Lambley Gardens & Nursery, 395 Lesters Road,  Ascot,  Victoria 3364
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David Glenn's Garden Notes

Garden Notes From 2013

Stipa gigantea

Grasses need maintenance to look their best. They need dividing, soil replenishing and cutting back at the right time. They also need feeding every year. The vast majority of ornamental grasses look at their best when they are relatively young as flowering is more beautiful and the flowering period is longer. Read more about Cutting back grasses

Having spent my childhood and youth in the East Midlands of England, where the gloom of winter settled in early November and didn’t begin to lift until April, where I rode my bike to school in the dark and rode it back in the dark, Australia’s winter seems short and benign. No sooner has winter arrived than it’s all over. Read more about Winter Colour

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. Read more about The Pear Walk

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. Read more about Easy Care Tulip Species

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. Read more about Buying Vegetable Plants Online

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”. Read more about Parma Violets

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. Read more about Drought Tolerant Iris

I’ve got an enormous crop of crab apples on my three trees of Malus ‘Gorgeous’ this year. Read more about Crab Apples for a Drought Tolerant Garden

Until this season it had been years since I’d had a good crop of tomatoes. Read more about Tomato seeds to buy

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. Read more about Californian Plants for an Australian Dry Garden

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