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Sweet peas

Whether it’s enjoying a posy of home grown sweet peas, sweet peas cascading from a hanging basket or a fence or tripod covered in sweet peas in spectacular full bloom, sweet peas are a beautiful flower to have in your garden. It’s sweet pea sowing time, so now is your chance to dream ahead and decide where you would like to have this gorgeous flower on show.

Here are some easy steps to create a very pretty sweet pea display:

  1. Sow seed around 15 mm deep into a garden bed or pot, firm down and water in well. If your soil is acidic (has a low pH) also apply some Yates® Hydrangea Pinking Liquid Lime & Dolomite. This will help to raise the soil pH (make it more alkaline), which sweet peas prefer.
  2. Only water again sparingly until seedlings emerge in around 2 weeks time. Too moist soil can lead to the seeds rotting.
  3. Once the seedlings are around 5 cm tall, start feeding each week with Yates® Thrive® Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. This fast acting complete fertiliser provides nitrogen for healthy leaf growth, phosphorus for strong root development and potassium for lots of lovely sweet pea flowers.
  4. Tall varieties will need to be grown on a frame, trellis or tepee. Young seedlings may need to be supported with small twigs or bamboo skewers until they can reach their trellis.

Sweet peas take around 12-14 weeks to flower. Cut handfuls of deliciously scented flowers for a vase so you can bring their gorgeousness inside

Delightful Daisy May

Daisies bring happiness to any garden! Shasta Daisies (Leucanthemum) are clump forming perennial daisies with vibrant white petals and bright yellow centres. Leucanthemum ‘Daisy May’ is a gorgeous Shasta daisy from Aussie Winners www.aussiewinners.com.au) that has large flowers over many months during spring, summer and into autumn.

The flowers are held on strong stems well above the foliage, on a tidy plant that grows to around 40 cm tall and 30 cm wide.

‘Daisy May’ prefers a position that receives at least 6 hours of sunshine a day, but will tolerate some light shade. It loves a well drained spot in a garden bed and also is a fantastic container plant, perfect for brightening up a patio or balcony.

‘Daisy May’ makes a lovely and long lasting cut flower – ideal for kids to pick a bunch for Mum or Grandma – and the flowers also attract butterflies and bees into the garden.

To help keep ‘Daisy May’ looking beautiful, regularly remove any spent flowers and feed each week with Yates® Thrive® Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. It’s as easy as mixing in a watering can and applying over the plant and surrounding soil.

Yates Thrive will encourage healthy leaf growth as well as promoting lots of bright flowers. As the plant matures, the clump can be dug up and divided and replanted throughout the garden.

Daisy pest watch: daisies can be attacked by aphids, which are sap sucking pests that deplete plants of valuable sugars and nutrients and cause declining plant health. Aphids are easy to control with fortnightly sprays of Yates® Rose Gun® Advanced, which is a handy ready to use spray that’s great for protecting all ornamental plants – not just roses! Yates Rose Gun Advanced will also control caterpillars on daisies, which can chew through leaves and into flowers.

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