■ Brighten up your indoors with a gorgeous flowering cyclamen or two. The trick is to only water the soil, not the plant itself, and to give them a break from heated rooms, by moving them outside each night. ■ Add beautiful zing to wintry gardens with pots and planters of winterflowering pansy and viola in cooler areas, and poinsettia in warmer parts. ■ Guarantee late winter interest by planting a few lime-green euphorbia. These are low-maintenance, lowwater plants. One of the best species is the bushy Euphorbia wulfenii whose bracts look like flowers. It grows to about 1m tall.
■ Celebrate National Tree Day on 30 July and Schools Tree Day on 28 July by joining in a public planting, or simply plant a favourite tree in your own yard. Go to treeday.planetark.org.
■ Order your bare-root roses (see page 78). Plant in well-worked soil in a spot receiving at least six hours of sun a day, and where roses haven’t grown for several years.
■ Plant coolly elegant japonica camellia. With blooms from winter to spring, these evergreen shrubs might look delicate but will go on flowering year after year once you get them established.
■ Check citrus trees for citrus gall wasp, evidenced by swellings or lumps. Use a sharp knife or small saw to cut them off. Do this quickly, as the larvae will start burrowing out soon (often around the end of August) and reinfestation will occur. Seal in plastic bags and dispose of in the garbage.
■ Plant summer-flowering
bulbs such as gladioli, dahlia and lilium. ■ Lift and divide clumping plants such as achillea, agapanthus, bergenia, euphorbia and clivia to increase numbers. ■ Fertilise cymbidium orchids. ■ In frost-prone areas, hold off cutting away affected or dead foliage until the last of the frosts has finished. The damaged leaves will protect the undamaged growth beneath.
■ Once your wattle tree has finished blooming, give it a light trim. An occasional cutback will keep them tidy and looking their best.
■ Lift potted water lilies
from ponds and repot into fresh potting mix to keep them happy and healthy.
■ Turn up the perfume
by planting sweetscented daphne (cool, morning sun position) and Osmanthus fragrans
(part sun/part shade).