Warming Up This Winter

Warming Up This Winter

As the days get shorter and nights get cooler, it seems a shame to lessen your outdoor time. We’ve been inspired and completely besotted by outdoor fireplaces! There’s heaps of elements that they can bring to a garden – a beautiful feature, a sense of space, the movement of flickering flames, and of course warmth. They’re perfect for sitting around with friends and family, giving off a comforting ambience and encouraging a sense of togetherness. Pop open a bottle of red, bring out a bag of marshmallows, and you’re in for an enjoyable evening! There’s heaps of options available at your local garden centre, and plenty of inspiration online or in magazines for you to build your own. This slideshow requires JavaScript. They’re also low cost and energy to run, which reduces your eco-footprint. When you’re cutting up your firewood, you need good quality tools. We believe that the Axes from Fiskars tick every box when it comes to comfort, performance, durability and safety. Fiskars have been creating axes for more than 300 years. They feature double hardened steep blades with exceptional sharpness, and are perfectly balanced to provide you with the most top swing speed and precision, multiplying the power at impact. That means you can easily and quickly chop up your firewood and get back to cosying up by your fireplace with a bread and cheese platter (and glass of wine of course!)  ...
A Rainbow Of Recharge

A Rainbow Of Recharge

Searles have really given us the ultimate fertiliser with their amazing new product, Recharge. It begins by delivering water and nutrients straight to the root zone with Penetraide, and getting rid of any water repellency. Old soils often become quite hydrophobic and the water will bead and run off the surface. The Penetraide will ensure that the roots soak and receive the water and goodness that they need. You can see the different fertilisers! Recharge looks absolutely incredible when you open the box. It’s a real rainbow of nutrients! Once thrown on the garden, the scientific blend of fertiliser (both rapid and slow release) get to work, each releasing at different overlapping times so that the plants get an entire feed over 12 months. It means that once you’ve put it on your garden, you can be assured that it’ll do a year’s worth of feeding for minimal effort. It’s available in 1.25kg packs, in both Pots & Gardens and Flower & Fruit, depending on where you need it. Note that the Flower & Fruit blend is suitable for natives too, which is a great bonus! The result is lush foliage and fabulous flowers, plus faster and stronger...
Fantastic 5in1

Fantastic 5in1

If you’re like us and love your garden, you want to give it the best. Our favourite organic pellet fertiliser for general use is 5in1 from Searles. Here at Austraflora, surrounding our greenhouses are beautiful display beds with plenty of established plants growing. These are very important for breeder and development trials, propagation cutting collection, photography for our labels and website, and staff/customer outdoor enjoyment. Lots of our plants are Austraflora natives, but we also have other plants for our propagation nursery. An organic pellet fertiliser is ideal for us as it’s quick and easy to use, lasts a long time, and is safe for the environment. 5in1 comes in generous bag sizes of 2.5kg, 5kg & 15kg. You just grab handfuls and throw it on, taking care not to leave it on the foliage. Always wear gloves to protect your hands. A quick watering in will enable the pellets to begin breaking down, and wash off any leaves. It contains everything the plants need to grow and thrive – a full range of major nutrients, trace elements and minerals. It’s an advanced premium blend with over 10 major ingredients, and completely organic. It also has the bonus of adding long life humus to build up to the soil; This will encourage healthy microbial and earthworm activity. We were able to use it on lots of our shrubs and trees, as well as our lawn areas. We did have to take care avoiding our native plants with this particular fertiliser, as the P levels didn’t suit. We’ll have to use a native feriliser such as Searles Native Organic Kicklalong. You can...
Thank You 2018

Thank You 2018

In the blink of an eye 2018 was over! Thank you to everybody who shaped our year. We continued to have our wonderful online community active and growing, with the added excitement of the Austraflora Photography Club establishing as a group running alongside our page. Each month we received approximately 1,000 photos posted on our page and delighting our followers. We often had members commenting on how friendly, welcoming and relaxed the group has been, as well as how beautiful and impressive the photos are. The club now has over 3,500 members, so together with our Facebook page we’re reaching out to over 41,500 people. We hope that in 2019 it’ll continue to be a hive of activity. It’s been an absolute pleasure to run. Our annual Photography Competition launched for the seventh time, and we received 1,400 photos of Australian flora, nature and landscapes. Photographers of all skill levels entered; it was a great mix of professional and amateur. There was a terrific range of prizes this year, including flights, accommodation and tickets to the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show for the first place winner, Beth Baker. We look forward to seeing her at MIFGS 2019, and it was great meeting up with our 2018 winner David Ashley this year. The 12 winning photos were featured in our 2019 Austraflora Calendar, with proceeds going towards MS Australia. Well done to our shortlisters, finalists, and winners! Again, the quality of photography was absolutely outstanding. The Austraflora website continued to be a popular source of information for growers, retailers, landscapers and home gardeners. Our articles page “Dishing The Dirt” reached over 160...
A Snippet Of Fiskars History

A Snippet Of Fiskars History

I received my first pair of Fiskars secateurs 13 years ago for my eighteenth birthday, and they have been an integral part of my gardening experience. They’ve moved 3 houses with me, and snipped a variety of plants throughout the years. If you’re like me and get really sentimental about your garden tools, you’ll understand that quality and history matters. Fiskars offers an extended 25 year warranty on it’s premium ranges. That’s comforting to know! Their products have been crafted using advanced technical manufacturing and materials. They have been tested and perform excellently for the activities and environments they were created for. You can purchase them in confidence knowing that they’ll last. The history of Fiskars is an interesting and lengthy story. Fiskars is Finland’s oldest company, and in 2019 will be celebrating it’s 370th birthday. Created in 1649, it is recognised today as one of the oldest businesses in the western world, and began when some ironworks were established in Finland. “Fiskars” is in fact a village, located 1 hours west Helsinki. Now, Fiskars’ global headquarters are located in the Arabianranta district of Helsinki. Their iconic orange-handled scissors (designed by Olof Bäckström) are having their 50th birthday celebrated with a special exhibition at the Helsinki Design Museum. Over a billion pairs have been sold worldwide, so they’ve definitely been a part of many homes and families over the years. Owning a Fiskars gardening tool really makes you feel part of something special. You can see the level of engineering that has gone into each product and feel the quality and strength. And, it’s reassuring to know that if a random error has occurred...