Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

This is a good time to as­sess the gar­den and to see where im­prove­ments can be made. Look at the shape of lawn, flowerbeds and the po­si­tion­ing of steps, paths and per­ma­nent fea­tures.

Can you view the whole gar­den at a glance? If the an­swer is yes, then you need to think up ways of adding in­ter­est. Con­ceal­ing parts of a gar­den can make a small gar­den ap­pear larger; a curv­ing path en­cour­ages dis­cov­ery. Con­sider fram­ing a pleas­ing view with a vine-cov­ered arch­way.

Cre­ate “cameos” in the gar­den. It could be a bench sur­rounded by scented fo­liage, a statue peer­ing out from be­hind a shrub, colour­ful hang­ing bas­kets or a win­dow box of sweet smelling herbs.

Gaza­nias are drought-re­sis­tant and suit­able for grow­ing on banks, as a ground­cover, in con­tain­ers and edg­ing path­ways and bor­ders. The Day­break Se­ries has colours of or­ange, yel­low and bronze, as well as pink shades.

The tulip-shaped white, pink and ma­roon blooms of de­cid­u­ous mag­no­lias on erect branches make at­trac­tive win­ter sub­jects. Grow in rich, well-drained soil, wa­ter reg­u­larly, and pro­tect from hot af­ter­noon sun and strong winds.

Re­mem­ber to wa­ter plants in con­tain­ers as well as plants grow­ing un­der eaves.

Di­vide any dor­mant peren­ni­als, such as phlox, physoste­gia and Shasta daisy.

Give win­ter and spring-flow­er­ing bulbs and bed­ding plants a light dress­ing of hoof-and-horn meal, and a wa­ter­ing with per­man­ganate of po­tash (Condi’s crys­tals), and ap­ply monthly (don’t con­fuse the hoof-and­horn meal with bone­meal).

Trans­plant shrubs that are in the wrong place, but not conifers and proteas. fees ap­ply. Book at 021 799 8783. COLOUR: A talk on colour for your win­ter gar­den. July 17, 10am. Morne’s Su­per Plants, 150m north of Tokai & Main Rds, Tokai. Con­tact 021 715 4666. GAR­DEN TALKS: Room­togrow present gar­den talks to cel­e­brate the Kirsten-bosch Cen­te­nary. 10.30 - 11.30am. San­lam Hall (Gate 2), Kirsten­bosch. Talks free, but gar­den fees ap­ply. No book­ing. Con­tact Cathy on 021 465 6440 or 072 201 2535. ASTRON­OMY: A talk by Jasper Hor­rel on the MeerKAT and SKA pro­ject to the Cape Nat­u­ral His­tory Club. July 19, 8pm. R20. The Athenaeum, New­lands. Con­tact Eleanor on 021 762 1779. VEG­ETABLE GAR­DEN­ING COURSE: At­tend a gar­den­ing course. July 20 and 21, 11am to 3pm. R580. Fern­dale Nurs­ery, Brom­mersvlei Rd, Con­stan­tia. Con­tact 082 365 0050 or ROSE PRUN­ING: Join a free rose prun­ing demon­stra­tion with Lud­wig Taschner. July 20 and 21, 10.30am. Lud­wigs Roses, Winelands, R304 of­framp on N1, Klein Joost­en­berg, Mul­der­svlei. No book­ing needed. Con­tact 021 884 4552.

BED OF ROSES: In 1996 the Madiba rose was re­leased by Lud­wig’s Roses as a trib­ute to for­mer pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela.

PLANT in­dige­nous gaza­nia.

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