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Home Living : July 26th 2011
2 HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, July 26, 2011 HOMELIVING Don't leave your plants out on limb JANITA SINGH Camellias are perfect for shady positions. Late July and early August can be stressful months for the plants in your garden. First there are those ferocious winds that affect new shoots as soon as they appear. In colder areas, persistent frosts cut back tentative new growth. Late winter rains often saturate soil which can cause roots to die. But you can take steps to help. In cold areas, resist the temptation to trim off frost- blackened stems as they provide protection for undamaged leaves below. If plants have died recently, try to work out what's gone wrong. Has it been too cold? Have they suffered from wet feet? Remember to follow sensible practices such as building raised beds where drainage is poor. Plant out marginally cold- sensitive specimens in spring so they establish themselves as much as possible before the next winter. For seaside gardens: Shrubs such as coast banksia and coprosma have evolved in coastal conditions where they've learned to handle stresses such as salt and wind. For shady gardens: Foliage plants such as ferns are usually the best choice. Clivias bloom well in light shade, as do camellias, impatiens and many plectranthus species. Watch out for water-absorbing tree roots that make some shaded areas too dry for some plants to thrive. For wet/boggy soil: It's surprising how many trees and shrubs have evolved in streamside positions and will cope with wet roots. Paperbarks are a good example, as are many bottlebrushes. There's a shrubby swamp banksia, Banksia robur, that loves damp soil. Details: www.yates.com.au. MD Regular MD Budget MD Luxury FROM $399 ,IC .O # !". 48 HOUR TURN AROUND 2063316 28/6 0 & % MDBUITINS LIVE COM AU (EAD /FFICE "OND #RESCENT 7ETHERILL 0ARK FREE 'IN HOME' CONSULTATION 1300 137 198 www.ccbd.com.au W Curtains W Romans W Sunscreens W Pelmets W Swags W Shutters W All Blinds W Bedspreads LATEST DESIGNS IN CURTAINS & BLINDS by Design CREATIVE CURTAINS 2188211i 11/1 SYDNEY BLINDS & SCREENS 9636 1555 Showroom: 26 Stoddart Road, Prospect. (Mon--Fri & Sun) www.sydneyblinds.com.au *Discounts off R.R.P. on selected ranges only. While stocks last. Offer supercedes previous offers. FREE quotes ALL suburbs X34431 WINTER PRICES MELT! • VERTICALS • ROMANS • VENETIANS • ROLLERS • TIMBERS • PLEATEDS • PANELS • SHEER ELEGANCE @E:=>LOBEE> ,,- Ob\mhkbZ KhZ]' Ia3 21*0/222 LM:GFHK> 01 IZkkZfZmmZ KhZ]' Ia3 2..0000) :E>Q:G=KB: */ H kbhk]Zg Lm' Ia3 1,2-2-** www.wildwooddesigns.com.au OPEN 7 DAYS DESIGNS PACKAGE DEAL SALE Craftsmen of Unique Australian Hardwood Furniture 1300 887 438 www.cleverseal.com.au DEAL DIRECT WITH THE MANUFACTURER Tilt Door Bottom Seal $88.00 (up to 3000mm wide) Panelift Side Seal $99.00 (up to 2500high) Roller Door Top Seal $88.00 (up to 3000mm wide) GST and Delivery included SEAL YOUR GARAGE DOOR Eliminate Draughts, Dust and Pests 2157402i 31/5 Save Energy Instyle Blinds and Shutters Pty Ltd 2083106i 3/5 STYLE SERVICE DESIGN Phone (02) for a Free Measure and Quote )NSTYLE 0ROMOTION %NTRIES #LOSE &RIDAY TH /CTOBER 4ERMS AND #ONDITIONS !PPLY 0ERMIT .UMBER ,403 For more details visit www.instyleblindsandshutters.com.au
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