Months of the Year

Sweet, Sweet Alyssum

Sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima) is one of the gardener’s most faithful allies, providing welcome year round colour with minimal fuss.
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What to do about cochineal on cacti and prickly pear plants

Symptoms Our “gogga” of the month for July, cochineal, are sap-sucking insects that feed only on cacti and prickly pear plants.
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Strawberries (Fragaria × ananassa)

Who can resist the juicy, sweet, bright fruit of a strawberry? They are always delicious regardless of where they are served.
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Aloe Ice Cream

This small Aloe has attractive bi-coloured pink to creamy white flowers.  It is a medium to fast growing Aloe.
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Lily of the Nile / Nyl Lelie (Agapanthus Buccaneer)

The true treasure chest of all. An exceptional medium size, fast growing Agapanthus with prolific dark blue, complemented with a purplish vein.
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July in the Garden

July in the garden will be cold and dry in some regions and cold and (hopefully) wet in others, but winter can never be boring if we dip into our treasure chest of saucy succulents and splendid shrubs which are dressed in their best right now.
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The magic of indoor plants

Winter is a great time to focus your ‘gardening’ attention inside your home (where it’s warmer!) and consciously relook indoor plants.
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The magic of home-grown vegetables

Spend the holidays in the garden making an easy-harvest potato planter There is nothing more rewarding than eating crops you’ve produced in your own backyard.
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The Rose of Winter (Camellia japonica)

A beautiful elegant shrub with dark green glossy foliage. Mature plant size may vary due to growing conditions and climate, ±4m x 3m.
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Healthy herbs for winter comfort food

Winter is all about comfort food and that means slow cooking; simmering soups and stews for hours until the meat drops off bone.
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Water Wise Watch: Jun 2018

This month at Water Wise "Keep the freeze at bay, the Water Wise way" Winter has arrived and the temperature has already dropped.
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Celebrating Father’s Day – Hands-on and Outdoors

Perfect for those who enjoy sitting in the garden or gathering round dad’s braai, the grass pot-stool will keep your children excited to be seated!
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June in the Garden

The so-called ‘bleakness of a midwinter garden’ is a total myth, as many plants (whether indigenous like aloes, or exotic like camellias), flower with abundance in winter.
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The Mirror Bush (Coprosma repens ‘Pacific Sunrise’)

Glossy and almost polished leaves denote that this plant is often referred to as the mirror bush.
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Water Wise Watch: May 2018

This month at Water Wise "For the love of birds" What would the world be without birds?
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Aloe Peri-Peri var. ‘Peri Peri’

A dramatically long flowering period, with its masses of sizzling hot orange-red flowers.
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Nandina domestica “Obsession” var. ‘Seika’ PBR

Intensely coloured upright growing Nandina with fiery red young foliage which is retained while plant is actively growing. 
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Coffee (Coffea Arabica)

Arabica Coffee is a species of coffee originally indigenous to the forests of the Ethiopia.
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What to do about Cypress aphids on your conifers

Symptoms Our “gogga” of the month for May, Italian Cypress (or conifer) aphids, will leave sooty mould and stickiness (honeydew) and yellowing foliage on conifers What does this mean for me/my plants?
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Sexy Spinach

Sexy spinach is not only full of flavour, but full of goodness too!
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