IN THE GARDEN
I recently had to have some maintenance work done on our security system and was summarily told that the Ipomoea horsfalliae which graces the side of our front stoep had to go because it was obstructing the beam across the front door.
Well, that was not going to happen! Lebo and I put our heads together, and I am quite proud of what we managed to engineer with additional latticing and some swivels. The beautiful climber is now gently supported away from the wall and into a position where it will eventually grow all the way across the front of the stoep. A win-win situation.
Our support in the making
Other than that, with the little bit of rain at the beginning of the week, the garden is looking really fine!
Lathyrus pale pink
Psychotria variegata with flowers
Berberis - Ring of fire
IN THE NURSERY
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The versatile Bauhinia galpinii can be used as a screen or to cover a pergola, or pruned into a lovely shrub. An approximately 3m high robust evergreen trailer with lobed leaves, its brick red flowers attract butterflies to the garden from spring to summer. Plant in full sun.
The waterwise Dyschoriste thunbergiiflora is a gorgeous rounded shrub with deep violet trumpet-shaped flowers in summer. Evergreen and semi-hardy, it reaches an average height of 1.2m, and is happy in sun or semi-shade.
Kniphofia ensifolia (with the lovely common name of torch lily) is a sturdy perennial with erect deeply keeled grey-green leaves and tall spikes of lemon/cream flowers in spring that are much loved by birds and insects. Evergreen and hardy, it wants sun to semi-shade and moist soil.
The indigenous arum lily Zantedeschia – Marshmallow has ovate dark green fleshy leaves and large deep pink flower spathes from spring to summer. Hailing from the colder areas of South Africa, it is happiest in sun to semi-shade and moist soil. It is evergreen and very hardy.
Fuchsia – Lady Boothby is a tough evergreen 2.5m climber well suited for growing over an arch, trellis or fence. It has dark green leaves and dangling red and purple flowers from summer to autumn. Plant in semi-shade.
The huge corymbs of white flowers of Ozothamnus diosmifolius this spring were as breathtaking as its name! This 1.4m high erect multi-branched woody shrub with short scented leaves is evergreen and hardy, and likes sun to semi-shade and dry, sandy soil. We have plants in 5 litre bags.
The Chinese meadow rue, Thalictrum delavayi, is a clump-forming deciduous perennial with lovely greyish-green fern-like foliage and clusters of pendulous lilac flowers from summer to autumn. It reaches a height of about 1m, and wants semi-shade and moist soil.
The masses of rose pink tubular flowers of Weigelia florida variegata attract birds to the garden in summer. This is a very hardy deciduous shrub with attractive white-edged green leaves. It grows about 1.3m high, and can take sun to semi-shade. Makes a good cut flower.
This month’s newsletter is a little early as I will be away for a few days at the end of the month.
I hope everyone manages to tear themselves away from the cricket to spend some time in their gardens. Fortunately, the remaining World Cup rugby matches are at night for us.
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