Kumbula Blog

Proteaceae species for summer rainfall climates

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.

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Veld Flower Mystery 2

This little plant grows in the veld in full sun and canopy shade. With bright green celery type leaf' 

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The Veld Flower Mysteries: An explanation

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.

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Veld Flower Mystery 1

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.

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It's been a good summer for Agapanthus

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.

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What's eating my arum lilies?

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...

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