Lambley Gardens & Nursery, 395 Lesters Road,  Ascot,  Victoria 3364
Phone +61 (03) 5343 4303,  Fax +61 (03) 5343 4257

David Glenn's Garden Notes

Garden Notes From 2022

This outstanding tree which is rare in its native US habitat is even rarer in cultivation as it is so damned hard to propagate. It can be found growing wild in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Alabama and Tenessee. Read more about The American Smoke Tree

I recently celebrated (if that’s the right word) my 79th birthday. Instead of a birthday card my eldest son Ric sent me two photographs taken in the grounds of the Chelsea Royal Hospital where he is Grounds and Gardens manager. Ric is responsible for the maintenance and development of 60 acres of gardens and grounds surrounding the Christopher Wren designed hospital. Read more about Ric Glenn

Garden Notes From 2021

Hibiscus syriacus ‘Elfin Rose’ (Rose of Sharon)

First introduced to English gardens from Syria prior to 1596 the Rose of Sharon is actually a native of China and was more than likely brought to the Levant via the Silk Road. Whilst this Hibiscus is frost hardy down to minus 15C it flourishes through Australia’s torrid summer heat. Read more about Hibiscus syriacus ‘Elfin Rose’ (Rose of Sharon)

Garden Notes From 2020

Waterlilies are best planted in 20 or 30cm pots to control their growth. Place a couple of sheets of newspaper into the bottom of the pot to stop soil leaching out. Holding the waterlily rhizome in the centre of the pot you should then three quarters fill the pot with heavy soil. Read more about Waterlily Cultivation

Yet another harvest of Corn Salad this morning; perhaps our most delicious winter green.

World's Simplest Recipe: Read more about Corn Salad Recipe

Time to sow tomato seed Half a century ago I knew this old Melbourne gardener who prided himself on his ability to grow and pick a decent crop of ripe tomatoes by Christmas. No mean feat in Melbourne. He didn’t have any fancy pants propagating systems. During late winter he sowed 2 or 3 tomato seeds 5mm deep in each of half a dozen 7.5cm well watered pots. Read more about Time to Sow Tomato Seed

“Why can’t I grow rhubarb like that?” This is a question we often hear when visitors see our rhubarb patch. From a dozen plants we can pick 6 or more bunches of rhubarb every week for most weeks in the year. So this is how we grow rhubarb at Lambley. Read more about Growing Rhubarb

Just before the Coronavirus restrictions came into force Criss and I drove down to Lorne, a town on the Great Ocean Road, to have a picnic on the foreshore. On the way back we visited Country Dahlias as we do most years during early autumn. Read more about The Country Dahlia Nursery

Anthemis ‘E. C. Buxton

“Anthemis ‘E. C. Buxton’ is cool lemon-yellow, invaluable in the garden and for picking. This variety stands out as the most useful and admirable of all the (very few) light yellow summer-flowering plants, and a summer border without it is difficult to conceive.”
G.S. Thomas: Perennial Garden Plants (1976) Read more about Anthemis ‘E. C. Buxton’