Beautiful drought trumpers 101
Summer is the perfect time to make your garden look great. With the current water restrictions, we can do our bit for conservation by going indigenous while creating water-friendly, bird-loving gardens.
Gardener’s Guide to Indigenous Garden Plants of Southern Africa by Glenice Ebedes
I..... f you want a garden that’s suited to our South African climate, and one that attracts wildlife from busy bees and beautiful butterflies to birds, lizards and spiders (remember spiders eat mosquitoes), then this pocket-sized book will give you all the help and information you need. The author selects 145 garden-friendly trees, shrubs and bedding plants perfectly adapted to the local climate.
Field Guide to Succulents of South Africa by Gideon F Smith, Neil R Crouch and Estrela Figueiredo
Penguin Random House
R350 at takealot.com
..... his lovely book with full-colour illustrations will inspire you even further if you want to turn your garden into an indigenous, low maintenance and waterwise haven. It’s a user-friendly book that takes you through the defining features of succulents, their uses and how to garden with them. Their biggest plus, particularly for a country gripped by drought, is that succulents can store water for later use. Southern Africa has the richest and most diverse succulent flora in the world, so now is the perfect time to start planting. Succulents are also often cheaper and more long-lasting than other flowers.
TGarden Birds in South Africa by Duncan Butchart
R230 at takealot.com
..... s you flick through these brightly coloured pages you’ll immediately recognise South Africa’s favourite bird, the Cape robin. You’ll identify which family of sparrows that one with the white wing bar belongs to; recognise that familiar call from the house top and know what food to put out to attract particular garden birds. As well as identifying and telling you about our most common 101 garden birds, Duncan Butchart – one of South Africa’s great birders – gives advice on how to provide food and shelter for our feathered friends and what trees, shrubs, climbers, grasses and aquatic plants to plant in your garden to attract them. This book will give great pleasure to almost everyone who has a garden, big or small.
AOverkill – The race to save Africa’s wildlife by James Clarke
R190 at takealot.com
..... his very important book, by veteran journalist James Clarke, begins with a story – and not a pretty one. Since humans migrated from Africa and fanned out into Eurasia and the rest of the world, 90% of the world’s megafauna, its larger creatures, have become extinct. Think mammoths and mastodons, woolly rhinoceroses and sabretoothed cats. Clarke chillingly points out that not just a few species, but whole genera have been wiped out.
The only exception has been Africa, but that now too is in danger. In 2016, the African wildlife situation reportedly reached its worst point. This thought-provoking, but finally cautiously optimistic book, written in Clarke’s conversational appealing style, describes the history and extent of human impact on Africa. It goes on to discuss land and marine animals and the current status of Africa’s wild animals. He discusses how the situation has now reached its lowest ebb and asks whether, thanks to urgent and dedicated conservation efforts, the tide is turning.
T– Kate Turkington