Intermediate to cool season vegetable crops

Monday, 19 February 2018 10:11

Broad Beans with white Primulas in frontBroad Beans with white Primulas in frontTraditionally mid to late summer is the time to sow vegetable crops that enjoy growing in the intermediate to cool seasons.

Want to save money on the family budget this year? Vegetable prices are very high right now, so why not try growing your own - it's really easy and nothing beats the flavour of home grown veggies.

This birdfeeder is worth its weight in gold.

Monday, 19 February 2018 08:59

People love attracting birds to their gardens because they bring life, movement, bird song, and hours of joy. Here the Red Bishops and the little Cape Sparrows vie for space, but somehow they all manage to get their share.

Hanging Baskets

Friday, 02 February 2018 16:14

Summer hanging basket for semi-shade.Summer hanging basket for semi-shade.Hanging baskets overflowing with flowers are hard to resist!

Have you ever admired a lush hanging basket bursting with blooms but simply thought it a bit overpriced? Well, not really,  a well-designed hanging basket in full bloom has probably taken months of care to get it to a sellable size, and this is labour intensive too, so if you can afford one of these ’ready to go’ beauties, spoil yourself, you’re worth it!

Million Bells

Thursday, 25 January 2018 14:53

Cabaret Cherry Rose Calibrachoa. Picture courtesy Ball Horticultural CompanyCabaret Cherry Rose Calibrachoa. Picture courtesy Ball Horticultural CompanyMillion Bells is rather like a miniature petunia on steroids!

Million Bells (Calibrachoa syn Petunia) are short lived perennials which are often planted as summer annuals in South Africa - growing and flowering at an amazing rate! They bloom abundantly all spring and summer, until the first frosts, and in warm frost-free regions can flower all year round.

Gardenia is delighfully scented

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 10:26

 Gardenia augustaGardenia augustaWarm summer breezes will waft the scent of Gardenia throughout the whole garden, much to the delight of everyone.

There are many cultivars of Gardenia augusta, including groundcover, dwarf and medium-sized varieties, so there’s a gardenia for every size garden. All the cultivars also grow beautifully in containers, so even if you only have a small patio or balcony garden, you can plant a Gardenia.

Chillies are not only good to eat!

Sunday, 14 January 2018 11:40

Chillies are stunning in a simple wooden container. Chillies are stunning in a simple wooden container. Chillies make great gifts for all occasions, gifts you can easily make at home and which don’t cost the earth either!  To make them special requires only a little flair of your own, so let your imagination run wild and use whatever items you have around the house that can be re-cycled. Red chillies are perfect gifts to give for Christmas, and here a wooden crate is decorated with a red ribbon, but once the chillies are added the magic happens – it’s just that simple!

Sutera is creating quite a buzz!

Monday, 08 January 2018 13:32

Sutera "Bermuda Sky" Picture courtesy www.newplant.co.zaSutera "Bermuda Sky" Picture courtesy www.newplant.co.zaSutera, with its profusion of delicate flowers all summer long, is creating quite a buzz amongst gardeners!

Sutera, Bacopa - Chaenostoma cordatum (= Sutera cordata)

Sutera remain firm favourites with gardeners around the world for their ease of growth and profusion of flowers throughout spring and summer.

Amaryllis just need a little TLC

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 14:32

Amaryllis Blushing Bride.  Picture courtesy www.hadeco.co.zaAmaryllis Blushing Bride. Picture courtesy www.hadeco.co.zaWith just a little TLC, Amaryllis will delight you with their gorgeous blooms year after year.

Popular for their festive, oversized flowers, amaryllis bulbs are commonly sold for the Christmas holiday season. Varieties include single flowered, double flowered and miniature’s, ranging in colour from red to salmon, orange, white and pink, with many varieties having stripes or contrasting edges.

Round Up Summer Colour

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 11:00

RudbeckiaRudbeckiaAsk any experienced gardener and they’ll tell you that no garden bed is complete without a representative of this group of annuals bringing their particular brand of hardy good cheer. Dianthus is one of those all-rounder’s that satisfies, no matter your priorities. If it’s a colourful show you’re after these little stunners can be coaxed into flowering throughout the year!

The Bladdernut tree is tidy

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 09:47

Diospyros whyteana fruit & pods. Picture courtesy Malcolm Manners - see his flickr pageDiospyros whyteana fruit & pods. Picture courtesy Malcolm Manners - see his flickr pageThe Bladdernut tree makes a truly attractive and tidy subject for any garden and is especially suitable for small gardens.

Bladdernut, Swartbas, Mohlatsane, munyavhili, umTenatane, uManzimane (Diospyros whyteana)
SA Tree No: 611

Zantedeschia hybrids are easy to grow

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 09:08

Zantedeschia 'Jack of Hearts'  Picture courtesy BLOOMZ, New ZealandZantedeschia 'Jack of Hearts' Picture courtesy BLOOMZ, New ZealandZantedeschia hybrids are easy to grow and offer gardeners a vast array of rainbow colours to enjoy.

Arum Lily, Calla Lily, Pig lily, Kleinvarkoor, Witvarkoor, mohalalitoe, magapule, intebe, ihlukwe, ilabatheka-elimhlophe, ilabatheka-omhlophe (Zantedeschia)

Today a new generation of Zantedeschia hybrids have been bred from our original indigenous species; not only for their spectacular fashionable colours but for their sheer flower power.

Attracting wildlife to your garden

Thursday, 02 November 2017 10:07

Attracting birds and other wildlife to your garden can be so simple!

Many indigenous as well as exotic plants can be incorporated into your garden design to attract wildlife, and it doesn't matter how large or small your garden is; if you follow a few simple guidelines you will soon be rewarded with the delightful sound of birdsong, and the fleeting beauty of a flitting butterfly or busy bee.Because of the continual expansion of our urban areas into the natural environment, city gardens, parks and open areas have become vital in sustaining wildlife; and it is possible - with a bit of planning - to create both a beautiful and sustainable sanctuary for birds and other wildlife in our suburban gardens.

Summer Snapdragons bloom continuously

Friday, 20 October 2017 10:50

Angelonia 'Serena Blue' Picture courtesy Ball StraathofAngelonia 'Serena Blue' Picture courtesy Ball StraathofSummer Snapdragons bloom continuously during the hot summer months.

These tropical evergreen perennials are tough, easy to care for, and are planted in summer for their lovely snapdragon-like flowers, born on slender upright spikes.

Gardening in the Western Cape

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 13:32

Cape Agulhas Dune Fynbos - Overberg. Picture courtesy South African Tourism. Visit their flickr pageCape Agulhas Dune Fynbos - Overberg. Picture courtesy South African Tourism. Visit their flickr pageKnowing your climate  is half the battle won when you start selecting plants for your garden. The Western Cape Province is exceptionally topographically and climatologically diverse, with many distinct micro and macroclimates, created by the varied topography and the influence of the surrounding ocean currents. This can pose many problems for gardeners, unless you understand the subtle nuances of your particular region.

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