Nelson Leader : March 21st 2013
28 THE NELSON LEADER, MARCH 21, 2013 GARDENING To enquire about adoptions please phone 547-7171 7171 This is Chino, a Staffy who is 2 ½ years old. She is looking for an experienced owner who nderstands the Staffy breed. Chino enjoys people ompany and can jump good size fences given the chance. She has shown a keen interest in cats. This is Elise; she is a shy girl who has recently been a great mum. Elise is really sweet and is starting to really enjoy people company and affection. In a nice quiet home she will make someone a true friend. www.nelsonspca.org.nz h 547 7 u cco ti l l oody is a Boxer x boy who is around 4 ½ months d. He is a quick learner and wants to please. He nows some basic commands and has picked up w things really quickly. He is a sweet boy who will ake a good pet with the right ongoing training. quire about ado d Wo old kn new ma This is Katie, a lovely Huntaway x. She is around 1-2 years old. Katie is a really gentle girl who just wants affection. She knows some basic commands and learns quickly. She loves going for walks and really likes water. She will make an awesome family pet. Adopt Me ... CALL NOW 547 7171 OPENING HOURS MON - FRI 9.30am - 5pm SAT & SUN 10.00am - 1pm s This is Cleo, a six month old female. She is in desperate need of a new forever home. She has a sweet gentle ersonality and loves to cuddle. She will make someone a really neat companion. This a Whippet x puppy who are looking for a good home. He is currently around 11 weeks old. He will need good ongoing training and socialising to help him grow into well mannered, good natured adult. pm This is Jimmy and Whiskey, two year old brothers who are looking for a home to call their own. hey're both loving lads and really want somewhere ermanent as they've been a bit unsettled as of late. They are very friendly and are used to children. Tpe This is Caesar, a 5 month old huntaway x boy. He has the most easy-going gorgeous nature around. He will make an awesome family dog and pet. He loves water and wants to be someone's very best friend. This is Ruby, a big girl who is around 18 months old. She is full of fun and energy. She would benefit from some more basic training which we will be working on over her stay with us. She is a strong but kind girl who wants to please. This is Cassy a smokey grey torti. She is around 18 months old. She is a quieter, more reserved girl but is affectionate once she gets to know you. She is good with other cats but not so keen on kids and dogs. She just wants to be loved. 379 WAIMEA ROAD - NELSON SPCA Nelson We are still offering some of our adult cats and older kittens at half price. If you are looking for a new feline companion please come and check out our cute and cuddly cats and kittens. Be quick, this is the last week for this offer! to everyone who braved the weather to attend the Dogs Day Out. Your support was really appreciated. Thank You Proudly sponsored by 37 Manuka St, Nelson. Ph 548 0838 Proudly sponsored by Simon & Debra Barrett 027 282 6296 Proudly sponsored by 37 Manuka St, Nelson. Ph 548 0838 Proudly sponsored by Proudly sponsored by 37 Manuka St, Nelson. Ph 548 0838 69 Gladstone Rd Richmond Ph 544 5142 www.versatilehomes.co.nz Proudly sponsored by 103 Haven Road. NelsonPh 539 0053 www.quaycars.co.nz Proudly sponsored by Phone 546-2811 Proudly sponsored by Phone 546-2811 Proudly sponsored by Phone 546-2811 Proudly sponsored by Phone 546-2811 Bright blooms thrive in summer sun Herbaceous perennials: These rudbeckias have laughed at this summer's drought. Photo: STEPHEN McCARTHY By STEPHEN McCARTHY After this hot, hot summer you would think all the unwatered parts of our garden would have given up com- pletely but, among the weeds and spent irises, there are brilliant yellow flowers of rudbeckia. I don't think they are as tall as they were last year but they are numerous. Rudbeckias come from North America and many species are cultivated in gardens for their showy yellow or gold flower heads. They are mostly herbaceous perennials and grow very tall. The flowers are daisy-like with bright yellow florets grouped around a prominent cone-shaped head, giv- ing rise to one of their common names, coneflower. The name rud- beckia was given them by the great taxonomist Carolus Lin- naeus in honour of his teacher at Uppsala University, Professor Olof Rudbeck. Rudbeckia fulgida is a popular garden species and is a Missouri native where it occurs naturally in both dry and moist soils in open woods, glades and thickets where it forms large colonies. It blooms over a long midsummer to aut- umn period and its stems can grow to 3m. I think our plants are a cultivar of this species. Tall rudbeckias are easy to care for. They form a clump of mid green, lance-shaped leaves from which emerge stems that carry the flowers. They multiply by long rhizomes as well as from seed. They can be used in a wide range of situations. They are attractive when planted as a colourful border in the partial shade of tall trees. When in a mixed bed, they are best positioned towards the side or centre of the bed, with lower-growing perennials and annuals in front of them. Growing them en masse'' provides lots of heads that last as cut flowers. Rudbeckia hirta has many cul- tivars sold in New Zealand. Known as gloriosa daisies, they are short-lived perennials, some- times treated as annuals. Often these will survive a few winters, or at least self-seed. This mid- sized strain produces large semi- double and double golden-yellow daisies with a black eye. Removing faded blossoms regu- larly will greatly increase the flowering time. Seed heads have good winter interest and can be used in dried arrangements. Seeds for cultivars rudbeckia Cherry Baby and Prairie Sun are available from Kings Seeds. They produce robust plants tolerating heat, drought and poor soils. This is a plant about 80 cm tall. Plant the seeds by pressing them in the surface of seed raising mix and transplant outside after all frosts are over. In areas which suit them rudbeckias will natural- ise -- we have them around a pond where they have been thriving with little or no attention for the past 15 years. These rudbeckias enjoy a sunny, open position, but they will still perform when planted in partial shade. The plants should be spaced about 15 cm apart. Mulch around the plants with a 2 cm deep layer of leaf litter, taking care not to place the mulch too close to the main stem. Water in well and con- tinue watering every few days if conditions are hot and dry, then after 2-3 weeks spread fertiliser around the base. Like many fast- growing plants, rudbeckias need plenty of fertiliser to keep their growth vigorous. Cutting back faded flower heads helps to produce more flowers later in the season. Cut stems close to the base of the plant. The foliage and flowers of rud- beckias can be damaged by snails and slugs, especially after rainfall. Place sawdust barriers around the plants or use snail baits if there is no danger for domestic pets or small children.
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