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Sun newspapers Wed 1 Apr 2015



Sun newspapers Wed 1 Apr 2015


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin Region

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 1 2015 GARDENING 07 V1 - SUBE01Z01MA Within one day these white blooms will turn a bright pink. Its got mass appeal A ROSE by any other name? No, it is the rose of Sharon, or hibiscus mutabilis, a popular shrub once seen in many Darwin gardens. They are also known as the Confederate Rose or Cotton Mallow, and are only usually seen in nurseries these days. They are an interesting plant to have just to see the amazing colour transformation of the huge flower heads. In the course of one day, the pure white flower slowly changes to dark pink. The shrivelled blooms then remain on the shrub for a day or two before dropping off. Rose of Sharon is a hardy shrub that suffers from few pest problems. It is prone to dieback, but this is easily managed by simply cutting off the dead branches and regular pruning. Like all hibiscus, they are lanky growers and will benefit from a hard pruning. The flowers are 10-15cm in diameter and require full sun to thrive. The blooms on any hibiscus growing in heavy shade will suffer and the shrub will grow straggly in an attempt to reach the sunlight. Well-drained soil is essential as the plant does not like to become too soggy. They are great to grow as hedges for screening and look impressive when mass-planted. Propagation is easy by placing stem cuttings in a light mix that should be kept moist, but not wet. I have several of these growing in full sun in garden beds, along walkways and borders and, at this time of year, the large flower heads rise above other blooms. Given the flowers last so briefly, the benefit of massed planting allows a continuous period of flowering. They clump at the base and require plenty of room to grow, reaching a spread of approximately 3m. Hibiscus in general are a very versatile shrub as they have so many uses and can be manipulated to any height, shape, space or design (except in the shade). *Price complete with PENTAX standard single vision lenses with scratch resistant coating. Multifocals and bifocals also available at an extra cost. Second pair must be from the same price range of frames and lens range or below. Must be the same prescription. Price for other lens types may differ. Extra options not included. Price correct at time of print. Frames available while stocks last. ^Subject to your policys waiting periods, annual limits, fund rules and having the appropriate level of extras cover when selected from the $199 range. This advertisement is issued by Specsavers. For all related queries, please contact Specsavers. 2015 Specsavers Optical Group. 2 pairs designer glasses for $199* And as always 2 pairs No Gap^ if youre with one of these health funds: Oasis Shopping Village: 8932 6188, Hibiscus Shoppingtown: 8927 5139. Visit specsavers.com.au to fi nd out more. PALMERSTON PROUDLY PRESENTED BY CITY OF PALMERSTON RACE DAY APRIL 12 WIN WIN WIN Register for the Palmerston Sun Fun Run and take a selfe with this ad hashtag #palmyfunrun15 on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for your chance to win cool prizes, presented after the race. RUN OR WALK 2.5KM | 5KM Start and fnish Palmerston Water Park TO REGISTER VISIT: WWW.NTATHLETICS.ORG.AU ADULT: .............................................................................. $15 12-18 Years Old:......................................................$10 UNDER 12S: ...............................................................$5 Each ADULT entry will recieve a FREE child entry. Visit our website for more DETAILS. FAMILY FUN ENTERTAINMENT LIFE. BE IN IT | LIFE GAMES | PALMERSTON WATER PARK | WATER PLAY & WATERSLIDES FREE BREAKFAST Concluding the Race