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Home Living : December 4th 2012
TREES TO PLEASE TIME TO SPRUCE UP THE HOUSE NATURE'S GIFTS Janita Singh Try potted Christmas trees and festive plants for that ideal gift this holiday season. POTTED Christmas trees make decorating easy and are perfect gifts. Yates communication manager Judy Hor- ton says the most traditional is the Euro- pean spruce (picea abies). But she points out that plant care is important. Re-pot if the pot is relatively small (25cm or less). ''Use quality potting mix, as this will help it to survive through summer,'' Ms Horton says. ''Spruces are cool climate plants so it is best to keep them in a spot that receives morning sun and protection from the afternoon sun.'' Potted pines (pinus radiata) are hardier but faster growing. Light pruning once a year will maintain its shape. Keep potted Christmas trees well watered and drained. ''Other clever ideas for Christmas trees . . . lillipillies can be trimmed into a neat conical shape and certain lillipilly varieties feature fluffy flowers or colourful fruit. ''One or two Confidor Tablets pushed into the root area will protect them from the disfiguring attacks of pimple psyllid. Trim- med geraldton wax and Norfolk Island pines are other suggestions,'' Ms Horton says. A bright, colourful azalea, Christmas begonia, gardenia, chrysanthemum or poin- settia, kalanchoe, or Christmas cactus are Australian favourites. Bonsais make good gifts as well as potted herbs. Tropical plants, miniature Christmas trees and flowers make great gifts. Check out your local nursery for many varieties in season. Different varieties of orchids are always much loved. Your choice of plant will also depend on who you are buying for and what they like. Do not stop at flowers. A pot of mixed herbs makes a welcome gift for keen cooks. Garden centres sell ready-planted ones, but its easy to create your own. Yates has just released its Heritage Seed Tin and the 43rd edition of Yates Garden Guide to make fascinating Christ- mas gifts for anyone with an interest in gardening or Australian history. Kitchens Bathrooms Doors Laundries Toilets from $19 5 full ceramic 4 panel solid timber maple Doors Crazy! $135 30% off Custom Made Kitchens SALE Vanities from $199 Solid timber maple French Doors Crazy! $169 AusLux Stainless Steel Sinks from $110 24 Bridge Street, RYDALMERE - off Victoria Rd Ph 9898 1200 www.auslux.com.au OPEN 7 DAYS Mon - Fri 9.00am-5.00pm Saturday 9.30am-2.00pm Sunday 9.30am-1.00pm Bathroom Accessories from $15 Taps from $45 Shower Screens from $375 Home Improvement 2186648 6/11 Prestigious, Individual Designed And Built Homes Built To Suit Any Need www.binethomes.com.au Builders Licence No. 4443 ABN 26 000 519 719 50 years experience Excellent Value for Money • Great Resale Value • Multi Award Winning Builder Display home 10 Kambah Place West Pennant Hills Inspect: Wednesday & Friday 2:00pm -- 4:30pm. Saturday & Sunday 1:00pm -- 4:00pm Specialising in • New homes • Knock down & rebuild service • House & land packages • Duplex & dual occupancy developments • Full brick & brick veneer construction • In-law accommodation homes 2004160 4/12 BINET HOMES ph: 9868 3222 m: 0412 822 608 FREE QUOTE BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES PH: 9890 7477 PH: 9890 7477 • FREE MEASURE & QUOTE • LIFETIME GUARANTEE Made to suit your budget & needs • Style • Service • Variety • Full range • Accessories • Hinged Doors • Sliding Doors • Over 20 years exp. Sydney Wardrobe Company Pty. Ltd www.sydneywardrobe.com.au Lic: 185628C 2152887i hlw wk40 SERVICES TO ALL DOORS New Showroom: Unit 57/4 Hoyle Ave, CASTLE HILL ( OVER 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE ( DEAN 2036992 4/12 AUTOMATIC OPENERS FR.$450 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE 9894 1233 GARAGE DOOR SALES & REPAIRS PTY LTD SEASONS GREETINGS
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