Diacks of Invercargill
Wednesday 9th April 2008
9th April 2008
WHATS BEEN HAPPENING?:
Daylight saving has gone back and we can look forward to some cooler temperatures. The gardens are showing the change already with Autumn colours appearing more each day. Growth hardens up as we prepare for frosts. Potash is a good fertilizer to apply now as it encourages stronger foilage as apposed to nitrogen that makes soft growth. Polyanthus are starting to show colour, they love the cooler tempertatures and will flower all winter. Indoorcolour, the cyclamen are the best. Spring bulbs are selling well this is the best month to plant those, so make sure you come in and get the best selection. Peastraw is in big demand, time to get some on the garden, if you require some delivered we can drop some off on fridays. Our rose catalogue is available now its time to order the new seasons roses, same for the fruit trees. Next month is a busy time in the nursery. We have new stocks of rhodos and camellias arriving. We've got a few half priced rhodos at Lorneville, last seasons plants. Best trees at the moment are the malus varieties covered in beautiful crab apples, they really attract the birds. Best autumn colour is the witchazel, beautiful yellow, red and orange. Our March winner has been draw for a weekend in queenstown.
WHAT SHOULD YOU BE DOING?:
Last of the lawn mowing we hope, don't mow too low as it encourages moss to creep in. Last of the weed spraying we hope. Mulching and composting vege gardens, get the compost bin emptyed. Tomato plants need to come out now and replace with some winter veges. Pumpkins need to be picked and store in a dry place.
THIS WEEKS SPECIAL:
Rhodos half price with this weeks news letter only.
THIS WEEKS PRODUCT:
Canna pk 13-14.
A brilliant and simple concept.
The permanent way to maintain neat edges for lawns, drives, paths, flower and vegetable beds.
SUPER SAVE PET DEPO
Jebo fish tank, units complete with filteration and lighting.
1200mm long only $499.98
1000mm long only $399.98
750mm long only $299.98
600mm long only $249.98.
Cat flap doors from only $17.98
PLANT OF THE WEEK COMPETITION:
Take a look at the plant attached below and if you recognise it e-mail us with your answer. If you are the first to guess correctly you will win!
Last weeks answer: Hyacinth gypsy queen
Last weeks winner:
RECIPE OF THE WEEK:
Minty Grapefruit Sorbet
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
1 cup fresh pink grapefruit juice
Fresh mint sprigs for garnish
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, water, and mint leaves. Stir until mixture comes to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand approximately 10 minutes.
Place a fine strainer over a large bowl and pour syrup mixture through (straining out the mint leaves). Add grapefruit juice to the strained syrup mixture; stir until thoroughly blended.
Ice Cream Maker - Transfer mixture to ice cream maker, process according to manufacturer's instructions.
Freezer Method - Pour into container, cover, and place mixture in the freezer. When it is semi-solid, mash it up with a fork and refreeze again. When frozen, place in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Cover and refreeze until serving time.
NOTE: Can be prepared 3 days in advance. Cover and keep frozen.
When ready to serve, use a small melon baller. I like to use 3 scoops per person in a decorative stem glass. Add mint sprig for garnish and serve
JOKE OF THE WEEK:
Q: What did the beaver say to the tree??
A: It sure is good to gnaw you!!
HAVE A GOOD W