All you need to know about Orange Jasmine

Thursday, 20 February 2020 13:26
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Murraya exoticaMurraya exoticaOrange Jasmine (Murraya paniculata 'Exotica') is a handsome evergreen which has been widely planted in warmer parts of the world, and in South Africa. It is a close relative of the citrus family and a really handsome medium-sized to large evergreen shrub with gorgeous glossy, deep green leaves that emit a citrusy aroma when crushed. Even its clusters of sweetly scented pure white flowers smell like orange blossoms, hence the common name "Orange Jasmine."

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Image by Selling of my photos with StockAgencies is not permitted from PixabayImage by Selling of my photos with StockAgencies is not permitted from PixabaySweet Basil remains one of the most popular kitchen herbs, and in summer when the intoxicating scent of fresh basil fills produce markets, enjoy its brief season fully. The sweet-and-spicy flavour of basil is welcome in so many cuisines and will add a whole new dimension to your dishes!

Figs are best eaten fresh under the tree

Saturday, 15 February 2020 16:43
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Image by jhfl from PixabayImage by jhfl from PixabayWorldwide, the common fig remains one of the most popular fruits, prized for its soft sweet flesh which goes in so many delectable dishes, and everybody loves them – fresh, dried, stewed, preserved, roasted, paired with cheese, or just toast with fig jam - figs are simply irresistible! And one of the best ways to enjoy them is to eat them fresh from the tree, so if you really love figs, why not try your hand at growing your own!

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Modern gardeners are looking for good-looking plants which perform at their best with a minimum of fuss. They also want plants which are not susceptible to many pests and diseases, because they wish to reduce or eliminate the need to spray poisons in the garden.

Onions are the staple of every major cuisine

Thursday, 23 January 2020 09:31
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Smoked Salmon Salad. Image by Free Photos from PixabaySmoked Salmon Salad. Image by Free Photos from PixabayToday onions are grown and eaten in more countries than any other vegetable, and unlike wheat, are a staple of every major cuisine and truly a global ingredient. This devotion to the onion is shared by most cooks, and it is rare to find a cookery book that that is onion-free.

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Image created by FreepikImage created by FreepikThis graceful multi-stemmed palm has a soft, leafy appearance which will enhance indoor spaces, and is a lovely addition to tropical and subtropical gardens. It is known to be one of the top air-purifying plants for indoors, and a natural humidifier, improving the air quality of your home or office, as well as adding a relaxing tropical feel.

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Using a small space to the best advantage. Picture courtesy www.gardenworld.co.zaUsing a small space to the best advantage. Picture courtesy www.gardenworld.co.zaGardening is rising in popularity throughout the world, and a big hit with younger generations who are drawing on the knowledge of older generations, incorporating it into our changing world, and using technology in clever and inspiring ways, knowing that as we enter a new decade it becomes more and more important to create healthy and happy places to live, and what better way to do it than with plants.

Wishing all my guests a blessed Christmas

Wednesday, 11 December 2019 16:12
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Imagine!

Wednesday, 11 December 2019 12:41
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Allow time for yourself this holiday season - these lazy summer days are the stuff of dreams and daydreaming, when the day seems to last forever and the fun never stops.

This quote by John Lubbock captures this special time of the year beautifully: “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.”

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Dianthus Jolt 'Pink Magic' Picture courtesy www.ballstraathof.co.zaDianthus Jolt 'Pink Magic' Picture courtesy www.ballstraathof.co.zaDianthus is an old-fashioned flower which has always been favoured by gardeners because it is a tough little annual with the most irresistible flowers. It is also easy to grow and can be planted almost throughout the year in South Africa, because it not only withstands our summer heat and heavy rainfall, but is also frost hardy.

Pumpkin - a truly multinational vegetable

Tuesday, 26 November 2019 16:13
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Pumpkins Image by Maxx Girr from PixabayPumpkins Image by Maxx Girr from PixabayIf you mention pumpkin to South Africans you will get various responses from our rainbow nation. For many it will conjure up thoughts of sweet “Pampoenkoekies” - South African pumpkin fritters with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and sugar, with a drizzle of caramel sauce on top, or perhaps “Pumpkin Cake.” Others will dream of the mouth-watering “Kaddu Ka Halwa” or “Pumpkin Halwa” - a unique Indian pumpkin-based dessert made with almonds, cashews, pistachios, milk, and sugar.

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Leopard Tree - Picture courtesy Tatters - see her flickr pageLeopard Tree - Picture courtesy Tatters - see her flickr pageThe exotic leopard tree which is native to South America, and especially to Bolivia and east and north-eastern Brazil, has nothing to do with the elegant African predator of the feline family from which it got its common name, except for its patchy, dappled bark that looks like leopard print. However, there's something about its feathery foliage that makes you think of Africa.

Exotic and beautiful - Begonia Rex

Thursday, 14 November 2019 14:20
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Begonia Rex HybridBegonia Rex Hybrid

Begonia Rex Cultivars are prized for their dramatically patterned and intriguingly shaped leaves, and they are just as at home in a shady, humid garden as they are growing as an indoor pot plant. Gardeners of all generations just cannot resist their unusually textured leaves, and today there are countless gorgeous varieties to choose from.

What’s not to love about Agapanthus!

Sunday, 10 November 2019 16:57
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Image by congerdesign from PixabayImage by congerdesign from PixabayOur very own Agapanthus is one of South Africa’s botanical treasures which has been exported to all corners of the earth, and it remains a popular garden plant, not only for its voluptuous umbels of flowers which bloom for a long season, but also for its ease of cultivation. The name agapanthus comes from the Greek words “agape,” meaning love, and “anthos” meaning flower, therefore its name literally means ‘flower of love.’

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