ARS Tasmania Newsletter – March 2014

  • Date: 10th February 2016

IN MY GARDEN by Lesley Gillanders

The heatwave we have all been through this past summer was indeed hard to experience not only for some of us but also for the garden. Several plants like the Asiatic Gentiana sino ornata needed a shade cover to help them survive. Likewise, Roscoea in several species were protected by a light covering of shadecloth. As an automatic watering system has not yet been installed, Ken watered every second day and we lost only a small number of plants. Sadly, five of the losses were dwarf rhododendron in the Cox series. We had imported these
from Scotland years ago and they grew well at Longley in the rock garden where it was cool. The hot days here heated the soil and as root growth was not established long enough, they succumbed to heat. We had this same trouble 40 years ago at The Basin in Victoria.

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