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March is a wonderful month in the garden and as the days grow shorter, our thoughts turn to our winter and spring gardens. Gardening in the cooler weather is a pleasure and if you do all your tidying, planting and sowing now; your seedlings will have a chance to establish themselves before the cold weather arrives, ensuring a beautiful winter show. All you will then need to do is to water and maintain the garden; giving you ample time to snuggle up and enjoy winter.
If you’ve never heard of Mimulus before, it’s a great time to become acquainted with this gorgeous little bloom. Mimulus, translated from Latin, means “mime” which refers to the funny clown-face the fat petals of the flower make when viewed head on. Its more well-known name, Monkey Flower, is also a reference to the flower shape and with just the smallest imagination anyone can see a silly monkey face.
On Sunday 16 February 2014 local business Jamie's Garden Shop went to the Al Noor orphanage in Woodstock, Cape Town in an aid to plant health benefiting, delicious, and organic vegetable seedlings in the orphanage's newly revived garden area. A stunning patch of ten garden beds was the result of a full morning's work put in by the Jamie's Garden Shop crew and the children who live at Al-Noor.
Colour is what most people are drawn to in a garden and should be tactfully incorporated into your design for maximum impact. For glorious, instant gratification - nothing beats bedding plants; and just a few trays of seedlings will transform your garden into a kaleidoscope of brilliant colour. Colour will also enhance the visibility of your business and bold floral plantings can be changed seasonally to continually attract attention. Colour will also add value to your home if you are hoping to sell, and can be used to effectively brighten up a dull garden for special occasions like weddings or other functions. If strategically placed where they will have the most impact, pots will transform any area of your garden; and many bedding plants grow beautifully in containers. A few groupings of flowering pots and hanging baskets will instantly add a warm and welcoming touch to entrances, patios and other areas.
Because February can be a very hot month in most regions of the country, and the weather unpredictable, most gardeners don’t even think about their winter garden until it’s almost too late to sow and plant. Some gardeners may even wonder if it’s worth the effort and expense of planting a winter garden; but this need not be expensive; and to get the most out of your plants and your budget, you need to plan and prepare for winter now. If you need colour right now to take you through to autumn; visit your garden centre to select some instant colour seedling bags.