It was a morning of dazzling birdsong, gentle sunshine and a world waking new and refreshing as I drifted along my street, only to be horrified to see a neighbour studiously digging up a wonderful bed of amazing yellow canna lilies.
Real, they had turn into overcrowded and essential thinning, but they weren’t becoming thinned. In its place, clump soon after clump of tightly packed roots had been remaining unceremoniously tossed into a select-up truck for disposal. The glance on my face should have spoken louder than text.
The neighbour paused in his function, and requested if I would like some. Having filled the folded-up canvas shopping bag in my handbag (for emergency use), I headed dwelling with my booty.
Later, as I stood them in a bucket of h2o, to soften up the mass and make them less difficult to divide without having leading to any problems, I realised that I wanted a little something tall, evergreen, rapidly-developing, and ideally floriferous, to monitor out the inquisitive eyes of an fast neighbour.
In a huge, deep, oblong-formed clay planter, a central, solitary line of canna roots would rapidly send up a dense mass of 4-to-five ft tall, sword-shaped leaves, dotted with superb, spiky, golden flowers in their period, making certain my enjoyable return to privacy.
Replanting canna vegetation is a excellent way to continually enjoy them, by making dramatic backdrops, borders or privacy screens
I shared the additional roots of the safely rescued cannas among good friends. One person’s rubbish really can be anyone else’s treasure!
Seed sowing concepts for this month
The flower backyard: Seeds for superb, extensive-lasting, summer season colour should be sown now, and more than the subsequent number of weeks. Sow a lot of them if you want to make an exuberant splash. Amaranthu/cockscomb, so odd and fantastic that they would be pretty at dwelling out of doors, leading the record, intently followed by their shut cousin, celosia/plume flower, with heads of bloom resembling brightly dyed feather dusters. Equally should really be begun off in seed trays and planted out when about a few-to-four inches tall, and properly proven.
Then we have zinnias, in a range of heights and an certainly outrageous palette of lively color — though there are pastel shades and even environmentally friendly kinds also. Tagetes/French marigolds and much greater African marigolds are other summertime delights, as are speedy-to-develop-and-bloom rudbekia and gaillardia.
The latter two are hardy perennials, and present color to your backyard and pots for fairly a handful of several years to appear. Petunias, in particular the previous-fashioned, single ones, can be had in bloom all summer time prolonged, as long as they are kept in dappled shade. Basic to grow, portulaca thrives in full sunshine.
Coreopsis, gazanias, mesembryanthemums, gomphrena and cosmos are between other solutions. Really don’t fail to remember the assertion-creating sunflower, from dwarf to gigantic, and in shades of yellow, bronze and reds, for the ultimate summer months shout-out.
The vegetable backyard: Homegrown, chemical-totally free, summer months salad ingredients are an complete need to, with tender-leaved types, such as lettuce, currently being supplied a location in partial shade, so that they never burn up up in the warmth to come.
Other salad greens to sow involve endive, radicchio, chicory, Swiss chard/leaf beet, summer season cabbage and bok choy, French radish, crisp white radish and tomatoes — primarily cherry tomatoes, as these take the warmth significantly improved than larger fruiting versions.
Capsicums, pimentos, cucumbers, cucamelons, eco-friendly onions, chillies, aubergines, salsify, bush beans, climbing beans, dwarf beans, and each purple and white summer season cauliflowers are also advisable.
Toward the end of the month, you can make a commence on sowing courgettes/zucchini, bottle gourds, tinda, lauki, kakrri, snake gourds, pumpkins and some others members of the squash loved ones, as properly as potatoes and sweet potatoes.
The herb yard: Basil and loads of varieties of this necessary herb, coriander, chives, garlic chives, rocket/arugula, borage, calendulas, nasturtiums, lemon balm, lemon grass, summer months savoury, chamomile, plecanthrus/Cuban thyme, agastache, marjoram, thyme and oregano can be sown now. Ginger and turmeric — pre-sprouted is preferable — really should be planted in light-weight shade and in wealthy, well drained, sandy soil.
The fruit yard: After the middle of the month, make a commence on sowing melons, watermelons and Chinese gooseberries. You can have a go at rooting fresh pineapple tops and, providing they thrive, you might be rewarded with fruit in a pair of years’ time.
Fruit tree of the thirty day period: Mango. This medium-to-large tree, measurement various from selection to selection, enjoys sunshine and perfectly-drained, really fertile soil. Excellent drainage is essential, normally the tree is liable to go through a array of illnessess, some of which have the capacity to be deadly. Mango trees are finest procured as grafted saplings of named versions so that, soon after 5-to-7 years, the fruit it bears is really worth consuming.
Rising mango trees from seed is exciting, of course, but right after 10 years or so, when the tree finally bears fruit, it may perhaps or may perhaps not be worthy of ingesting. A mango tree requires plenty of home to extend out and mature, so is not proposed for tiny gardens.
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Published in Dawn, EOS, March 6th, 2022