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A Variety Of Euphorbias
Crown of thorns is more of a showstopper than other thorny plants you can plant as a security barrier along a boundary or in front of a wall along a pavement. E. milii and the modern hybrids bred from it can form low, floriferous, thorny hedges seldo
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Sacred Red
‘Sacred Red’ is a new Antico Moderno red rose that has the look and feel of an antique rose with its massive, nostalgia-shaped blooms. Dark red, almost red-black, outer petals frame the bloom’s inner, full-petalled centre. Each bloom is an impressive
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Companion Planting Do’s And Don’ts
Plant quick-growing catmint as an insect-repelling plant around tomatoes, or as a border where cabbages, broccoli and kale will grow during the cooler months. It keeps aphids away, while the sprays of mauve flowers attract bees. If the plant becomes
The Gardener Magazine6 min lettiArchitecture
MAURITZFONTEIN: the Story of a Karoo Garden
To many gardeners, the scale of the gardens at Mauritzfontein could seem overwhelming. Only the brave attempt to garden in the Karoo on this scale, 9 hectares, and only the fearless tackle the even more arid Nama Karoo. To landscape designer Arthur M
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Tick the box: the first month has come and gone without too many dramas! I for one am delighted that I can now officially say that I can smell the end of summer, just peeping her nose around the corner. I’m looking forward to the tasks I have planned
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Mesembryanthemum cordifolium(previously Aptenia cordifolia) can often be seen growing between cracks in urban spaces and along disturbed areas. It is also commonly known as the baby sun rose. The bright green succulent leaves are heart-shaped, and th
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Aquascaping 101
And now for something completely different… We love exploring new ways of gardening, because it opens up so many more avenues of beautifying our surroundings. The other day I was scrolling through Instagram when I saw an aquarium that caught my eye –
The Gardener Magazine2 min lettiArchitecture
February Checklist
✓ Sweet peas can be sown at the end of the month. Prepare a trench for them alongside a fence or trellis, and add a lot of well-rotted kraal manure, compost, bonemeal and an organic fertiliser (Atlantic Bio Ocean) to the soil. The reason why a trench
The Gardener Magazine1 min lettiArchitecture
Upcycled Succulent Tins
There are many of us who can’t resist an old tin, particularly one with a retro look to it, and they can be made useful by turning them into planters. They look very good planted with succulents and make an appealing rustic display grouped together.
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The Gardener Magazine2 min lettiBotany
Striking Cabbage Trees
The cabbage tree or kiepersol is a medium-sized or large tree in the cabbage tree family (Araliaceae), occurring on mountain slopes, rocky outcrops and along forest margins from the southern parts of the Western Cape to Limpopo, and north to tropical
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The Mystery Of Mushrooms
As passionate gardeners, we are occasionally startled and surprised to find that some form of mushroom has popped up overnight on our lawn, appeared in the flower bed or is lurking in some shady spot in our garden. Some of us disregard these fascinat
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Sow Some Veld
Ornamental veld grasses are a big part of modern prairie gardens, but sowing them is not something you would normally think of doing. Think again, because from high summer and going well into winter, plants will be bearing lusty seed plumes full of s
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Divine Dianthus
Dianthuses really are divine: the name is derived from a Greek word meaning ‘flower of the gods’. This is a stalwart of any garden and just keeps on giving with flush after flush of flowers, almost year-round. Dianthuses are therefore excellent value
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Agave Royalty
Agave victoriae-reginae is a long-lived, exceptionally slow-growing succulent with short, triangular leaves artistically arranged in a dense symmetrical rosette. The dark green leaves, which grow to 22cm in length, are hard and leathery with dark tho
The Gardener Magazine2 min lettiCooking, Food & Wine
Valentine’s Gifts
Set your Valentine’s heart on fire by growing your own MayFord chilli seeds this Valentine’s Day. MayFord’s ‘Long Slim Cayenne’ chillis will be ready to harvest within 75 days, just in time for winter as a hot and spicy addition to warm dishes and sa
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Yellow Is High Fashion!
A rudbeckia can be identified by golden-yellow, daisy-like flower petals surrounding a prominent conical disc, resulting in the common names of black-eyed Susan and coneflower. It is native to Central and North America, and is the state flower of Mar
The Gardener Magazine1 min lettiCooking, Food & Wine
Fennel is a fine culinary herb, an eye-catching feature plant and an excellent companion plant that lures aphids away from other plants. It is a perennial that likes well-drained soil and will thrive in full sun or morning sun. It can grow up to 2m t
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ACHIEVE Planting Success
If you have achieved planting success you now probably have a pretty garden that makes you happy and content without asking too much more of you. If not, take heart as planting success relies on easy words like ‘climate’, ‘planning’, ‘position’, ‘pre
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Water is Life
Bonsai growers often ask me for advice. Without even looking at their trees I can give them the most valuable advice they will ever get: “Water your plants!” Folks, it is that simple. Without water your plants will shrivel up and die. Yes, we all kno
The Gardener Magazine3 min lettiBiology
Bugs Beware
Unusually, Jozi Carnivores was not born out of a passion for carnivorous plants, but rather as a solution to several problems that Renee was facing. “I had no interest in these intriguing plants at all. However, I was by chance exposed to an incredib
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Bold, Blue Squill
Fact file: The basionym of Merwilla plumbea is Scilla natalensis. A basionym is an earlier, valid scientific name of a species that has since been renamed. Merwilla plumbea, also known as the wild squill, is a member of the Hyacinthacea family. It is
The Gardener Magazine1 min lettiArchitecture
Annuals For Shade
Gardening in shady areas can prove to be tricky. Begonias fill that gap beautifully, each plant producing masses of jewel-like flowers to brighten the darkest of corners. Begonia semperflorens hybrids can vary in size: the very dwarf type can be used
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Right To The Vein!
When I first heard about the IV Bar in Cape Town, I thought it was just a normal pub owned by someone with a soft spot for the ivy creeper but who didn’t know how to spell ‘ivy’. Then a youngster told me that an IV bar has nothing to do with social d
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Iced Herb Teas A Healthy Way To Beat The Thirst
February is the hottest month of the year, and there’s nothing more refreshing on a hot day than a long, icy drink. The trouble is that most soft drinks are full of sugar, while the healthy option (drinking loads of water) isn’t everyone’s ‘cup of te
The Gardener Magazine3 min lettiDiet & Nutrition
Preserving Melons
If you’re lucky enough to have enough space to grow sweet melons, also known as spanspek or cantaloupe, you are bound to have plenty of melons that may be in need of preserving for leaner months. Planted in spring and summer, sweet melon fruit forms
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Make A Grand Entrance
A door in need of a revamp Woodoc 50 Marine – Exterior Sealer (Clear, Matt) Mineral turpentine 100-grit sandpaper and sanding block/sander, paintbrush, steel wool, clean and dry cloths, flat stirring spatula 1. Sand the door down to bare wood, removi
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Learn From The Finest
Permaculture is the finest guide for sustainable, organic food gardening. It is a complete ‘system’ that ultimately becomes self-generating, with synergies between environment, plants, animals and people so that nothing is wasted. It’s about benefitt
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Tasks for February
• Protect plants from powdery mildew during humid, wet weather by spaying with an organic fungicide like EcoBuz Disease Pro.• Water early in the morning during hot, dry weather.• Renew mulch around vegetables to keep the soil cool.• Fertilise fruitin
The Gardener Magazine1 min lettiCooking, Food & Wine
Vegetable Sowing Guide For February
Artichoke (globe), beetroot, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, endive, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, onions, parsnips, radishes, spinach and Swiss chard, turnips Beetroot, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bush beans,
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