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Selwyn Times: August 08, 2017

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26 Tuesday August 8 2017 Gardening Latest Christchurch news at SELWYN TIMES Plant colourful kowhai in your native garden • By Veronica Armstrong THE HERALD of spring in the native garden has to be the sunshine yellow kowhai (Sophora species) – even its name means yellow. Its lovely flowers have led to kowhai being considered our national flower. Admittedly, this tree or large shrub can look quite drab for most of the year, but at springtime it comes into its own by bursting into beautiful yellow flowers. I have a smaller-growing cultivar, Sophora molloyi ‘Dragon’s Gold’, which is more shrub-like in size and this flowers in late winter. This year it started flowering as early as June, perhaps due to our milder autumn. Kowhai are significant to Maori and the flowering on bare branches, before the leaves appear, was a signal that winter was over, frosts were past and it was time to plant the kumara. After flowering the seeds form in pods that hang down from the branches. The seeds usually need scarification (abrasive rubbing to allow water into the seeds) before germinating. This can happen when seeds pass through the gut of birds, too. The trees do self-seed and I often find seedlings popping up in the garden that can be potted up. Unusually for New Zealand trees, some species of kowhai are deciduous and lose their tiny, green leaves in winter. Other species have a juvenile stage of densely tangled branches before reaching tree size and starting to flower. The only downside to growing kowhai is to take care as all parts of the tree are poisonous, as are so many of our garden plants. now bigger than ever Get the gumboots out IT’S THAT time of the year when gardeners are yearning for spring – and it’s just around the corner. In many areas, it’s still very cold and soils are exceptionally wet. However, it’s an excellent time for planning your new season garden and completing your planting of deciduous ornamental and fruit trees. Continue to harvest winter maturing vegetables and where the soil is friable (easily crumbled) and not too wet, sow seeds of beetroot, carrots, onions, peas, radish and spinach. Continue to cultivate soil in preparation for early spring planting by chopping up and digging in any green manure crops. This will significantly improve the organic content of the soil. If you haven’t grown any green manure crops, then add in compost and mix well with existing soil. If possible, try and raise the planting areas to 100-120mm above the existing ground level. Drainage will be improved and soils will warmer quicker in spring if you do this. Winter flowering annuals will be at their best and late flowering annuals such as cineraria are now beginning to bloom. Continue last FOUNDATION: Chop and dig in any green manure crops along with compost. plantings of alyssum, calendulas, cornflower, larkspur, lobelia, pansy, snapdragon, stock, violas and wallflowers. These flowering annuals are also perfect for growing in containers and provide instant colour in the garden. Start preparing your summer flower beds as they can be planted out towards the end of next month. Urban Section The magazine for gardeners who like to get their hands dirty growing with you SprIng Is here – It’S Sow Time how to get the best results from seeds and seedlings 100% NatIve In The capItal Unravelling the secrets of Otari-wilton Bush September 2016 | 100% It’s time to grow! New look and more content than ever! Decking Retaining Wall Timber Landscaping Timber Trellis Residential Fencing Poles and Piles H3 and H4 Timber Dressed Timber HOURS Mon - Fri: 7am - 5pm Saturday: 8am- 12pm Weedons Ross Rd to Rolleston We are here Berketts Rd Jason Pester 1304 Main South Road, Christchurch P 03 3477465 F 03 3477032 Trents Rd Main South Rd / SH1 Your Local Timber Merchant The New Zealand landscape awards The people behind the projects MeeT LeSTer Brice A Garden coach SubScribe from $43. 50* $7.90 incl. GST *6 issues/6 months ISSN 2423-0219 Save our roSeS How a rose register is protecting our heritage auckland Botanic GardenS Why we love our public grounds SUBSCRIPTIONS FREEPHONE 0800 77 77 10 www.gaRdENER.kIwI

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Tuesday August 8 2017 27 and start digging It’s cropping time for many citrus; late mandarins (clementine), lemons, navel oranges, grapefruit and limes. While seminole tangelos look very attractive on trees, you will need to be patient as they won’t be sweet enough for eating until October/November. Give pip and stone fruit trees a spray of copper oxychloride so they start the new growing season in a healthy state. Complete pruning of kiwifruit as they will commence growing next month. Feijoas should be pruned to “thin cut” their typical dense branch growth. This enables better light penetration throughout the bush and ultimately increased fruit production next season. Young strawberry plants will be in active growth already. Pinch out any flowers that may appear as plants will not form healthy berries until well into spring. Apply copper oxychloride to help maintain plants in a healthy state. Complete the pruning of rose varieties that were very late dropping their leaves. While plants are dormant, apply a copper oxychloride and/or horticultural oil spray to ‘clean up’ any overwintering pests or diseases. The addition of fresh compost around existing plants will greatly benefit early spring growth. In most parts of New Zealand there is little grass growth in August. However, it is not too far away. Get your mower blades sharpened and identify any problem areas in the lawn to be rectified in spring/early summer. In wet shady areas, there is often significant moss growth which will usually disappear over the hot dry summer months. However, you may want to over sow these areas with fresh law seed from October onwards. Continue to plant out ornamental shrubs and trees. Site preparation is critical to the success of these plantings so avoid TASTY: Continue to harvest winter maturing vegetables including broad beans. areas that are exceptionally wet, unless you are planting specimens that specifically grow in these conditions. Add compost to all planting sites and cultivate soil thoroughly before planting. Allow enough space between new trees and shrubs for full development. Be guided by local plantings in parks, friends and neighbours gardens when considering what to plant. Weather dependant, August can be an outstanding month for bulbs in the home garden. daffodils, hyacinths, jonquil, lachenalia and muscari, should be either in bloom or not far away. A good trick is to mark the best performing varieties with small bamboo stakes as you may wish to lift and divide those once bulbs are dormant. BOUNTY: It’s cropping time for citrus – if your cat allows it. CONTRAST: Flowering bulbs come to life in early spring. EVEN BETTER ACCESS TO INTELLIGRO! The contractors have opened up access to Intelligro from both ends of Manion Road now, meaning the Main South Road entrance is officially closed. Intelligro is open and we will have a new entrance! Access to Intelligro from Manion Road is now available from both the Weedons Ross Road, and Curraghs Road entrances. This will make it much easier, and safer to get to and from Intelligro! Access to Intelligro will change due to the construction of the Christchurch Southern Motorway. From early June 2017 you will find us at 261 Manion Road. Manion Road is the new road built between Weedons Ross Road and Curraghs Road. Please note the old access from Main South Road is closing permanently. N Dawsons Road OpTIONS If TRAVELLING ON JONES ROAd: • If travelling from the north: turn left onto Curraghs Road, right onto Manion Road • If travelling from the south: turn right onto Weedons Ross Road, left onto Manion Road If you are accessing Intelligro from Main South Road heading north, turn left at Weedons Ross Road and Manion Road is on your right-hand side just before the railway Weedons Ross Road Main South Road (SH1) 261 Alston Road Railway Line Jones Road Manion Road Berketts Road Larcombs Road Justine Drive Curraghs Road Robinsons Road If you are travelling from Christchurch, the best way to Intelligro is to turn right from Main South Road onto Curraghs Road, then left onto Manion Road just before the railway As we head into the best time of year for gardening we know you will have plenty of tasks to get through. Our team are here to help you, so if you have any questions, please contact us by phone, email or post on our Facebook page. Come and grab a free bag of jellybeans! Our thanks to you for your patience and support through the access changes. Proposed Christchurch Southern Motorway Stage 2 (CSM2) alignment New local road | Phone 03 347 9415