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[13 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]
A Shady Love Affair

Begonia semperflorens or bedding begonias and its numerous cultivars, and its well suited companion, coleus or more commonly known as “Flame Nettle” or “Painted Leaf” are just the thing to brighten up those dull areas in the garden.
The most ideal location for Begonias is dappled shade with the white and light pink varieties particularly well suited for the shade because the lighter colours show up well.
If the reds are planted in sun their colours are a shade or two deeper.
Begonias like average to moderately fertile and well-draining soil and must …

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[27 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]
Dignified Dahlia

Many believe that dahlias are from Holland but truth be told, they are native to Central America where they were discovered in the 16th century by the Spanish.
Holland only received their first box of tubers in 1872.
Dahlias have been substantially hybridised over the centuries with an immense variety of both colour and size, but it’s the dahlia variabilis (meaning variable in Latin), our bedding variety, that we’re highlighting today.
Grown from seed, the ready to plant seedlings can be found in garden centres during most of the summer months in South …

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[13 Sep 2015 | No Comment | ]
Valuable Verbenas

Verbenas are prolific bloomers that require as little pampering as possible and the hardiest annuals we’ve got surviving easily in the dusty and sweltering sun beaten spots in the garden.
For a long lasting colour spectacle every year it’s best to plant them in early spring and they’ll reward your previously bare patch with life right up until the first frosts.
Verbenas have been known to pretend, quite well it has to be said, to be perennials and survive the winter to continue flowering for their second year, but their true annual …

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[28 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]
Portulaca – A Timely Treasure

Companies the world over can only dream of having staff arrive at work as punctually as a portulaca blooms in the morning time.
Colourful, water wise, easy going and will fill a patch in your garden where not much else will thrive, what more could a gardener want?
What these gorgeous treasures need is sun. Lots of it, in fact, the whole day long if possible.
Most gardens have those patches where not much grows because it gets too much sun, and the soil is not terribly fertile because of the hammering it …

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[16 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]
Flowers of the Gods

From the Greek words dios, meaning “god” and anthos, meaning “flower”, the Greek botanist, Theophrastus, cited the perfect mix in the name, Dianthus.
If it’s height you’re after and some cut flowers for the vase to bring some beauty indoors, dianthus barbatus, known as Sweet William, is for you.
Carnations, dianthus caryophyllus, are also part of this family.
If edging beds, making pretty borders or planting up containers, dianthus chinensis, commonly known as Pinks, would be a perfect fit.
For everything in between, there are the interspecific crosses, dianthus barbatus x chinensis which are …

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[19 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]
Prim and Proper Primulas

When thinking ‘winter garden’ the vibrant palette offered to us by Primula malacoides (Fairy Primrose) and its cousin Primula acaulis (English Primrose) are among the first thoughts that come to mind.
Planted en masse, the versatile Primula malacoides creates a sea of blooms that gives a real wild flower feel to your garden but they’ll work equally well as border plants and in containers.
Fairy Primrose is available in white, crimson, lavender, purple, pink and rose with adult plants reaching up to 45 cm tall and 20 cm across and will compliment …

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[13 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
Mimulus – Monkey Mime

If you’ve never heard of Mimulus before, it’s a great time to become acquainted with this gorgeous little bloom.
Mimulus, translated from Latin, means “mime” which refers to the funny clown-face the fat petals of the flower make when viewed head on.
Its more well-known name, Monkey Flower, is also a reference to the flower shape.
These annuals come in a vast array of colours, from blotched or spotted to flamed and bi-coloured and even the good old standard solid colours and they range from 10-30cm tall.
These bright little faces prefer to be …

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[14 Oct 2013 | No Comment | ]
Clivias uitgestal in Centurion

Nichelle Steyn
’n Clivia is ’n besonderse blom wat maklik in enige tuin groei.
Inwoners van Centurion het die geleentheid gehad om meer van dié blomsoort te leer tydens die Cliviaskou wat by die Laerskool Rooihuiskraal aangebied was.
Gideon Scheepers, die eienaar van die Clivia Forum skep twee keer ʼn jaar ʼn platform waar telers en kwekerye byeenkom om hulle blomme uit te stal en die publiek met advies oor die aanplanting, groei en versorging te bedien.

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[10 Mar 2013 | No Comment | ]
Die Herberg Sentrum se eerste atletiekdag

Die Herberg Sentrum in Thaba Tshwane bestaan reeds 19 jaar en daar is tans 265 kinders, van babas tot voorskool sowel as ‘n naskoolsentrum wat met liefde en sorg onder leiding van Ina van Schalkwyk vir hul skoolloopbaan gereed gebring word.
Ina het besluit dat ‘n atletiekbyeenkoms vir die Sentrum die ideale geleentheid aan die kinders kan bied om die mededinging in die groter skole te kan ervaar.
Pastoor Ricky Pillay van die Charisma Pinkster Gemeente het die verrigtinge met gebed geopen en ook die gaste verwelkom. Hy was ook die …

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[14 Jan 2013 | No Comment | ]
Delectable Dahlias

Hailing from Central America, flamboyant bedding dahlias are among the most popular and showy summer choices for single or mixed colour mass planting, decorative borders and attractive containers.
They are readily available, grow with minimal attention, and offer long-term variety in myriad colours.
Versatile, colourful and cost-effective, bedding dahlias grow to around knee-height, have attractive green to maroon-tinted foliage, and do not require staking.
The glamorous flowers grow in abundance on stout stems and should be dead-headed regularly to prolong blooming.
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