The Garden Diaries: Victoria in May

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The Garden Diaries: Victoria in May

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It’s May in Victoria and winter is fast approaching. The days are getting shorter and the weather’s getting a bit fresher, but there is plenty of good reasons to get out into the garden in May.

Hero plant this month: Cyclamens

While it’s getting colder and darker outside, why not bring the outdoors inside? Research shows that plants inside make us feel good and also improves the air quality inside. One of the great indoor plants with loads of colour are cyclamens. They’ll add beauty to your home and are delightful to look at. They are and quite hardy, however don’t overwater and keep them away from direct heat.

A good tip is to take them outside to give them some cool air every now and then. Once the leaves start to turn yellow, stop watering the plant and allow the leaves to die back. It’s also a good idea to allow the soil to dry out completely, and don't water the plant during it's dormancy.


What else to plant

The tropical looking phalaenopsis orchids come in a range of colours, are very long lasting and add a real sense of luxury to your home. These plants need to be positioned in a warm spot out of direct sunlight to ensure the flowers last for months. What’s brilliant about these orchids is there are so many different colour variations to choose from. 

The Spathiphyllum or peace lily, is another great indoor plant. It has lovely, lush, green foliage, beautiful white flowers and they’re very easy to look after, just remember to pop them into dark corners of your house.

You could even think about plants such as anthurium lily, which has beautiful exotic flowers. It’s from the family Araceae that is native to Colombia and Ecuador and it is one of the plants listed for being effective in removing formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and ammonia from the air. They need some light but direct sunlight could burn the leaves. 

Get in some edible plants in the garden too. Broadbean, broccoli and brussel sprouts are wonderful. Try frying them up with a bit of bacon and throw in some walnuts and you’ve got a delicious meal.

Pink peace lillies


Some plants and trees will be slowing down for winter as the days are getting cooler. So it’s a good opportunity to get out and give them a prune.

While the soil is soft, it makes hand weeding easier. Otherwise a good all purpose organic weed killer will help you get on top of the weeds if they’re a little overwhelming. By the way, keep an eye out for caterpillars and cabbage moth and deal with them as soon as you see them because they can make a real mess of your garden in a short space of time.

A person pruning their garden


The cool Victorian climate means some of the things you plant won’t last the entire winter. Plants such as basil is quite tender, so you’ll need to dry this for future use. But things you can eat now are oregano, sage, silver beet and spring onions.

Autumn can be a great time in the garden so get out and enjoy it this weekend.

A mix of vegetables

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