Image by Jaroslav Spanko from PixabayImage by Jaroslav Spanko from PixabayBidens is one of those summer annuals you can rely on to survive and thrive in the garden – they bloom all summer, love the heat, and are water-wise as well as disease and pest resistant.  Plant a couple this summer and you’re sure to add them to your list of favourite summer annuals for next year. Read all about growing these robust little plants below.

Berg Lily Picture courtesy HadecoBerg Lily Picture courtesy HadecoThe tall and regal Berg Lily flowers for a long time in late summer and autumn and is sought after for its fragrant, long lasting cut flowers. Read more below on how to grow and care for this plant.

Bird Nesting Season - Do Not Disturb!

Monday, 27 September 2021 09:27

Did you know that in countries like The United States of America, the United Kingdom, Europe and Russia, to name a few,  it is illegal to harm a bird’s nest, even in your own backyard? In South Africa there are laws protecting many of our endangered birds, but not all our birds. In order to protect birds and all the other wildlife living in our suburbs, I appeal to all gardeners to prune responsibly, even if it is a bit inconvenient. Read more about pruning responsibly below.

Blooming Marvellous

Friday, 24 September 2021 09:33

MayFord Seeds and the Apollo Music Trust cordially invites you to a morning of gardening and music vignettes on Saturday 9 October from 10am at 41A Erslwold Way, Saxonwold, Johannesburg. Read more about this event below.

Dahlia 'Top Mix' Picture courtesy HadecoDahlia 'Top Mix' Picture courtesy HadecoFlower fashions come and go, and although dahlias fell out of favour for a while, thankfully their bright and bold blooms are back in vogue. There are so many varieties, each one more beautiful than the last, that choosing dahlias for your garden is much more difficult than growing them. Read more below about the fascinating history of dahlias, where to grow them in the garden, and the care they need to keep them blooming all season long.

Mature Specimen - Brunfelsia pauciflora 'Eximia'Mature Specimen - Brunfelsia pauciflora 'Eximia'

Gardeners from all over the world love to grow this magnificent shrub for its abundance of headily fragrant flowers which smother the bushes in spring, with a smaller flush in late summer, or anytime during the year if it likes its location. Read more below about growing this plant in garden beds and pots.

Strawberries from Seed – A First for RSA

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 08:38

Strawberry 'Florian'. Picture courtesy Mayford SeedStrawberry 'Florian'. Picture courtesy Mayford SeedRich red in colour and silky sweet to taste, few fruits are as quintessential of a sunny summer’s day as are strawberries. If it is taste and packed in goodness you are after, we all know that nothing beats growing your own. Read more about growing and caring for this strawberry below.

Rose care for September

Monday, 30 August 2021 13:53

'Bridget' Floribunda Rose. Picture courtesy Ludwigs Roses'Bridget' Floribunda Rose. Picture courtesy Ludwigs RosesOctober is known as “Rose Month” in South Africa, and there is nothing quite as perfect as those very first summer blooms, so if you want your roses to perform well next month, read the article below - it’s time to give your roses some TLC this month.

Lily borer larvae hatch in early summer

Sunday, 29 August 2021 10:28

Lilly borer caterpillarsLilly borer caterpillarsLilly borers are a serious pest of some of our favourite garden flowers like amaryllis and clivia, and if not controlled early, the caterpillars can quickly destroy the plants right down to the bulbs. Read more below on how to control lilly borers organically in the garden.

Portulacaria afraPortulacaria afraThe spekboom is so easy to grow and is drought tolerant and also fire resistant, making it excellent for firescaping properties susceptible to wildfires. It is also a good soil binder, helping to prevent soil erosion, and is used for restoration purposes in semi-arid landscapes and thicket vegetation.

Image by Pezibear from PixabayImage by Pezibear from PixabayThere is an old Chinese proverb which is perfect for arbour week. It says: “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” Read the rest of this article below, and also find links to information on the 3 trees which were selected as trees of the year for South Africa in 2021, as well as links to find our Champion Trees.

Vachellia karroo - Picture courtesy Bernard DUPONT see his flickr pageVachellia karroo - Picture courtesy Bernard DUPONT see his flickr pageThe lovely Sweet Thorn, Soetdoring, mookana, mooka, umuNga (Vachenalia karroo) is tough as nails, and an adaptable pioneer which is able to establish itself without shade, shelter, or protection from res. It is very adaptable to soil types, and tolerates long periods of drought. Read more about growing it below.

New Fairy Houses for Sale

Sunday, 15 August 2021 16:47

Fairy House Light 'Shades of Pink'Fairy House Light 'Shades of Pink'These bespoke fairy house night lights are sure to mesmerise your guests, and will look lovely in covered patios and entertainment areas, as well as indoors. They make perfect gifts for baby showers, but grownup ‘children’ will love them too! Click on the titles to read more.

Okra Image by itlife from PixabayOkra Image by itlife from PixabayIf you have decided to start growing more edibles, for whatever reason, but want super-quick results, I have rounded up some of the fastest growing intermediate season vegetables for spring and early summer, which will produce impressive results in no time. Read all about growing them below.

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