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Gardening / Hold them or fold them?

PERHAPS it’s time to remove some plants from your garden and multiply others. I’m starting with our nature strip and Scilla peruviana, which grew from...

Gardening / Walk this way – with a purpose

I’M often asked where I get ideas for my column. Well may you ask, having now produced more than 1600 of them since February,1986,...

Gardening / Resist the seed temptation

Don’t try to bring seeds into Australia from overseas, the penalties are dire, warns gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Gardening / Pioneers dug in for good

Canberra’s first gardening club is celebrating its 90th birthday and there is much to celebrate, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Gardening / Time to feed hungry plants

It’s a good idea to start feeding all plants that were planted earlier in the autumn; specifically to encourage strong root growth for the coming spring, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Strength of a tree that reminds us of times gone by

This week, gardening writer Cedric Bryant looks at the English oak tree, a species often brought to Australian country towns after WWI.

The buzz about loving bees

Bees and frogs are important indicators of the state of the world’s environment, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Dry argument when talking plants

In the garden it's important to look for plants that are drought tolerant rather than drought resistant because drought-tolerant plants require less water to survive, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.  

Blossoms that herald spring

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT has some suggestions of picking the best blossom trees to welcome the spring.

Artichoke with a majestic presence

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT is transfixed by the "majestic" globe artichoke, a very decorative plant that can be grown for its silver leaves and huge, thistle-like flowers or as a vegetable.

Making the most of euphorbia

One of gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT's favourites is the euphorbia family. And it's a big family with more than 2000 members!

Avoid tears at rose-planting time

It's rose-planting time and every year gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT getS questions from readers on why their new roses have died. Here's the answer...

Joy of a silver birch against a blue sky

"There are few more stunning sights than the golden yellow leaves of silver birch against a clear, blue sky," writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Good time to sort out the garden

Winter is the ideal time to reassess your garden. It’s looking bare, the leaves have fallen and there will be few flowers until the bulbs emerge in spring. Take take a slow walk around the garden and make plans, says gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Look out for the rare, red wattle

With some rare plants it’s best to buy them when you can. One such is Acacia leprosa “Scarlet Blaze”, the red wattle, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Got to love those no-fuss perennials

Garden writer CEDRIC BRYANT loves perennials because they don't need constant replanting like annuals. He says they're ideal for dividing for extra plants and most can be readily grown from seed.

Time to get pruning deciduous trees and plants

Now's the time for pruning many deciduous trees and shrubs, says gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT

Yes, but Emily didn’t have to dig the bluebells up!

Despite Emily Bronte's affection for them, gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT has a word of warning about the English bluebell; it spreads like wildfire and could be a menace for the small garden.  

Deep in industrial Mitchell, a little patch of country

Reporter KATHRYN VUKOVLJAK discovers an allotment-style garden in a thriving patchwork of flowers and veggies tucked away in the back of Mitchell.

The timeless lure of lemon-scented plants

Lemon-scented plants have been popular since ancient times for their culinary, medicinal and fragrant uses, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

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