July

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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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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Cape Thatching Reed

Cape Thatching Reed (Elegia tectorum)

Cape Thatching Reed – not a Reed at all, but a Restio! Restios are leafless, grass-like perennials of which the male and female flowers are borne on separate plants.
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wise water watch

Water Wise Watch: July

In this issue: Local and international water news SALI and SAGIC Awards 2017 Weather Dam capacities Drought information and FAQs Water Wise Tip of the Month from Leslie Hoy "We can only save water one drop at a time, and one bucket or bath at a time; but we must never give up the daily fight to be #waterwise".
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Gazania Family

‘Treasure Flowers’ – Gazania Family

The Gazania family is yet another of South Africa’s indigenous gems that provide unbeatable colour.
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kids activity

Kids Activity July – Making a Cement Planter

Family Time in the Garden Family time is so important. In the blink of an eye, your kiddies will be all grown up, so it’s essential that you spend as much time having fun with them, creating memories to always look back on.
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July in the Garden

In bygone days, gardeners would spend mid-winter poring over seed catalogues and planting bare-rooted roses and fruit trees sent to them by snail-mail or rail.
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Healthy Herb: July – Lovely Lavender

Lavender, a magnet for bees and other insects, is the queen of herbs – loved for its beauty, fragrance and the sense of well-being that it imparts.
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Winter Warmth and Smiles

No garden should be without calendulas at this time of year; it’s the only way to guarantee a little burst of sunshine when the weather fails you!  
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Tree aloe (Aloe bainesii)

Also known as Aloe barberae Africa’s tallest aloe, forming branches, with orange spikes as flowers.
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Krantz aloe

Krantz aloe (Aloe arborescens)

Hardy, indigenous winter bloomer with attractive green foliage and orange spiky flowers. 
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Abelia Francis Mason Patio

Abelia Francis Mason Patio Standard

Masses of small and long lasting, white, trumpet-shaped flowers appear on the branches in summer.
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Camellia

Botanical Name: Camellia japonica (The Japanese Camellia) Common Name: Camellia / The Rose of winter Camellia, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Theaceae (tea).
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Cancer Bush (Sutherlandia frutescens)

Sutherlandia frutescens is an indigenous shrub known as the Cancer Bush, Balloon Pea, Blaasbossie or Hoenderbelletjie.
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Rosa ‘Ingrid Bergman’

Only a very special rose could honour Ingrid Bergman. 35 broad & firm petals constitute the large, glowing velvet red blooms which hold their brilliance in the sun.
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