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September 2020 Update | We are back to our regular spring trading hours of 10am to 3pm – seven days a week. We are continuing to maintain the appropriate operating procedures in the nursery to comply with current COVID-19 distancing and hygiene regulations.

PHONE ORDERING / DELIVERY | To order plants or gardening products for delivery (between Dalmeny and Bermagui) ring us on 44 737 196 between 10am and 3pm to pay by credit card. Your order will then be put together and scheduled for delivery. Ring us for more details. Keith.

  IN THE NURSERY | Deciduous trees in blossom | MORE

  SPRING FLOWERING | Seasonal colour in the nursery | MORE

SEPTEMBER HOURS | 10am to 3pm – seven days a week. Keith.

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The nursery stocks a unique range of quality plants for all gardens. Each season sees a new range of colours and inspirations in the nursery and Keith ans Desiree posess the horticultural expertise to make sure the right plant finds the right place in the right garden. Tilba Nursery is particularly renowned for its range of cottage and perennial plants – including many rare and seldom grown varieties. This range of quality of plants, sourced from the best specialist growers, sees cottage garden enthusiasts from all parts of NSW (and even interstate) regularly visiting to track down plants simply not available anywhere else.

Osteospermum '3D Violet Berry' - currently flowering in the nursery. Keith. #inthenursery #perrenials #spring
Clematis 'Lasurstern' blooming in the nursery - just one of our spring collection of hybrid Clematis currently in bud or flowering. Keith. #inthenursery #clematis #spring
Daisies are putting on a show in the nursery at the moment. We have a big range of colours and forms in stock and more arriving this week. Keith #inthenursery #perennials #spring #daisies
Osteospermum 'Blue Eyed Beauty' - currently flowering in the nursery. Keith. #daisies #spring #inthenursery #perennials
We currently have a good collection of grafted flowering gums - (Corymbia / Eucalyptus ficifolia and hybrids) in the nursery - with some plants already starting to flower. Varieties in stock include 'Summer Red' (pictured), 'Summer Beauty' and 'Wild Fires'. These hardy, grafted plants put on a vibrant floral display in spring / summer and make a stunning feature in any garden. Keith. #inthenursery #nativeplants #graftedgums #corymbia #eucalyptus
Mammillaria zeilmanniana (Rose Pincushion Cactus) is a low-growing cactus which features a striking combination of soft white spines and sharp brown spines with hooks - plus attractive pink flowers in spring. Currently starting to flower in the shop. Keith #intheshop #inthenursery #cacti #cactus
Prunus cerasifera ‘Oakville Crimson Spire’ features the attractive dark foliage this species is renowned for - but has an upright, narrow habit which makes it a great option for smaller gardens or tight spaces. Foliage is reddish-bronze when young before maturing into darker shades. Spring flowers are initially white before changing to a pale pink with pink/red stamens. Currently flowering in the nursery. Keith. #inthenursery #trees #spring #prunus
Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow' is a hardy shrub with distinctive foliage which changes colour across the seasons. Spikes of cream, lime and green flowers also appear from late winter through spring. Does well in coastal plantings. In stock and flowering now. Keith. #inthenursery #euphorbia #foliage #spring
Epimedium ‘Merlin’ flowering in the nursery. This compact perennial features delicate purplish flowers and deep red young foliage. In stock now - a great option for a shady spot in the garden. Keith. #inthenursery #perennials #epimedium #spring
Abutilon 'Sydney Belle’ - currently flowering in the nursery. Keith. #inthenursery #abutilon #spring #perennials
Prunus 'Elvins' currently flowering in the nursery - one of the best flowering plums. Keith. #inthenursery #blossom #prunus #spring
Begonia 'Pink Baby Doll' - shade-loving perennial, currently flowering in the nursery. Keith #inthenursery #perennials #begonia #spring

Apart from cottage plants and perennials the nursery also carries an extensive range of Australian natives (many unusual or rare), cacti and succulents, citrus, berries and unusual food plants, roses (old fashioned, modern and species), rare and interesting exotics – plus seedlings and herbs. We now also carry a range of indoor plants in the shop | more

NOTE | for more information and images of new stock in the nursery see our In the Nursery page or follow us on Instagram / Facebook for daily updates.

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Lots of yummy new culinary creations next door at La Galette! From Friday they are open from 9am so why not pop in for breakfast and a coffee before having a browse through the nursery? :) Keith. #news #spring

Wednesday September 23rd

Lots of yummy new culinary creations next door at La Galette! From Friday they are open from 9am so why not pop in for breakfast and a coffee before having a browse through the nursery? 🙂 Keith. #news #spring ... See MoreSee Less

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Love both places

Yum

Ana T My

The local region is looking great heading into spring after good winter rains! Thanks for sharing this image Beautiful Tilba. Keith. #spring #news

Friday September 11th

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Beautiful part of the world

Just stunning

Gorgeous Tilba 👍

❤ Prayers

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No Thursday Talk again this month but here are a few handy gardening tips for adding ground cover plants to your garden this spring.

Nature’s Carpet (from my Gardening Gabble column in the Triangle Community News - September 2020)

Welcome to Spring - and how good has the rain been? For once we will be ensured of a great spring and optimum growing conditions in our gardens.

A lot of gardens will have a lovely selection of low to mid and then tall plants in the landscape but we often forget about the ground cover plants that can be planted among these taller plants to provide an infill over the soil. 

Ground cover plants come in many forms and categories - from conifers, through Australian natives, to perennials and introduced exotic species. Many are absolute ground-huggers and other that can reach 50-70cm high, but can be as wide as 3-4m. There are categories that will tolerate first-line coastal to varieties that can handle severe frosts and low water. Others are shade tolerant and many are edible, like herbs.

To elaborate we will start with first-line coastal. Many of the plants that suit this location are Australian natives and a stroll along coastal gardens and natural areas will soon give an indication as to which species are handling this difficult growing area. 

Species such as Carpobrotus (an Australian native succulent) are good for dune stabilisation - along with Banksia and Westringea that also have ground cover varieties. Myoporum and Hakea also have ground cover varieties. A good non-Australian plant is the Shore juniper (Juniperus conferta) that will mat well and stabilise sandy soils.

Moving away from direct-coastal we then move into more protected locations with heavier soils and not so much wind. In open, sunny positions in these locations the ground cover list is endless. Australian natives include Grevillea, Leptospermum, Callistemon and Banksia -with many others softer perennial types like Scaevola and Brachyscome

Non-Australian plants include Gardenia radicans, Convolvulus, Cerastium (Snow in Summer) and many more.

Shaded gardens can be a bit of a problem but here also there are many plants that can be used in combinations with perennials including Camellias, Chinese Star Jasmine (often used as a climber) and Lamium which comes in several leaf variegations and flower colours. There are also many other shading-loving ground covers that are available in nurseries depending on the season.

Herbs are the most likely category of ground cover that do not get much of a mention but there are many of great benefit. These can be used to cover paths within the herb and vegetable garden or used to cover a retained area within the garden. Several varieties of Thyme are suitable for walking on and prostrate Rosemary also falls into this category.
  
The ground preparation for ground cover plants is the same as for all other plants with the inclusion of some compost mixed with the existing soil to give the plants a good start.
There is a common mistaken belief that ground cover plants will provide weed suppression. There might be some weed suppression but generally weeds will still grow through the ground covers and will be hard to remove after the plants have established.

Ideally the best method is to lay down several layers of moist newspaper and cover with a moisture retentive mulch prior to planting and then pull paper and mulch aside sufficiently to make the planting hole. Plant the plants and then water in and pull the paper and mulch back around the plant. Over the time the newspaper takes to decompose, the weeds would have most likely died. Some careful hand-weeding and spot spraying after that will ensure the garden stays weed-free.  

Till next time, happy planting.

Keith.

From ‘The Triangle’ - September 2020

#news #spring

Wednesday September 2nd

No Thursday Talk again this month but here are a few handy gardening tips for adding ground cover plants to your garden this spring.

Nature’s Carpet (from my 'Gardening Gabble' column in the Triangle Community News - September 2020)

Welcome to Spring - and how good has the rain been? For once we will be ensured of a great spring and optimum growing conditions in our gardens.

A lot of gardens will have a lovely selection of low to mid and then tall plants in the landscape but we often forget about the ground cover plants that can be planted among these taller plants to provide an infill over the soil.

Ground cover plants come in many forms and categories - from conifers, through Australian natives, to perennials and introduced exotic species. Many are absolute ground-huggers and other that can reach 50-70cm high, but can be as wide as 3-4m. There are categories that will tolerate first-line coastal to varieties that can handle severe frosts and low water. Others are shade tolerant and many are edible, like herbs.

To elaborate we will start with first-line coastal. Many of the plants that suit this location are Australian natives and a stroll along coastal gardens and natural areas will soon give an indication as to which species are handling this difficult growing area.

Species such as Carpobrotus (an Australian native succulent) are good for dune stabilisation - along with Banksia and Westringea that also have ground cover varieties. Myoporum and Hakea also have ground cover varieties. A good non-Australian plant is the Shore juniper (Juniperus conferta) that will mat well and stabilise sandy soils.

Moving away from direct-coastal we then move into more protected locations with heavier soils and not so much wind. In open, sunny positions in these locations the ground cover list is endless. Australian natives include Grevillea, Leptospermum, Callistemon and Banksia -with many others softer perennial types like Scaevola and Brachyscome

Non-Australian plants include Gardenia radicans, Convolvulus, Cerastium (Snow in Summer) and many more.

Shaded gardens can be a bit of a problem but here also there are many plants that can be used in combinations with perennials including Camellias, Chinese Star Jasmine (often used as a climber) and Lamium which comes in several leaf variegations and flower colours. There are also many other shading-loving ground covers that are available in nurseries depending on the season.

Herbs are the most likely category of ground cover that do not get much of a mention but there are many of great benefit. These can be used to cover paths within the herb and vegetable garden or used to cover a retained area within the garden. Several varieties of Thyme are suitable for walking on and prostrate Rosemary also falls into this category.

The ground preparation for ground cover plants is the same as for all other plants with the inclusion of some compost mixed with the existing soil to give the plants a good start.
There is a common mistaken belief that ground cover plants will provide weed suppression. There might be some weed suppression but generally weeds will still grow through the ground covers and will be hard to remove after the plants have established.

Ideally the best method is to lay down several layers of moist newspaper and cover with a moisture retentive mulch prior to planting and then pull paper and mulch aside sufficiently to make the planting hole. Plant the plants and then water in and pull the paper and mulch back around the plant. Over the time the newspaper takes to decompose, the weeds would have most likely died. Some careful hand-weeding and spot spraying after that will ensure the garden stays weed-free.

Till next time, happy planting.

Keith.

From ‘The Triangle’ - September 2020

#news #spring
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Hi Keith do have passion fruit vine in stock or is it a little early to plant

Shane Warild

Spring is just around the corner and, with new perennials arriving this week, we have a colourful range of seasonal flowering on display in the nursery. From early-spring blooming antique perennials (Omphalodes, Pachyphragma and Pulmonaria) to cheery Osteospermum (African daisies) we have a splash of colour for all parts of the garden. Drop in for a browse if youre down Tilba Tilba way - were open 10am - 3pm, seven days a week. Keith. #news #perennials #spring

Thursday August 27th

Spring is just around the corner and, with new perennials arriving this week, we have a colourful range of seasonal flowering on display in the nursery. From early-spring blooming antique perennials (Omphalodes, Pachyphragma and Pulmonaria) to cheery Osteospermum (African daisies) we have a splash of colour for all parts of the garden. Drop in for a browse if you're down Tilba Tilba way - we're open 10am - 3pm, seven days a week. Keith. #news #perennials #spring ... See MoreSee Less

Lots of late winter gardening inspirations in the nursery and shop this weekend with fresh herbs, perennials and new pots just arrived. Drop in for a look if youre down Tilba Tilba way - were open 10am to 3pm, Sat + Sun. Keith #news #winter

Friday August 21st

Lots of late winter gardening inspirations in the nursery and shop this weekend with fresh herbs, perennials and new pots just arrived. Drop in for a look if you're down Tilba Tilba way - we're open 10am to 3pm, Sat + Sun. Keith #news #winter ... See MoreSee Less

New pots arrived this week and are now in the nursery and shop. There are some great new designs and finishes in this batch - drop in for a look if youre down Tilba Tilba way this weekend. Were open 10am to 3pm Sat + Sun. Keith. #news #intheshop

Friday August 7th

New pots arrived this week and are now in the nursery and shop. There are some great new designs and finishes in this batch - drop in for a look if you're down Tilba Tilba way this weekend. We're open 10am to 3pm Sat + Sun. Keith. #news #intheshop ... See MoreSee Less

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They look amazing

Keith did you get any succulents pot - Cheers Pat - Narooma