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During the colder months of the year the natural enemies of most pests are less active, making it the ideal time for populations like scale, Australian bugs and mealy bugs to breed. Garden insects thrive in protected, shielded areas of the garden and also love hiding in secluded spots on the plants, so are not always easily detected unless you really look for them. Therefore, infestations are often really high before gardeners even notice them; making them even more difficult to control. Winter or early spring spraying with white oil plays a key role in controlling insects organically - so be on the lookout constantly and spray immediately. This oil can also be used in summer if applied as outlined below.
The beautiful common myrtle belongs to the very large Myrtaceae family of plants which consists mainly of trees and shrubs; including Eucalyptus; a wide range of tropical fruits like guavas; and spices like cloves and allspice. Although a large portion of the myrtle family is indigenous to Australia, we also have our very own beautiful wild myrtles (Eugenia) and water berry trees, Umdoni (Syzygium.) Common myrtle is native across the dry, warm areas of western Asia and southern Europe. The name means love and devotion; and it is also known as the bride's flower because ancient legend dedicates it to Venus, the goddess of love. Both the seeds and flowers are edible and are used to flavour pork and game dishes. The buds are picked and the seeds dried and ground with pepper to make a delicious condiment. The stems make perfect braai skewers and will add flavour to lamb or pork.
Arum Lily, Calla Lily, Pig lily, Kleinvarkoor, Witvarkoor, mohalalitoe, magapule, intebe, ihlukwe, ilabatheka-elimhlophe, ilabatheka-omhlophe - Zantedeschia
Arum lilies are wonderful clump-forming perennials which are grown worldwide for their lush foliage and ornate blooms. Today a new generation of Zantedeschia hybrids have been bred from our original indigenous species; not only for their spectacular fashionable colours in all shades of pink, yellow, white, cream, apricot, peach, orange, purple (almost black) and red; but also for their sheer flower power. These popular varieties are grown in the garden for show and the production of magnificent cut flowers for the vase; they can also be planted into pots. The white or common arum (Zantedeschia aethiopica) can be planted in ordinary garden beds, but is ideal as a marginal plant alongside streams, or on the edge of a pond; and can even be planted into a pot and submerged into water, as it does not need drainage. It also makes a useful foliage plant in shade under trees but in deep shade will not flower very well. The berries which follow the blooms are relished by birds.
‘For The Love Of Nature’
A Garden Design Show Featuring the 2014 Award Winning
Kirstenbosch–SA Chelsea Exhibit From London
Friday 24 July – Sunday 31 August 2014
The 2014 Kirstenbosch-SA Chelsea Flower Show Exhibit Celebrates Sustainability
This year the exhibit was awarded a Silver Gilt Medal notching up yet another medal in the 39 years of exhibiting at the Chelsea Flower Show in London. The innovative exhibit,
‘In Harmony with Nature’, attracted much interest from the Media, Celebrities and the Royal Family. Exhibiting at this ‘Olympics’ of Flower Shows is one of the major tourism opportunities to promote South Africa and its rich natural biodiversity and its cultural heritage and, with more than 150 000 visitors to this show, the South African stand is always a major attraction. The wealth of design inspiration paired with our rich natural biodiversity shows how architectural creativity has ‘borrowed’ from nature and is coupled with our cultural diversity.