Make a beeline for vibrant calendulas
SOMETIMES called “pot marigolds”, calendulas are a wonderfully hardy annual that can brighten the winter
garden. They have masses of vibrant flowers in shades of apricot, yellow and orange which are a magnet for bees.
Yates calendula pacific beauty grows to about 40-45cm tall and they love a full sun location in either garden beds or containers. You can sow Yates calendula pacific beauty seeds throughout Australia during autumn, directly where they are
to grow or started in trays.
Seeds take about two weeks to germinate and the soil or
potting mix should be kept moist while the seedlings establish. Protect seedlings from damaging snails and slugs with a light sprinkling of pellets and then feed the calendula plants every week with a liquid plant food for flowers. To prolong
the display remove spent flowers regularly.
◗ GOURMET TIP: Harvest calendula petals and scatter
them over salads, soups and rice.
MANY banksias will begin their spectacular flowering season during May, sending their unusual flower spikes
skyward. Available in a multitude of flower colours in shades of orange, yellow and red, they are adored by birds and bees and provide a wonderful source of pollen and nectar as we head into the cooler months. It is important to feed banksias with a fertiliser that is
suitable for Australian native plants, which can be sensitive to some plant foods. Apply each spring and autumn.
Calendulas provide a winter garden with much colour.