Colours of Spring Aren’t the colours lovely in the garden at this time of year? Over the years Morna has planted a huge variety of flowers, shrubs and trees, so there is always something in flower. But spring time is special! With the rain we’ve had lately, the gardens here at Pembrooke Plants & Poultry have just exploded into colour. The May bushes (below left) give a wonderful spray of white blossom and always herald the full arrival of spring. They require practically no maintenance except for the odd prune after flowering, and grow easily in our heavy coastal soils. Ours haven’t been watered or fed in 10 years, yet they give a real cottage-garden feel to the place. Wisteria (above right) is another great doer at this time of year and can be grown practically anywhere. Purples and whites are the main colours and they look great entwined over an old clothesline or archway. But do make sure the frame is strong. We planted ours on our wooden verandah (pictured) about 12 years ago, and unless we prune it hard soon, it will eventually pull the verandah down. Our Lorapetalum ‘China Pink’ (below left) have been a great success this spring. Masses of rich pink flowers against redish leaves make it a real standout. They like part shade, although it will grow in full sun. Morna planted ours about three years ago, and its come into its own this year. Lorapetalum Chinense has white flowers against green leaves and also looks great. Many trees and shrubs look their best in spring. One of my favorites is the crab-apple that we have growing near the back of the house. The little white and pink flowers are so delicate and… well, springlike. Crab apples are fairly fast growing small tree (they only get to about three meters). They let in the sun during winter and offer a nice shady spot in summer – an ideal combination for most Australian gardens. Manchurian Pears (above right) are also a great tree for colour - masses of white blossom in spring, cool green shade in summer and wonderful burnt red colour in autumn. They will also tolerate the heaviest soils. If you live on the mid-north coast, or traveling up the Pacific Highway, why not come and visit our nursery (open Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm) and have a wander around the garden. We’ve got lots of rare and unusual plants that you won’t find in most other nurseries, and many of which you can also see planted in the ground. You can also visit our website at www.pembrookeplantsandpoultry.com.au for details of how to get there. We’d love to see you! Peter PS Please circulate this newsletter and website to any friends who may be interested.