In the tropics
Prune spring-flowering shrubs, such as mussaenda, bottlebrush, grevillea and angel’s trumpets (above), and use the prunings to propagate new plants
Collect and bin any rust-affected leaves under frangipani trees
Stop snails and slugs in their tracks on nighttime patrols during wet periods
Pick up fallen mangoes to avoid attracting pests to the rotting fruit
Plant okra seedlings in soil enriched with compost, and feed regularly
Fertilise ornamental gingers with chicken manure pellets, water them deeply and mulch well
Hunt for grasshoppers in the early morning when these chewing garden pests have slower reactions
Trim rampant shoots on tropical climbers, such as allamanda, bougainvillea, Rangoon creeper and jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys)
Set up fine-meshed netting to protect lychees and rambutans that are ripening from birds and bats
Pick flowering stems of the brightly coloured heliconia (left), and enjoy them inside in a vase
Q I RECENTLY FOUND THESE ON MY ROSE. ARE THEY GOOD OR BAD BUGS?
Sue Piecyk, Mornington, Vic
I AM SO THRILLED WITH THE TWO WARATAHS IN OUR GARDEN THAT I HAD TO SHARE A PHOTO. THIS IS OUR FIRST SPRING HERE AT OUR COTTAGE IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, AND IT’S A WONDERLAND!