Make a break
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 gardenworld.co.za.
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 replies VALUE CONTACT CONTACT