The air is brisk, the mornings cool and crisp, and the sun shines brightly in our southeast Queensland sky. It’s winter again in Brisbane, and a great time to get out into your garden!
Whether your interest is in the beautiful blooms that brighten our world during winter, including azaleas, the Orange Trumpet Vine (Pyrostegia venusta) and the rich and varied range of camellia flowers, or simply in growing your own food, June offers the promise of a rewarding season ahead.
The brilliant orange blooms of pyrostegia venusta are difficult to miss! This vigourous climber is often seen adorning fence lines and verandahs in residential and public areas; it’s hardy and fast to grow in a sunny position with good drainage.
The two species of camellia most commonly grown are Camellia sasanqua and Camellia japonica; the former enjoys lots of sun and the latter prefers more shade, but both are equally generous in providing a delightful range of flowers to brighten up your garden.
For those who prefer to eat the profits of their gardens, winter in our climate can offer rich rewards. The cooler temperatures and sunny skies are perfect for growing lots of vegies and herbs, including coriander, parsley, snow peas, spinach, beetroot, and of course the brilliant family of Brassicas! This family boasts stars in the vegetable world such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages and kale, and they are all easy to grow at home!
Sprouting varieties of broccoli are a good one to try. You might know them as something called brocollini in the supermarket’s vegie section. Plant them in friable, loose and rich soil where they will get plenty of direct sunlight. Add a bit of lime to the soil before you plant, as broccoli, like most of the Brassica family, enjoys a slightly alkaline soil to grow in. Keep them watered and harvest the sprouting heads as they grow; you’ll get plenty of healthy produce for months to come!
Remember, winter is wonderful for growing plants in Brisbane; visit your local nursery for advice, then go and get gardening! You’ll love it!