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Selwyn Times: August 16, 2016

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22 Tuesday August 16 2016 Gardening SELWYN TIMES Add colour with chrysanthemums • By Tod Palenski NOT ALL flowers are created equal. Some don’t like to be picked. Some don’t flower easily or for a couple of seasons. Some require lots of ongoing maintenance. Fortunately, chrysanthemums are not like some flowers. They are easy to grow and their flowers are long-lasting. If you like to have colour in the garden and flowers in your home, stop buying flowers and grow your own chrysanthemums. There are three varieties of chrysanthemum I like. One is merry mix, which is also known as love daisy, it grows to a height of 50cm and produces single flowers in a lovely combination of tri-coloured blooms. The other two varieties are snowland and moonlight which will grow to a height of 20cm and are good for growing in cooler climates. Snowland produces single flowers with white petals and a striking yellow centre, and moonlight produces all over yellow single flowers. Chrysanthemums like welldrained and dry soil with plenty of lime. This means they grow well with plants like roses, lavender, bedded irises and gypsophila as they all like the same conditions. If you’re planting tomatoes in a month or two and want to add some colour around them you could try planting chrysanthemums there too as, again, tomatoes like the same growing conditions. Chrysanthemums will grow well out in the open but they also like to be planted next to the house as the soil there typically has quite a lot of lime from the foundations of the house. Another place these colourful flowers grow well is hanging baskets. Try planting our snowland or moonlight varieties in the middle of a basket and VIBRANT: Snowland (left) and moonlight are popular choices. then strawberries around the outside. The strawberries will hang over the side for easy picking. When you’ve got your seedlings, dig in some compost or organic matter to the soil first. This will provide the plants with some food to keep them going. Then plant each one about 20cm apart from the next. Plant merry mix chrysanthemums a little further apart at 30cm. Because they like it quite dry, they don’t need much watering. In fact, if they’re watered too much they become susceptible to getting rust. Pick off the dead heads to encourage more flower growth. And enjoy your colourful garden and home. Seed Potatoes in store now! If you are wanting freshly dug potatoes come December, now is the time to start sprouting seed potatoes ready to plant out in September. Spread the potatoes out in a dry area to allow the sprout to develop 1-2cm in length. Once they have reached this length, follow the steps below to plant out in September when the soil temperature has risen a bit more. Planting seed potatoes 3 Create a trough roughly 15 centimetres in depth and add Intelligro’s specially formulated Potato Fertiliser at a rate of 200g per square metre. Mix into the soil. Fill the trough with the fertilised soil back to 10 centimetres high. 3 Place the seed potatoes 25 centimetres apart in a row with the sprouts pointing upwards before gently covering with the remaining soil. 3 Continue to mound the soil around the potato plant as it grows to around 5 to 10 centimetres high, as this will protect the potatoes from greening and insect damage. 3 Side dress crop with the Potato Fertiliser every 3 to 4 weeks at a rate of 30-40 grams per square metre. Give a good water after application. 3 Once harvested store in a cool dark place to retain their freshness. Enjoy with family and friends at any time! LET’S GET GardEninG INTELLIGRO OFFERS: 3 Expert gardening advice 3 High quality products 3 South-Hort growing mixes 3 VIP rewards 3 Buy in-store and online 3 Handy delivery service For more information, check out our website: www.igro.co.nz or visit our facebook page: www.facebook.com/igro.co.nz Varieties available at Intelligro Jersey Benne 2kg Nadine 2kg Agria 2kg Rocket 2kg 1394 Main South Road, RD7 Weedons www.igro.co.nz | Phone 03 347 9415

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday August 16 2016 23 Fashion Costume designer set to wow • By Annabelle Dick A STAMP shop worker will have her creations thrusted into the limelight after being selected to show at the World of Wearable Art Awards. The garment Filigreen, designed by Cushla O’Connell, 39, has been selected for the Weta Workshop costume and film section of the show. “It’s pretty exciting. It’s my second year. I had a costume on stage last year, but it’s still really exciting to have it on display to so many people,” Miss O’Connell (left) said. The garments have been kept strictly under wraps until the show in Wellington on September 22. But she said her garment is pretty extreme and designed to have an impact. “We’re under hush, hush, but I was inspired by the silhouette they were wearing in the baroque era. It’s not close fitting – it has volume so it’ll have presence on stage from afar.” She used upholstery fabric for the one-colour costume and a flexible wire called fish tape to create the shape. EXPRESS YOURSELF: Stamp shop worker Cushla O’Connell works to create wearable creations. “The construction was full on. I had to do a lot of construction before I could move onto the decorative layer,” Miss O’Connell said. This is the second time she’s been chosen for the WOW show after her garment was selected in 2015. “Last year, I used leather to create my first garment. I dabble in all sorts of crafts and arts. I’m all over the place – I’m not happy just creating one type of work,” she said. The St Albans woman studied fine arts at Canterbury University and considers herself more of a creators than a designer. “I’m not so much into fashion but creating. I work at a rubber stamp shop.” Miss O’Connell works at Rubber Stamps by Montarga where she crafts stamps, creating images and taking classes. “It’s nice to have a job that’s creative.” Designers were handpicked from all over to world to make up the final 133 garments that will show. Miss O’Connell is one of five Christchurch people chosen to show at this year’s WOW awards. “Being up against the rest of the world in a show that keeps growing each year is scary,” she said. “I’m just happy to have my work on stage – you don’t get the opportunity to show in front of such renowned people often.” The competition runs from September 22 to October 9. DESIGNER FASHION AT OUTLET PRICES SMART BRANDS SMARTER PRICES HORNBY 409 Main South Road | Open 10am–5pm, 7 days