.gardenhistorysociety.org.au and click on the advocacy tab or just search avenues, the list will pop up.
- Did you know that the romans grew Arugula for both it's leaves and the seed. The seed was used for flavouring oils and for some time they thought rocket had aphrodisiac properties.
- You might’ve heard Ian Hemphill from the spice It Up segment saying that most herbs were at some point used in aphrodisiac potions. Rocket is no exception.
- In fact, around the 13th century, the Roman Catholic Church banned it from being grown in monastic gardens for this reason.
- The spicy leaves can be grown all year round but are best in cool weather.
- I’ve found that certain plants like Arugula or Rocket and Coriander just bolt to seed in summer and it’s pointless getting the varieties that are supposedly slow bolting, because they always bolt in temperate zones anyway.
- The reason being is that long days and warm temperatures initiate flowering in this plant so you can’t fight nature.
- In temperate and arid districts, you can sow Arugula seeds from August until November,
- in cool temperate areas you have from September right through to November,
- sub-tropical districts can sow Arugula or Rocket seeds from March right through til November. Lucky them.
- Not recommended for tropical areas.
- For those of you that have a soil thermometer and actually use it, the soil temperatures for germination should be between 4°C 14°C
- Tip: be brave let one or two plants go to seed so you have fresh seed for next season.
- Seeds germinate in 5-7 days.
- Having said all that, at this time of year rocket or Arugula is one of those plants that’s easy to grow so would suit your kids or gran kids if you’re trying to get them into gardening.
- Wild rocket has more narrow leaves and the flavour is quite mild.
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Greenery is better than paving because it’s more cooling in summer but of course needs more care.
I must say though, paving, or large concreted areas do have their fair share of maintenance as well. You can get weeds coming up in cracks, then the pavers or concrete get the dirty aged look so needs to be cleaned off with a high pressure water cleaner.
Not good in times of water restrictions.
But can you grow a waterwise plant alternative for high foot traffic areas?
I'm talking with Glenice Buck from www.glenicebuckdesigns.com.au
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Let’s find out.
- The three top picks for lawn alternatives in high traffic areas are
- mini mondo grass
- trailing pratia (Pratia pedunculata)
- Dichondra repens.
- A close 4th is native violet(Viola banksia).
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