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Peter Douglas
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Should I prune or replace my Osteospermum?
Hi Peter, This is one of the prettiest plants you have grown and it has pride of place in my garden and you can see why. When you first presented it in your newsletter before stock hit the nurseries I knew I had to have one. It's been in place just over twe...

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Great garden colour for Winter & Early Spring.
This week's Highlights Osteospermum Zion Red.  The colour of this Osteo is so rich, there are very few flowers to match. I too the pic late on a cold Friday afternoon so the flowers are starting to close for the night.  Zion red is a larger, more rambunctio...

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Please help support a great cause
I haven't previously misused this blog, but I will break that rule for a very special cause.  In the dim and distant past I used to play drums in a band, the Watchmen... that's the top of my head in the picture.  In my life outside of being a nurseryman I h...

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Scotsburn's Environmental Disciplines
Argyranthemum Molimba Red I was asked about our "Organic Principals" this week.  "Organic" has so many complicated subtleties that I chose to avoid the term and write out for further discussion and clarification a series of "Environmental Disciplines".  I'm...

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Why are my Eggplant fruit yellow?
Picture says a thousand words... Sadly. Dear Peter, Last spring I planted a punnet of eggplant, Bonica Hybrid, fully expecting to grow nice purple fruit which was to be used for Melanzana, dips etc.  but to my surprise the attached photo shows what I actual...

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How do I prevent my Passionfruit from suckering?
Dear Peter, We purchased a passiflora edulis produced at your nursery. It has an abundance of fruit but they remain green. Will it turn black or are they ripe now? Please see picture attached. Kind Regards Rob These Passionfruit just don't look ripe yet and...

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What is eating my Bouvardia?
I wonder if you would help me with a problem affecting my bouvardia? It is planted in a south-facing bed in company with camellias and other plants that are doing well, and benefits from some morning and afternoon sunshine, although not for long periods.  T...

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The source of the most flavoursome Tomatoes.
Tomato Bundaberg Rumball. I took a call through the Spring from an interesting reader; retired history teacher and avid Tomato grower. Right up my alley. The caller recommended I look up  dwarftomatoproject.net   I did and I personally think the Dwarf Tomat...

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You call that a nest?
We have been sharing one of our main growing areas with an increasingly agitated pair of  Masked Lapwings, AKA Spur Winged Plovers .  They appear to have laid 4 eggs, these 2 as decoys. Here are the siblings, recently up and about. Fortunately we were able ...

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With thanks Team.
 Petunia Prism Sunshine Petunia Dreams White Carnation Super Trooper Silver Pink My thanks and admiration to the production and growing team at Scotsburn. We might not have much on hand at present but what we have is just fantastic.
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