Spoil Your Mum this Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day just around the corner why not delight your gardening Mum with a beautiful living gift. Petty, pale pink, Mother’s Love roses make the perfect gift as do traditional Chrysanthemums in autumn colours. If you can’t decide let Mum choose with a Dawson’s Gift Voucher made out to any value, blooming perfect!

FREE Gardening Workshop with Chris Ferreira

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Have you always wanted a Waterwise garden but don’t know where to start?Join us as we host celebrity gardening expert Chris Ferreira at Dawson’s Garden World in Forrestfield as he shows you how to create your own Waterwise urban paradise and answer all your Waterwise gardening questions.

When: Sunday 22nd May at 11.00am                                  

Where: Dawson’s Forrestfield (170 Hale Road, Forrestfield)

The 1 hour session will be followed by an audience Q & A with Chris. This is a free event however numbers are limited so please register your interest by replying to this email or with the Forrestfield store directly on 9453 6533.

In Your Garden this Month

Flowering: Alyssum, banksia, begonia, bougainvillea, butterkins (Sida), camellia sasanqua, carnations, chrysanthemum, correa, crown of thorns (euphorbia), cuphea, cyclamen, dianthus, dombeya, duranta, eremophila, erigeron, federation daisies, frangipani, gardenia, geranium, grevillea, hibiscus, kangaroo paws, lavender, lobelia, mandevilla, marigold, metrosideros thomasii, oleander, ozothamnus, pandorea, pansies, perennial statice, plumbago, polygala, potato jasmine, roses, russelia, salvia, scaevola, society garlic, viola and westringia.

Ornamentals to Plant: Advanced trees, african boxwood, alyssum, begonias, bottlebrush, bougainvilleas, buxus, calendula, camellia, cineraria, cordylines, crepe myrtles, everlasting daisies, fox gloves, geraniums, gardenias, grevillea, hebe, hibiscus,  kangaroo paws, lavender, lobelia, magnolia, murraya, natives, native violets, nandina, oleander, ornamental plums, pandorea, pansies, plumbago, polygala, poppies, roses, scaevola, salvia, spring flowering bulbs (eg daffodils and hyacinths), star jasmine, sweet peas, syzygium (lilly pillies), succulents, topiary specimens, viola, viburnum and westringia.

Edibles to Plant: Asparagus (potted), beans climbing and bush, beetroot, bok choy, broccoli, broad beans, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chives, endive, fennel, fruit trees, garlic, kale, leeks, lettuce, leeks, mint, mustard greens, olives, onions, pak choy, parsley, parsnip, peas including snow peas, potatoes, radish, rocket, rosemary, sage, shallots, silverbeet and turnips

Garden Jobs for May

  1. Get cracking in the vegie garden Plant broad beans, rocket, lettuce, parsley, silverbeet, coriander and kale will provide months of healthy winter salads and recipe ideas. It’s a good investment in your own health too!
  2. Plant winter and spring flowering annuals May is a real window of opportunity, seedlings planted now will get off to a roaring start, before cooling soil temperatures slow growth.
  3. Sow Everlasting Daisy seed Sow following the first significant rains. Mix seed with sand or potting mix to make spreading easier. Broadcast seed mix over area and then cover with a light sprinkling of soil or potting mix. Keep seedbed moist by light waterings until seedlings emerge. Protect seedlings with snail bait.
  4. Autumn Spray for deciduous fruit trees As leaves are falling it’s a good idea to give deciduous fruit trees a preventative spray with a copper based spray. This helps to prevent over-wintering of a myriad of fungal diseases like stone fruit freckle and shot hole. Spray with Yates Liquid Copper.
  5. Protect plants from snail and slug attack Snails and slugs become more active following the first rains. These pests can be particularly devastating to new seedling planting so beware. The best defence is a light sprinkle of a quality snail bait like Multiguard Snail & Slug Killer.
  6. Look out for Rose fungal leaf diseases – Spray fortnightly with Eco Fungicide (in conjunction with Eco Oil) or Rose Shield Black spot & Insect Pest Killer.

Planting Guide for May

New Season’s Container Grown Fruit Trees in-Store Now!! New season’s container grown fruit trees are now in stock including Apples, Apricots, Citrus, Plums, Olives, Peaches, Nectarines and many more. Only have a small garden or unit? Our dwarf and compact fruit trees are the answer and many can be grown in large tubs. Autumn is nature’s natural planting time, so take advantage and plant now for future sweet rewards.

WA Born and Bred Camellias Our New Camellia and Azalea Catalogue, features some unique, WA raised varieties; beautiful, large flowered pure- white Camellia japonica Murchison Lady, along with autumn flowering Sasanqua varieties Day Dawn Belle with semi double, rosy pink blooms and semi double, white flowering Coolgardie Star. Another WA  Sasanqua Camellia, Kelly’s Eye will be available later in spring.

Kalanchoe Sublime Piton This easy to grow succulent is great for sunny pots. The orange flowers are edged with cream, giving a beautiful hand painted effect. Versatile enough to be used in well-lit indoor areas as well. It makes a beautiful gift for table display.

Dawson’s Roses Take some time to smell the roses at Dawson’s. The autumn flush, is in full swing, so it’s a great time to browse among Perth’s best range of roses. Take home your favourites or find new sensations among our huge range. Remember there’s truly a rose for everyone at Dawson’s.

Pandorea Lady Di This beautiful pure white flowering form of Pandorea jasminoides would have to be one of the best performed climbers we grow. It’s a twining, evergreen, native climber which has glossy-green foliage year round. It makes a fine cover for a fence or wall, or for growing up a pergola. It will grow to around 3m high and 3-4 metres wide. Over summer to late autumn it produces large clusters of white bell-shaped flowers with a light fragrance. Lady Di is versatile to grow in full sun to semi shade conditions and tolerates a range of soils. Feed twice a year with a long term controlled release fertiliser. Clip after main flowering period to maintain form and vigour.