August - the unpredictable gardening month!

Saturday, 07 August 2021 12:10

Image by Pezibear from PixabayImage by Pezibear from PixabayAugust is known as the “windy month” in South Africa, and throughout the country August is also said to be the most unpredictable. Read more below on how to get to most out of your garden in August.

Chives in bloom. Image by Hans Linde from PixabayChives in bloom. Image by Hans Linde from PixabayGardeners know how easy chives are to grow in pots or garden beds and love to use them as border plants for their tasty, fresh green leaves, and delightful profusion of violet flowers in summer. This herbs high concentration of sulphur compounds and other essential oils are also partly responsible for its healing properties. Read more below on how to grow and use chives at home.

Fairy Houses

Monday, 26 July 2021 12:32

Miniature Fairy House "Tree Stump"Miniature Fairy House "Tree Stump"Add a little magic to baby rooms, patios and indoor spaces with these miniature, bespoke fairy houses. Each one is hand-made and totally unique - no others quite like them will ever be made again.  With mushrooms, flowers, hats, and even a hollow tree stump to choose from, you may find it hard to decide on your favourite one. Click on the pictures to read more.

Image by Etienne L. from PixabayImage by Etienne L. from PixabayPlums are truly beautiful deciduous shade trees, allowing the winter sunshine through, which is welcomed in cold winter regions, and heralding spring with a profusion of blossoms and fresh new leaves. They are also the easiest of all the deciduous stone fruit trees to grow, because plums are easy to prune, and are relatively free of pests and diseases, unlike most other fruit trees.

Apricots - Picture Courtesy PixabayApricots - Picture Courtesy PixabayThe delectable apricot is a lovely shade tree and the first fruit tree to bloom in spring and the earliest to harvest in summer. It is self-fruitful, so you don’t need a pollination partner to get fruit.  Find out about the fascinating history and health benefits of apricots, and delicious ways they are used in the kitchen. Most importantly, find everything about planting, pruning, watering, feeding, potential pests and diseases etc. Read more below.

Rumohra adiantiformis Picture courtesy Forest and Kim Starr - Click on the picture to see their flickr pageRumohra adiantiformis Picture courtesy Forest and Kim Starr - Click on the picture to see their flickr pageThe lush-looking leatherleaf fern is easy to grow in those semi shaded or moist areas of the garden, and it grows well in both coastal and cold inland gardens. It also makes a good indoor plant. Read more below on how to use it in the garden and how to grow and care for this lovely indigenous fern.

Ornithogalum thyrsoides Picture courtesy sophie see her flickr linkOrnithogalum thyrsoides Picture courtesy sophie see her flickr linkChincherinchee is not only renowned as an excellent cut flower, but is also grown worldwide as a reliable garden plant or pot plant, and in South Africa it is a ‘must-have’ for wildlife gardens.  Read more about growing these bulbs in the garden below.

Pansy F1 Frizzle Sizzle Picture courtesy Ball StraathofPansy F1 Frizzle Sizzle Picture courtesy Ball StraathofPansies and violas are easy to grow in full sun and will bloom for many months. Who can resist their cheerful little 'faces' that are sure to bring a smile to your face on even the dreariest of winter days.  Read more below on how to plant, grow, and care for pansies and violas.

Tritonia Mixed Picture courtesy HadecoTritonia Mixed Picture courtesy HadecoTritonia look brilliant wherever they are planted and go very well in rock gardens and sunny borders. They also do well in containers, and if your soil is well-drained they can be left in the ground over summer, allowing them to naturalise and spread freely.  Read all about growing them below.

Image by Kerstin Riemer from PixabayImage by Kerstin Riemer from PixabayEnglish daisies remain extremely popular garden plants, not only for their charm but also because they are so unfussy and easy to grow. Throughout winter and spring they never fail to delight with their masses of tightly quilled, single, or double flowers, which stand above the fresh, bright-green leaves. Read more about growing them below.

Primula malacoides 'White' Primula malacoides 'White' No winter and spring garden is complete without fairy primroses (Primula malacoides) with their abundance of flowers in dreamy colours. Plant them into any shady spots in the garden, or pop them into pots with other annuals for months of colour. Read more about growing and using them in the garden below. 

Namaqualand Daisy Image by NauticalVoyager from PixabayNamaqualand Daisy Image by NauticalVoyager from PixabaySouth Africa’s famous Namaqualand Daisies are not only beautiful but also water-wise, economical, and easy to grow in any sunny garden bed, bringing warm cheer to gardens from mid-winter to spring. They also provide a vital food resource for butterflies and bees at a time of year when nectar is scarce.  Read more about sowing and growing them below.

Sacred Bamboo (Nandina domestica)Sacred Bamboo (Nandina domestica)Early autumn is the best time to transplant evergreen shrubs and trees that are planted in the wrong place in your garden. Deciduous trees and shrubs are traditionally transplanted in mid-winter, when they have lost all their leaves and are totally dormant. Read more about transplanting evergreens below.

Strawberries grow well in pots. Image by congerdisign from PixabayStrawberries grow well in pots. Image by congerdisign from PixabayStrawberries remain one of the most popular garden fruits and are relatively easy to grow, and if space is limited they can be grown vertically, in strawberry gutters, or in pots or special strawberry pots, as well as hanging baskets, enabling gardeners to produce large quantities of fruit from a very small area. One healthy plant can produce 500g or more of fruit per season, and a well-managed bed can remain productive for up to three years. Read all about strawberries below.

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