Contrary to the generally accepted belief that Proteas can only be grow in winter rainfall areas, there are quite a few that can be grown in summer rainfall areas. To urge more gardeners to grow Proteas in summer rainfall areas, I have made up a list of those species that are likely to be successful.Read more
This little plant grows in the veld in full sun and canopy shade. With bright green celery type leaf'Read more
For the past several years I have been trying to identify a host of little wild flowers growing in the wild garden. I have had limited success in this endeavour, identifying only about half the plants I have photographed. Here's hoping that somebody, somewhere, will recognise one of them.Read more
This little plant grows along the edge of my property in very dry canopy shade. I am charmed by its pretty, celery-like leaves but have not been able to find any information about it. If anyone recognizes this plant, please let me know what it is called.Read more
We had some generous rain last spring and the Agapanthus in my garden, and everywhere else in the area, have shown their appreciation. Although considered old-fashioned by many, I find them very useful for filling up spaces in a large garden.Read more
Summer is settling in, we've had good rain, plants are recovering, birds are singing, butterflies are flitting – did I say 'butterflies'?
Butterflies and moths, as innocent as they appear, have a definite sting in the tail. To enjoy their intricate colours, their delicate dips and swings across the sun-kissed garden and their evening hovering among scented blooms, we have to live with their myriad offspring which chomp, chew and generally deface our carefully tended plants, shrubs and...Read more