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Don­ald James (Don) Madge (1920–1997) was a South African vis­ual artist from Stut­ter­heim. He par­tic­i­pated in a num­ber of group ex­hi­bi­tions in SA and one in Aus­tralia but, un­for­tu­nately, his work doesn’t achieve high prices on auc­tion. R4 000 – R6 000


Ina Eh­lers of Dur­banville writes

The bulk of our neigh­bour’s tipuana tree is grow­ing over our prop­erty, with the re­sult that al­most all of its leaves and yel­low flow­ers end up in our pool. We have cut back the shoots and branches on our side but now it’s re­sprout­ing quite quickly! Can you sug­gest some­thing that we can ap­ply to the pruned sec­tions of the branches so that they won’t shoot again?

JJ replies Un­for­tu­nately, noth­ing like that is avail­able. What you can do im­me­di­ately is pull off the new shoots as they ap­pear; don’t cut them off. The minute you cut them, you pro­mote new growth; if you break them off, you in­hibit new growth.

JJ van Rens­burg is a hor­ti­cul­tur­ist at Gar­den World in Johannesburg; visit gar­den­

Lis­ten to JJ’s gar­den­ing tips and tricks on Der­rich Gard­ner’s show Brek­fis met Der­rich at 07:40 ev­ery Satur­day on RSG.

I in­her­ited this large plate; can you tell me whether it’s valu­able? Ian Conn of Ash­bey’s Galleries replies CIRCA VALUE An el­derly neigh­bour gave me this oil paint­ing signed James Madge; do you know what it’s worth? Inge Beck of Ash­bey’s Galleries...

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