April Blooms

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Sweet peas

Sweet peas are delightful and very popular plants that combine delicate and very pretty flowers with a beautiful fragrance. St Patrick’s Day (March 17th) has been the traditional day to sow sweet peas, however it’s often best to wait for cooler conditions in April to sow them. In warmer areas, sow sweet peas later still in May.

There are gorgeous sweet pea varieties to suit most climates and gardens, whether you want to cover a fence, have room in a garden bed for a sweet pea tepee or fill a container or hanging basket on a sunny veranda or balcony.

Here are a few of the most popular larger sweet pea varieties:

And a smaller variety that are perfect for pots:

Follow these easy steps to create a beautiful sweet pea display:
Step 1: Sow seed around 25 mm deep into a garden bed or pot, firm down and water in well. If your soil is acidic (has a low pH) also apply some Yates® Hydrangea Pinking Liquid Lime & Dolomite. This will help to raise the soil pH (make it more alkaline), which sweet peas prefer.
Step 2: Only water again sparingly until seedlings emerge in around 2 weeks time. Too moist soil can lead to the seeds rotting.
Step 3: Once the seedlings are around 5 cm tall, start feeding each week with Yates Thrive® Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. This fast acting complete fertiliser provides nitrogen for healthy leaf growth, phosphorus for strong root development and potassium for lots of lovely sweet pea flowers.
Step 4: Tall varieties will need to be grown on a frame, trellis or tepee. Young seedlings may need to be supported with small twigs or bamboo skewers until they can reach their trellis.
Step 5: Sweet peas take around 12-14 weeks to flower. Don’t forget to cut handfuls of deliciously scented flowers for a vase.
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Time to sow Flanders Poppies
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November 11th will commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day, which is the date when the First World War ended in 1918. It is a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by Australians and New Zealanders in wars and conflicts.

Often recognised as the emblem of Remembrance and Anzac Days, Flanders Poppies have a beautiful rich red flower with a dark centre. You can create your own Flanders Poppy display at home, by sowing Yates® Flanders Red Poppy seed during autumn. The poppies will flower around 20 weeks after sowing.

Here are some tips to help create a patch of gorgeous poppies:

Potted poppies: Yates Flanders Red Poppy can also be sown into pots filled with a quality potting mix such as Yates Premium Potting Mix.


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