Greenbourne Nursery on Ornamental Plant, Herb and Fruit Tree recommendations

✦ The noise on the nursery. Another Garden chat with Chook, from Greenbourne Nursery.

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Hello everyone and what a fantastic few weeks it has been. There has been a real buzz on the nursery with lots of people in attendance. The weather has obviously been the catalyst for the positivity as our yards are happily welcoming us all back in with nice dry lawns under foot.

The mornings have been cool and crisp due to the lovely clear skies then by about 10:00am the gentle warmth of the sun has empowered the air to reach delightfully comfortable temperatures.

Here on the nursery the good weather has allowed us to get back into our routine. One of our favourite regular activities is to invite our beloved local garden clubs on to the nursery for a morning of fun, information and giveaways. All the members from all the clubs are always so friendly and appreciative of the time we are able to spend with them.

The best way to describe these clubs would be as ‘friendship groups’. It is great watching these people walk around our nursery with smiles as they engage with each other. Some are catching up for their weekly get together whereas some haven’t seen each other for weeks.

One common thing that you notice however is how they all have a similar bond of friendship and unity toward each other. A friendship bond that may be on the surface based around a similar interest in horticulture, however when you talk to them and listen to their stories you understand that these people are all linked by similar interest in being kind and friendly.

There is nothing better for a nursery (or any business really) to have friendly people walking around laughing and engaging with each other. It creates a fun and friendly atmosphere that encourages others to attend our little jewel on the highway. To all of the garden clubs that attended our nursery over the last few weeks, I again thank you for all the joy and positivity you brought to our nursery - you are all welcome here any time!

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Ornamental Plant Recommendation

Ajuga (Ajuga repens, Ajuga australis)

Ajuga (Ajuga repens, Ajuga australis), Greenbourne Nursery as featured in Brilliant-Online

Here are a variety of plants which, in my opinion, are totally underused and undervalued. Ajuga will bring a great colour contrast with the rich purple and burgundy colours they produce. It is a plant that thrives in those semi shaded spots that can sometimes be problematic when finding the right selection to suit the area.

Most are low growing ground covers so they will move and spread but not dominate an area. Once established they are very hardy and you only really need to keep the soil a little moist in the summer period. Through the spring months you will also be rewarded with small purple flower spikes they will create extra interest.

The plant is great when used as a border, and the really low growing varieties such as Ajuga australis do really well between pavers as they are tough and don’t mind being trodden on from time to time. They are best planted in full sun to part shade. I have found that when they are planted in the milder periods of the year like early spring and through the autumn the plants really take well to the soil and establish themselves extraordinarily well.

I was given them originally by a lovely folk who had heard me complain about an area that I was struggling with. It was in between pavers in one of those inconsistent semi shaded areas. Let me tell you it is now thriving, it is spreading well and also allowing me to break off pieces and plant in other similar areas. When you are at a nursery it is sometimes one of those items you won’t stop and look at unless you have had or heard of a good experience with it, so please now stop and look at the Ajuga and certainly consider it.

Culinary Herb Recommendation

Mushroom plant (Rungia klossii)

Mushroom plant (Rungia klossii), Greenbourne Nursery as featured in Brilliant-Online

While growing mushrooms from the kits is certainly fun and quite an experience, it can be somewhat problematic when finding the ideal location, getting the boxes to repeat crop and getting the moisture levels in the growing media just right. Sometimes it’s just easier to pop down to the shop and buy a bag full. However, if you love that mushroom flavour and would like a little bit of a ‘mushroom cheats version’, then you should discover the mushroom plant.