Huge Plant Un-boxing: Tesselaar Plants (VIDEO)

Have you ever been hesitant to buy plants online? I have been taking a step into the world of ‘online plant shopping’…. As a Horticulturist and working in a retail nursery it is hard to buy plants online as you can not personally pick out the best of the crop. You put your trust in the company to make sure you receive the best of the best.

So who did I put to the test? Tesselaar.
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‘Tesselaar is a unique blend of the growing and marketing of cut flowers, bulbs, plants and perennials.’ – Tesselaar Online.

Plant Quality:
If you have seen the video featured above you will quickly learn that I was very impressed by the size of the bulbs provided. The overall quality and condition of the plants I received were a 10/10! They were great quality.
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Packaging:
Tesselaar are some of the best online plant suppliers in regards to their plant packing for transport. Each plant was carefully placed in the box so they were not squashed, damaged, broken and they were very secure. So you do not need to worry about them moving around during the delivery process! Once again I give them a 10/10.

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Range:

Tesselaar’s plant catalogues change seasonally making it easy to find new plants to add to your garden or plant collection. Plant availability is affected by the season and the correct planting time throughout the year. Tesselaar is one of the biggest bulb suppliers online and have been releasing new and wonderful varieties for many years. However, if you are searching for a big range of perennial shrubs, trees, etc, there are other online stores which can provide more options. However the overall range is 7.5/10.
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Delivery Time:
Delivery was a little slow from when the order was first placed and to when I received my order. This was due to certain items not being ready to be dug from the soil to be packaged. Which is completely understandable. In the Horticultural industry availability is always weather dependant and if the environmental conditions do not comply this can cause delays. Beside the slight delay my plants were delivered without being damaged and an invoice was provided with a lot of detail. So I give the delivery service a 9/10.
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If you have been contemplating buying plants online but you might be hesitant, I recommend doing your research beforehand. If you have discovered a nursery you wish to buy from, take a look at their media platforms e.g Facebook, Instagram, Websites etc. As this is the equivalent to a face to face greeting. You can get a great understanding of a company by how they represent themselves online and possibly what to expect when you receive your plants. If you have considered buying from Tesselaar I would highly recommend them. I have purchased from them a few times and I have not been disappointed.

I hope you find this video and review entertain but also helpful.
Until next time happy gardening! By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs ©BMHPhotographyTheGardener’sNotebook2018

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Let’s Garden Together: Vegetable Patch

 

Recently my vegetable garden has had a few unexpected visitors. They all appear to have had a great time as most of my winter veggies are completely gone! Join me as I clean the patch, pull a few weeds and re-mulch the raised gardens beds!

 

 

Until next time happy gardening! By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs ©BMHPhotographyTheGardener’sNotebook2018

 

Plant Culture: Plectranthus argentatus

Family: LAMIACEAE
Scientific name: Plectranthus argentatus
Common Name:  Silver Spur Flower
Full sun or shade? Can be grown in all day sun.

Plectranthus argentatus is native to the tropical rain-forests and rock outcrops of Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. Even though it’s native habitat is very different to southern Australia it can be grown successfully in a vast range of weather conditions. It is best grown in a part-shaded position or as a forest floor plant under taller shrubs or trees. They can be susceptible to frost burn in colder and high altitude areas, but they will usually recover in the spring. If plants are frost burnt, prune damaged growth off in early spring and fertilise with an Australian Native fertiliser to encourage fresh healthy growth.

Plectranthus argentatus is a tough, fast growing perennial shrub which is fairly drought tolerant once established. Good watering throughout the first summer, after planting, is ideal to encourage the plant to establish correctly for future success. Adding a layer of sugar cane mulch to the soil surface during dry weather periods can be highly beneficial especially in dry-hot climates. They tolerate root-competition amongst neighbouring plants, thus making them extremely compatible to be grown with a vast range of different plants.
Plectranthus argentatus has a semi-prostrate growth habit making it ideal for covering larger spaces in a short period of time. Growing to a maximum height of 1 metre (3 ft) and 1.5 – 2 metres (6 ft) wide makes this the perfect ‘filler’ for the garden. One of the best features of these plants is the beautiful velvet silver foliage. The foliage is ovate in shape and has a soft hair-like texture. During late summer through to winter, dainty white flowers sit proudly above the foliage. Flowers are borne on racemes that can grow up to 25-30cm in length. The blooms can also be enjoyed as cut flowers! This form can easily be grown by cutting (stem) propagation. Cut a stem, 2 inches long, (from the the tips) and sit in a cup of water until white roots develop. Make sure to refresh the water every day. Cuttings can also be placed into potting mix and roots will develop within a few weeks. It is recommended to prune Plectranthus argentatus once – twice a year to encourage a dense, bushy growth habit. Prune in early spring or after the flowers have finished blooming. By giving these plants a prune it will also encourage an abundance of flowers in the future!

Until next time happy gardening!
By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs
©BMHPhotographyTheGardener’sNotebook2018

 

How to Grow Garlic

If you love the flavour of Garlic and using it in your cooking, why not try growing it? Here are some tips and tricks on how to grow Garlic successfully! 

Soil: To get the best out of your garlic and to produce large cloves soil texture and health is an important contributor. You will need to have a loose, well-draining soil which has plenty of rich organic matter. By adding bagged compost or manures to the soil will help you to achieve this. If fresh manures or compost is used beware that planting directly after application can cause damage to young plants. Garlic prefers a soil pH that is slightly acid. But if you have a pH reading of 6.0 – 7.0 you will still have good success growing garlic. 

Feeding: Garlic does not require too much feeding throughout the growing period. They are subject to nitrogen deficiencies, these symptoms are discovered mainly in the colouration of the foliage. Foliage will be mottled and the whole plant will appear yellow, plants may also appear to have poor vigour and bulbs can be undersized. Applying moderate amounts of nitrogen based fertilisers will keep plants growing healthy.  But if too much nitrogen is applied plants will produce a lot of foliage and the development of the bulbs can be hindered.  Keeping a balanced ratio of feeding is the trick to successful garlic growing. It may sound hard but I promise that it is easy. Apply a liquid fertiliser such as Maxicrop or Thrive once a month to keep plants happy. When using Blood and Bone or Organic Fertiliser by Grow Better apply every 4-6 weeks. 

 

Watering: Garlic originates from Central Asia and northeastern Iran where is grows naturally in some harsh, dry climates. However, this doesn’t mean that it doesn’t like to be watered. In fact to achieve the best success in growing garlic is to keep the soil moist during the growing period. Garlic enjoys ample amounts of water for healthy growth and for good bulb formation. But you do not want your garlic swimming in water! If the bulbs are kept extremely wet it can lead to rot!

When to Plant: Planting garlic in autumn is most ideal. Plant garlic 3 – 5 weeks prior to winter will allow for the garlic cloves time to establish a small root system before the soil temperature cools. Plants genuinely do not grow or develop root systems in the winter due to the colder soil temperatures. 

Planting Garlic: When planting into raised or established garden-beds make sure to allocate rows for the garlic to be planted. Tip: Make plant signs or labels to remember where and which variety is planted. Take the garlic bulb and pull apart until you are left with the individual cloves. Plant the clove roughly 4cm deep with the point towards the sky and the rounder end to the soil. Cover with soil and water in. 

Lastly remember to just have fun with it! Growing fresh produce and picking it straight out of your own garden is one of the many joys to gardening. 

 Until next time happy gardening! By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs ©BMHPhotographyTheGardener’sNotebook2018