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

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. Read more about Lambley's New Mediterranean Garden

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. Read more about Ornamental Alliums

This is in every way such a wonderful book that it should be in the library of every person with an interest in gardening, botany or shamanism. Huanduj Brugmansia is the new book on the genus by Alistair Hay, Monika Gottschalk, Adolfo Holguin Read more about Angels Trumpets

There’s a fair deal of confusion amongst gardeners about the difference between hybrid vegetable seed and genetically engineered seed. Read more about Vegetable growing and heirloom seed

Allium karataviense

I grow a fair number of Allium karataviense in the garden and the nursery. Read more about Alliums

Ixia dubia

The death rate amongst babies and young children of the Central Highlands gold diggers was very high during the middle decades of the 19th century. Most diggers couldn’t afford gravestones and planted flowers, including Ixias, on their children’s graves. Read more about Ixias

I’ve had several goes at growing the deciduous Daphne genkwa. All met with failure. Read more about Daphnes and prostrate Phlomis

I’m besotted by the dry garden here at Lambley. In a quiet way it has been beautiful all winter long. The small miracles of the bulb world such as Iris reticulata, Narcissus cantabricus, Galanthus elwesii and all the others which flower in the coldest and wettest months brought such delight to this besotted nurseryman. Read more about A new season in the dry garden

Fritillaria uva vulpis

I grow a drift of the Snakeshead Fritillary, Fritillaria meleagris, under a deciduous shrub, Indigofera heterantha, and a herbaceous perennial Euphorbia ‘Excalibur’. In my garden this fritillary starts growing in winter and has all the winter and early spring light as it grows, flowers, seeds and fattens its bulbs whilst the shrub and perennial are dormant. Read more about Fritillarias for the garden

Muscari armeniacum 'Blue Star'

Each new week of winter has brought forth a new palette of colours and perfumes from the bulbous plants. In this week's notes we are featuring photographs taken in the gardens this week of some of the first heralds of spring. The past week the stars have been the Muscari and Tulipa species. Read more about Muscari, Wild Tulips and Fritillaria

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