Kapi-Mana News : June 19th 2012
27 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JUNE 19, 2012 GARDENING 4658658AA 14 Prosser Street, Elsdon, PORIRUA Ph: 04 237 8917 Top quality collision repairs and spray painting Guaranteed repairs Repairers for ALL insurance companies Call in for a free quote while you wait Loan cars available Contractors van available for loan Porirua's longest established collision repair shop (since 1963) PORIRUA MOTOR BODY REPAIRS LTD WOF SERVICING BATTERIES TYRES 3 Prosser Street, Elsdon PO Box 50 036, Porirua City 5240 OPENING SPECIAL 10% OFF Servicing offer from June 5th - July 5th PH: 04 237 5404 Flowering filigree is food for the frosted soul Winter show: Witch hazel produces these beautiful little tufts in winter. By VICKI PRICE All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in seeds of today and yesterday,'' goes the quote, which is a gentle reminder to sow what we might want to reap down the track. If fruit and vegetables are food for the body, then flowers are arguably food for the soul (not to mention the insects). For a pretty flowery winter and spring, get some seeds started indoors or buy seedlings to plant direct in the garden or pots. Snapdragons can be sown all year round and these provide a delightful variety of colour forms as their flower spikes reach skywards about 15 weeks from sowing. They like a sunny position and come in tall or dwarf varieties. Viola are one of the most popular and pretty of the bedding flowers to grow and they have the nice habit of self-seeding too. Johnny- jump-ups from this family are cheery little flowers that make a great entrance- way plant in a pot. Another one to have close for full enjoyment are the sweetly-scented sweet peas, which can also be sown now. For colour sooner than later, look for seedlings like wallflowers, stocks and calendula. The bright yel- low or orange of the calen- dula is a reminder of the sun when days are dull. The beautiful blues and pinks of cornflowers are a must-have in winter. Their soft tufted heads will be sure to please and they make a good picking flower too. June is a good shrub and tree planting time. Get a hole dug now and put in some compost or topsoil before you plant your tree. Dig the hole larger than the tree's root shape, so roots aren't too crowded, to give it a good start. It's helpful if the roots get a good grip in their new home before the strong winds of winter storms threaten to bowl it over. A stake at planting with ties from at least two directions is a must if the area is prone to wind and, if necessary, a wind cloth. Some shrubs produce a winter flower show too, like the witch hazel or hama- melis. This attractive shrub produces tufts of yellow/ green and red/brown on its otherwise bare branches during winter and is an ornamental worth growing. Luculia has to be one of the most gorgeous of winter flowering shrubs and the large unashamedly pink blooms send out a heavy sweet scent to rival the most expensive pharmacy- bought perfumes. Beware of frosts though for this shrub will curl up its limbs at them, especially when young and tender. Pink, red, white -- the blooms are aplenty on camelia shrubs throughout winter and if you can grow a rhododendron there are lots of colours to choose from there. Grevelias, banksias and proteas also bring colour to the dull months and make for stunning indoor arrangements. The star of the winter show may well be daphne, an exquisite if not a little fussy shrub (they don't like wet feet). Give this marvel- lous scented friend a slight sprinkle of acidic fertiliser in late spring and other- wise, leave alone. A winter picking garden might be just the thing if you like to take friends a cheerful posy when you visit. Focus now on stream Onehunga Bay Resto- ration Group is turn- ing its attention from birds to fish this Sunday as it holds a working bee to plant alongside Whitireia Park's streams. The group is encour- aging volunteer planters to meet at 10am in the Onehunga Bay car park to spend three hours planting the Onepoto Stream banks. All planting gear will be provided, and the group will wrap up with a barbecue at 1pm. The group has 1200 wetland and pioneer species to plant this weekend, group mem- ber Chris Gibbons says. The plants should shade the stream and enhance the habitat for native fish, he says. Last month 35 volunteers spent the day planting habitat for little blue penguins, a turnout the group hopes to match this time, Mr Gibbons says. For more infor- mation call Chris Gib- bons, 027 478 8106.
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