Lambley Gardens & Nursery, 395 Lesters Road,  Ascot,  Victoria 3364
Phone +61 (03) 5343 4303,  Fax +61 (03) 5343 4257

David Glenn's Garden Notes

Garden Notes From 2017

Lapageria rosea grows in forests on the coastal mountains of southern Chile where it climbs through the lower branches of trees and shrubs. The flowers are extraordinarily beautiful 8-10cm long waxy pendulous bells.

Whilst Lilium bulbs can be planted for much of the winter and early spring, by far the best time to do the job is May as this gives the bulbs time to make strong root growth before top growth commences. The bulbs we are offering have just been dug and are all top quality and of excellent size.

Geranium maderense ‘Guernsey White’

My son Ric, who is the head gardener on the Cadogan Estate in London, sent me this photograph of Geranium maderense ‘Guernsey White’ which he flowered for the first time yesterday.

Sweetpea 'Black Knight'

Sweet Peas are traditionally sown on St Patrick’s Day, the 17th of March, although it’s fine to sow anytime from mid-March to mid-April. Later sowings can be made but you then risk the plants not growing as well as they might.

Garden Notes From 2016

My father let me have my first garden bed when I was eight or nine years old some sixty five years ago. The bed, surrounded on three sides by a dry stone wall, measured 90cm by 180cm. I crammed as many plants as I could get my hands on into it including a Forsythia.

Clematis are not difficult to grow provided a few simple measures are observed: Prepare the soil for these clematis by digging as deeply as possible a patch 60-80cm across and incorporating compost. Animal manures should not be used. A dusting of ground lime should be added if the soil isn’t alkaline. Plant each of these clematis 4cm deeper than it is in the pot.

I’ve just got back home from a month long visit to England and France to be greeted by snow, hail and freezing winds. And yet the garden is full of good things flowering their hearts out.

A favourite garden tool of mine is a Dutch hoe that Dennis Norgate gave to me 25 years ago. Norgate used it for decades to keep his flower paddocks clean of weeds and goodness knows how many years the old Dutch gardener who passed it on to him had used it. My guess is that this tool has been constantly knocking weeds over for the best part of three quarters of a century.

I can’t say that I enjoy eating pumpkin but my wife, children and most of my grandchildren do so I generally grow a patch each year. In the past I’ve sown seed that Lambley imported from the USA. The advantage of this seed was its early maturity.

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