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Dahlias, calla lilies, sunflowers, carnations, zinnias and petunias, among others, look great in many gardens. Himalayan Honeysuckle (Leycesteria Formosa), a multi-caned deciduous shrub that grows 1-1.5 meters tall, is also in bloom at the moment. It grows easily in medium, moist, well-drained soil in partial shade, preferably afternoon shade. It blooms for quite a long time throughout summer and fall and is a valuable addition to the garden provided it is not allowed to spread in wet or damp forests or along streams. Growing plants from seed is a great way to cut your gardening budget. If you want to collect your own seeds, don’t cut off the dead flowers, but let the dead flowers form seeds that you can store over winter and scatter next spring. Easy-flowering annuals and perennials that grow from seed include aquilegia, California poppy, cosmos, delphinium, bunches, hellebores, honesty, Iceland poppy, larkspur, libertia, lupine, nasturtium, snapdragon, sunflower, sweet peas and late poppies. When the seeds are ripe, shake them into a paper bag. Do not collect the seeds on a rainy day or a dewy morning as the seeds should be completely dry. Store the seeds in their paper bag in a cool, dry place, and don’t forget to label it with the plant’s name to avoid confusion next spring. Plant annual seeds in pots and containers for transplanting in March. Try calendula, impatiens, lobelia, stock, marigold and alyssum. The roses will appreciate during this period a feed with an organic-based fertilizer, preferably boosted with potash. This promotes flowering but also helps to make the plants more resilient and resistant to heat and drought stress. It is important to only feed in cool weather and to make sure the plants are well watered before and after. Control powdery mildew on roses and also on crape myrtles with a fungicide such as wettable sulfur; be sure to apply in the cool of the morning. Cut wisteria canes, artichoke heads, lavender and helichrysums. Deadhead Buddleja, Geraniums and Crepe Myrtles. The first Armidale Garden Club meeting for 2022 will be at 6.30pm on Thursday 24th February. Meetings are held at the Uniting Church Youth Club Hall near Rusden St behind the Uniting Church on the fourth Thursday of each month. All are welcome – come! More about gardening: The Armidale Garden Club’s first meeting of the year will be held on Thursday, February 24 in the Uniting Church Youth Club room. Mark the date because everyone is welcome! For more information call 0412589414 or drop by. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content: Follow us on Google News Showcase



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