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 2013

Pyrus calleryana 'Valiant' in Molly's Garden

Two very good gardening friends have on separate occasions said to me that they thought with so many ornamental pears being planted in both private and public spaces that there is a danger that these trees have become a cliché, something like a grander version of Iceberg roses.

It wasn’t the Dutch who first cultivated tulips but the Ottomans in Istanbul. It was from there that bulbs were taken to Belgium in the late 16th century and then on to the Netherlands. Holland now produces three billion tulip bulbs a year and exports one billion, many to Australia, for commercial cut flower production.

Cabbages the size of cricket balls, hybrid disease resistant tomatoes which rival the best heirlooms in taste, red leafed kale as beautiful as any flower, baby leaf lettuce, mustard, rocket, bok choi, endive and a hundred different broccoli varieties set out in parade ground order on an acre or so of land in Werribee, Victoria.

Viola 'Lady Hume Campbell'

Even on a cold late autumn day I’m stopped by the scent of a bed of Palma Violets planted along a path which leads from my study to the nursery. Palma violets “... possess a delightful fragrance reminiscent of ordinary sweet violet perfume mixed with that of wallflowers”.

Iris unguicularis 'Alba'

There can hardly be a more useful, more obliging perennial than the winter flowering Iris unguicularis which starts to bloom in May and carries on its display well into September. The clone most commonly found in gardens is known throughout the horticultural world as The Algerian Iris.

I’ve got an enormous crop of crab apples on my three trees of Malus ‘Gorgeous’ this year.

Until this season it had been years since I’d had a good crop of tomatoes.

Zauschneria californica 'Western Hills'

It’s only during the last few years that I’ve started growing Zauschneria’s again. I grew them for a while thirty years or more ago whilst still living in the Dandenongs. They were plants I raised from seed and might not have performed well or, more likely, I could well have found the flower colour too strident.

Garden Notes From 2012

The New Mediterranean Garden at Lambley is taking shape. We started making it just before the drought broke two years ago. An incredibly wet spring followed by 300ml of rain in a few days during January and 100ml in a few hours during early February nearly washed the garden away.

Allium 'Mount Everest'

Allium giganteum is by far the most telling of all the ornamental onions. It has cricket ball sized heads tightly packed with hundreds of glistening amethyst-mauve flowers set on a 120cm or moretall stem. It flowers here in late November and early December here a month later than the other large drumstick Alliums.