ed­i­tors's let­ter

Gardening Australia - - EDITOR'S LETTER -

Aus­tralians love grow­ing citrus at home, and this is the time of year when the spoils hang heavy on the tree. But if your lemon, lime or or­ange tree is more spoiled than spoils, you might nd the answer to your woes in our spe­cial citrus clinic. ere are 12 meaty Q&As to dig into (page 42), plus Jane Ed­man­son’s wrap up of pests, dis­eases and other ir­ri­tants.

Win­ter also ush­ers in the fra­grant and some­times ckle daphne – we have a terri c grow­ing guide on page 12, with a se­lec­tion of cul­ti­vars to look for. If daphne is not for you, how about giant bromeli­ads, (Al­can­terea spp., page 16), dainty win­ter iris (page 18) or the cu­ri­ous silk tas­sel bush (page 20)? Or maybe you’re think­ing shade, fruit and some­thing for the fu­ture? Tino Carnevale talks ‘pears for your heirs’ on page 58, and now is a per­fect time to plant one bare-rooted. And I adore the break­ing-all-the-rules mix of camel­lias and gre­vil­leas (and many more plants) in the fea­ture gar­den on page 24 – a prod­uct of pas­sion, ex­per­tise and good in­stincts.

Pas­sion is one of the key qual­i­ties we’re look­ing for in our Gar­dener of the Year com­pe­ti­tion. En­tries are com­ing in, and we’re de­lighted to an­nounce that this year, the ve state nal­ists cho­sen by the mag­a­zine and TV teams will be fea­tured on the TV show, as well as in the mag­a­zine. Once the TV seg­ments have been broad­cast, pub­lic vot­ing will com­mence. Yes, you get to choose this year’s win­ner!

Find your en­try coupon on page 49 of this is­sue, and visit gar­deningaus­tralia.com.au/awards for more de­tails or to lodge an on­line en­try. If you’re still un­sure whether or not to en­ter, turn to page 50 where we catch up with the 2016 win­ner, Shirley John­son. Shirley says she didn’t imag­ine for a sec­ond she would take out the ti­tle (and the fab­u­lous over­seas trip), but de­cided to share her story any­way. Just as well she did! We hope her hol­i­day re­port and pho­tos in­spire you to share your own story with us.

PRICKLY ENCOUNTER On a re­cent visit to Cam­den, NSW, Jenny came across a silk oss tree (Ceiba speciosa syn. Cho­risia speciosa), the ower of which fea­tured on our Au­gust 2017 cover. is beau­ti­ful but su­per prickly tree is in the grounds of his­toric...

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