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Gardening / Stressed trees start shedding leaves

WITH summer's heat and minimal rainfall our trees are suffering. As the water table continues to fall, trees are already starting to shed their...

Open garden / Christine’s magical garden of mystery

This week's OPEN GARDEN is one of mystery, magic and pleasure. Just ask owner Christine. KATHRYN VUKOVLJAK did...

Gardening / More to weeping than meets the eye

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT has some important advice about pruning weeping cherry trees

Open Garden / Going for green, green and even weeds!

GREEN, green and more green, Joan O'Loughlin’s pretty cottage garden is abundant with foliage, including several varieties of weeds, which she admits she has...

Gardening / Of beetles, elms and ash trees

MORE than 60 million Dutch elm trees have died over the past century, but in Australia we are fortunate to not have the disease...

Gardening / Lovely flowers for late summer

ONE of the most colourful flowering shrubs for late summer/autumn is crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica). With stunning colours from red to pink to white...

Gardening / A stinker, but not for perennials

A stinker of a hot summer maybe, but not for perennials, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Open Garden / Trudy’s year-round, edible garden

Trudy Yogini has created year-round, edible garden in Ainslie and it's open to the public soon.

Gardening / Spring bulbs are calling for attention

NOW, half-way through summer, it's time to start thinking about autumn planting. The next couple of months are a busy time for the home gardener...

Gardening / Make the most of watering

A NEW Year starts, but the garden’s new year began in spring when life emerged from the cold with a hundred shades of green...

Gardening / The lazy days of summer gardening

THE next few weeks are a quiet time in the garden and, with the welcome rain of the last few weeks, most are looking...

Gardening / A well-red column for Christmas

THE colour of Christmas is red, from the Father Christmas costume to plants decorating the Christmas table and poinsettia is also synonymous with its...

Gardening / Paws for thought in the garden

KANGAROO paws not only flower in summer, but some varieties can flower most of the year. One person who promotes kangaroo paws (Anigozanthos flavidus)...

Gardening / ‘Bells’ bring lots of flowers

CAMPANULAS or "Canterbury Bells", a favourite perennial in gardens for generations, flower from now until autumn and once the flowers finish the leaves remain...

Gardening / Fuchsia grows back into affection

FRENCH botanist Father Charles Plumier, considered one of the most important of the botanical explorers of his time, introduced fuchsia to the western world....

Open Garden / Relaxed gardeners loving the serendipity

It's all about relaxed, laid-back living for garden owners Alan and Lynne Wade, whose Kambah home is to be featured in the Canberra Open Garden scheme

Gardening / Great tree for tight spots

WALTER Burley Griffin’s vision of a garden city has long given way to the bush capital, which has now been replaced by a concrete...

Gardening / Warm response as plants burst forth

IT takes just a few warm days and, suddenly, there's an explosion of growth in the garden. Bulbs, corms and rhizomes all store energy...

Gardening / The climbing ways of wisteria

WISTERIA is in all its glory in some places and, in others, coming to the end of its flowering period with its almost-overwhelming fragrance....

Gardening / There’s no stopping lilacs

LILAC is a hard plant to kill, which means it's one of those that anyone can grow successfully. It's almost a given that lilacs, renowned...




West Basin blatantly a property deal

"Despite the best efforts of the City Renewal Authority to override the collective intelligence of residents, it is clear that the West Basin development is about money and keeping consultants and developers busy," says PAUL COSTIGAN


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