BOOTS OFF MONDAY – The Benefits of Pruning

G’day everyone,

Here are the top 5 highlights from my garden this past week!

1. Summer is a fantastic time in the cacti house, a lot of the succulents and cacti are starting to bloom. But, over the last 10 days I have been waiting in anticipation for one particular cactus to come into flower. Sunday was the day, the Epiphyllum cactus finally burst its buds to reveal the beautiful pink bloom. Epiphyllums have easily become one of my biggest obsessions over the last 12 months and I don’t think it is hard to see why.

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©BMHPhotographyTheGardener’sNotebook20152. In the garden there is a sea of purple and red poppies that have been flowering for the last 3 weeks! The flowers do not last long, but the seed pods are just as beautiful. As the seed pods move in the wind they distribute the seed that will sit dormant until late winter next year.

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3. The Veltheima bracteata bulbs have finished flowering and have formed their seed heads. Once the seed pods age and turn brown I will collect them for the intention to be sown. But, in the meantime I will just have to wait a few weeks until the are ready.©BMHPhotographyTheGardener’sNotebook2015

4. Looking fantastic and in full flower in the garden is the Saliva bushes. If you are ever looking for a sun loving shrub that will grow to a meter high, Salvia’s are a good option. Most varieties will flower from spring through to autumn giving you almost 9 months of colour. They are also bee attracting which is another great benefit!

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5. For my winter article in the Garden Guru magazine I explained how to prune weeping cherry trees. I pruned this cherry tree severely only leaving 25 cm, 10 inches, of the branches from the graft point. The new forming branches are doing exactly what I intended, the new framework is going to create a stronger branching network and allow for twice as many flowers. It is going to be exciting to see this cherry tree flower in the next 10 months!

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By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs
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