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David Glenn's Garden Notes

Garden Notes From 2016

Every week I pick a basket full of vegetables for our Ballarat children and grandchildren.

I’m often asked by visitors to the garden why their poppy seed hasn’t germinated.

I’ve written before about the many diseases that afflict tomatoes and the need to grow varieties which have high resistance to the major tomato diseases.

Occasionally, very occasionally in gardening reality comes close to the dream. A flower border made up of a mixture of shrubs, perennials, bulbs, climbers and annuals growing together cheek by jowl is so beautiful that even I, the garden’s fiercest critic, am besotted by it.

I only started growing spider flowers, Cleome hassleriana, two or three years ago although on the rare times I’d seen them growing in other people’s gardens over the years I was always smitten.

Arum concinatum

The true Arums are a race of great beauty and with one exception are unlikely to ever become a problem in the garden. The genus suffers from being confused with Zantedesia aethiopica, the big white, often weedy lily wrongly called by florists and gardeners alike as the Arum Lily.

Garden Notes From 2015

Last week I attended the inaugural meeting of the Australian Garden Council which was held in Parliament House Canberra.

Turkey is such a rich source of plants for Australian Gardens and such a source of fascination for plant people. The following images represent many of our favourite Turkish species but is by no means an exhaustive list of all we grow here.

The planting in our Mediterranean garden is three years old and looks pretty good at the moment. Archibald’s form of Salvia sclarea is as amazing as ever. The seed for this particular strain was collected in the Taurus Mountains of Turkey thirty years ago by Jim and Jenny Archibald.

Fritillaria spetsiotica

I first saw Fritillaria rhodocanakis blooming in Otto Fauser’s Olinda garden forty years ago. The flower was so extraordinarily beautiful it has haunted me ever since.

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