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The Star: May 11, 2017

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z 30 Thursday May 11 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi The Star Gardening GARDENING ADVICE with $80 PRIZE PACK! ANSWER QUESTION Can you tell me please why my gypsophila plant was fl owering really well for three years, a huge bush of fl owers, then died? Branches were going yellow and I lost the plant. Also, I can grow the white ones but not the pink ones. I tried growing pink ones for a few years but all died on me. Can you please help? Today’s winning question came from Alessandra Adams. Congratulations! There are two probable reasons why your gypsophila plants are dying out. As gypsophila means “lime loving”, it is possible that your soil is too acidic. Gypsophila thrives in soils that are slightly alkaline. Applications of lime can assist in remedying this problem. The other possible cause of death is poor drainage. Most gypsophilas tend to be short lived in wet soils. Ideally plants should be grown in full sun, or light shade and in a rich, fi ne soil. Once established, it is advisable not to disturb the plant clumps. Cut old stalks back to ground level as the blooms fade to encourage further fl owering. There is no reason why you can cultivate white but not pink gypsophila. Prepare the soil well, ensure there is good drainage and try again in spring with some new pink gypsophilas. For more gardening advice, read our How to Grow Guides at BE IN TO WIN! Send us your gardening question to be in to win! Trees offer many benefits to a garden; privacy, shade, different shapes, attractive foliage, and flowers. Whatever you choose to plant, give it some extra help with Daltons Premium Planter Tab. Pop one of these into the hole for improved root growth and fertilise with Daltons Premium Tree & Shrub Fertiliser during the growing period. We have a Daltons Premium Tree Planting Pack to giveaway! Valued at over $80, it contains: • 2x Daltons Compost • Daltons Premium Planter Tabs • Daltons Premium Tree & Shrub Fertiliser • Daltons Organic Bio-Fungicide Granules • PLUS a pair of comfortable, versatile Red Back gardening gloves from Omni Products ( Email your question and glove size to: Entries must be received by 7 th May 2017 Ouruhia ‘The greatest little nursery in town’ SPECIALIST LANDSCAPE NURSERY Fruit Trees from $25 5 for $100 Up to 50% off Ornamental Trees 20% off Citrus HUGE NATIVE SELECTION On site garden design Cnr Marshland & Turners Road 8.30-5pm • 7 DAYS • Ph 323 8588 Eftpos, credit cards and most garden gift vouchers welcome Use your outdoor living areas all year round • Warm & dry in winter • UV protection for summer • Stylish & permanent • 5 year warranty “AS SEEN ON TV” Grant Stewart Chris Thorndycroft Phone 0508 272 446 | 15 months INTEREST FREE Normal lending criteria apply Hey Myrtle, where the hell’s Parkhouse Garden Supplies gone? They aren’t in Parkhouse Road anymore. They shifted nearly four years ago Sybil. Where to? Landscape Lane, you know off Lunns Road? Landscape Lane, that’s a good name Myrtle. Yes it is, Landscape Lane runs off Lunns Road which runs off Curletts Road, Sybil. Is that the lane between that truck place and the auction outfit? That’s right Sybil, between TR Group and Turners. They got lots of stuff there Myrtle? Hell yeah Sybil, where you been, you need to go there. They have 63 bulk bins with everything from: bark, mulches, compost, shingles, coloured stones and that’s just in the bins, not counting all the other stuff in their clean sealed yard - a wonder to behold, Sybil. What else have they got Myrtle? They have a shop with all sorts of sprays, fertilisers, tools, potting mix, pea straw, wine barrels (I bet they drunk the stuff in them), lots of stuff in bags and the staff are soooo nice and they load your car for you. That sounds like great service, Myrtle. Have they got a website thingy? C’mon Sybil, I would say the best website in town - Will you come and pick me up Myrtle, Bert’s busy today and he’s a bit grumpy. I want to get down there and I bet they take my Gold Card. They do Sybil, you get 10% discount every day except Monday which is ‘Old Farts Day’ and they give you 16-57% discount. Sounds like a lovely place, Myrtle. Landscape Lane (off Lunns Rd) P. 348 2915 OPEN 7 DAYS Remember... we are NOT in Parkhouse Road NO GREEN WASTE IN ANY OF OUR COMPOST

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