Seasonal Gardening

August in the Garden

Awesome August has arrived, which means it’s almost time for a spring awakening… You will see on crispy August mornings new mint-green leaves sprouting, and bees and butterflies zooming over swathes of daisies turning their heads to the sun.
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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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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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August in the Garden

The sap is rising and most of nature awakens once more in expectation of another spring and major growing season to come… It is time to think about composting, planting, making pretty and tooling up.
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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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June in the Garden

June in your garden Avid gardeners will tell you that their lifelong love of gardening and plants probably originated from the gift of a cool plant such as a cactus, bonsai tree, fly catcher, or a little love palm when still only a child.
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Recycled kitchen teapot planter

Going potty! We all know how frustrating it is when you (or that annoying guest) chips or breaks your favourite teapot.
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Tasty and healthy chow with salad leaves!

In yesteryear, the humble lettuce leaf was used mostly as a limp, green garnish next to a meaty dinner, or to keep one’s picnic sandwiches fresh.
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August in the Garden

We’re not quite yet done with winter, but it is certainly time to start planning and planting for warmer weather. Remember, spring is just around the corner and all garden centres are stocked to the brim with instant colour.
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Denim-Jean Planter

Denim is all the rage in the fashion world at the moment - why not bring this fabulous fashion into your garden thinking too, and make a statement with it on your patio or indoors.
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July in the garden

Good gardeners always look ahead, even in the dead of winter. Apart from still planting deciduous trees, shrubs and climbers, one should also plant annuals and perennials which are just beginning to show colour now, as it will result in a rainbow of eye candy in early spring.
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Effortless Beauty

Petunias are renowned for three reasons; they’ve been around forever (known since the mid 1700s at least), they’re generous bloomers and there’s a petunia to suit every season.
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The Long and the Short of It

July’s companions bring a cheery sight and smell to any winter garden. Both thriving in cooler climates, pansies and foxgloves are a statement couple.
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Hanging around this winter

Hanging around this winter

Hanging herb garden With more and more people opting to live in gated estates here in sunny South Africa, we find that gardens with plenty of space are becoming a thing of the past.
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June in the garden

The days might be shorter now, and the nights long and cold, but ‘green fingers’ will still be twitching and there is always something to do in the garden.
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Winter Sun Winners

Winter Sun Winners
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Painted Plant Stone Markers Painted Plant Stone Markers

Painted Plant Stone Markers
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On the snail trail On the snail trail

On the snail trail
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Sponge Lettuce

What holds water but is full of holes? A Sponge! Did you know you can grow lettuce in one too? Get the kids to try this wonderfully simple activity this weekend.
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A Winter Wonderland

Contrary to what one might think, winter really is a wonderful time for gardening. Compared to those busy summer days when weeding, watering and feeding seems to dominate our activities, the less frenetic pace of winter allows us to slow down a little and redirect our focus.
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