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  • August 23, 2017

    Capi pots and planters: A blooming delight

    Capi pots and planters: A blooming delight Decorating your home inside and outside with plants and decorative pots is an effective way of bringing colour and a sense of freshness into your decor. Adding a splash of vibrancy with your...

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  • What to do with your bulbs now that its winter?
    December 9, 2015

    What to do with your bulbs now that its winter?

    Today, let’s talk practicalities: we are approaching winter; what’s to be done right now? Let’s recap briefly: We planted our spring flowering bulbs in the autumn just as the soil cooled. Why? Because the drop in temperature was the trigger...

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  • Watering: Good gardening practice
    December 9, 2015

    Watering: Good gardening practice

    Plants need watering. This might sound ridiculously obvious but have you asked yourself why? For a start, water is the main constituent of the protoplasm*of plant cells – like humans, the bulk of a plant is made up of water....

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  • Natural Capabilities
    December 9, 2015

    Natural Capabilities

    I don’t know if you are keen on walking but I am. I love the gentle rhythm of a measured plod and the slow passage through a natural landscape. I particularly delight in the all the things I can see...

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  • Muscari, from edible delicacy to river of dreams
    December 9, 2015

    Muscari, from edible delicacy to river of dreams

    Every year over 800 000 visitors descend upon Keukenhof Park, just outside the city of Lisse in the Netherlands, during its two-month opening during the spring season. The garden is a rainbow reverie of multi-coloured delight, with around four-and-a-half-million tulips...

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  • Leucojum: White winter
    December 9, 2015

    Leucojum: White winter

    Dreaming of a powdery white winter? Well, there’s an answer to South Africa’s lack of snow, and it comes in the form of blooming snowflakes – lots of them if you’re lucky. The common name for Leucojum, these living snowflakes...

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  • Lachenalia: The flowering harmony
    December 9, 2015

    Lachenalia: The flowering harmony

    Have you ever wondered what inspired Mike Oldfield to record his iconic 1973 tune ‘Tubular Bells’? Musos will say it was his percussion instrument of tubular-bell chimes, but we horticulturists are convinced he was paying tribute to the tubular-bell-shaped Lachenalia,...

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  • Beautiful Hyacinth Flowers are fit for a queen
    December 9, 2015

    Beautiful Hyacinth Flowers are fit for a queen

    There’s never been any doubt that Marie Antoinette, Queen of France from 1774 to 1792, had a great penchant for beautiful things. This love of beauty extended to flowers. The Palace of Versailles was always filled to its golden extremes...

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