Gardening Australia - - YOUR PLANNER -

A big bag of ma­nure might sound like a funny sort of Christ­mas gift, but many keen gar­den­ers would hap­pily put that near the top of their wish­list. Older gar­den­ers, es­pe­cially, who may find it dif­fi­cult to haul around bags of dung, would no doubt love to have some­one younger and fit­ter do it for them. In­door plants are re­ally on trend, so most apart­ment dwellers would ap­pre­ci­ate a fash­ion­able plant. Tough house plants such as Zanz­ibar gem (Zamiocul­cas za­mi­ifo­lia), philo­dren­dron and devil’s ivy are great choices for be­gin­ners. For some­thing a lit­tle spe­cial, con­sider one of the many at­trac­tive Rhip­salis species with their cas­cad­ing long, thin cylin­dri­cal stems. A more tra­di­tional gar­dener might ap­pre­ci­ate a new pair of good quality se­ca­teurs, or a large pot that looks as if it was hand­crafted in an Ital­ian pot­tery but is, much more prac­ti­cally, a light­weight looka­like. And don’t un­der­es­ti­mate how much a bas­ket or box filled with your own lovely fresh, home-grown fruit or vegies will be wel­comed as a par­tic­u­larly per­sonal gift for a friend, rel­a­tive or neigh­bour. The best Christ­mas gift of all would be a plant that you have taken the time to prop­a­gate your­self from a cutting or seed, but for that you prob­a­bly should have swung into ac­tion some months ago!

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