[RAMONA’S GARDENING TIPS]
• Find your passion. Mine was roses and I decided to find out everything I possibly could about them. • Group plants with the same growing requirements together – like those that need lots of water or very little. Some plants are very adaptable and can be grown anywhere; experiment and see what works in your garden. • A cohesive colour scheme will help you to achieve a country look in your garden. • I love groundcovers; they form a natural mulch for the soil (see our story on groundcovers on page 90). • Along with masses of flowers, you can also use hedges to add shape to your garden. • I feed my roses with Ludwig’s Vigorosa. In spring and during the rainy season they also get Chronos (I pour the dissolved mixture over the root zone); in winter I prune the roses back quite hard. • I control aphids with a spray mixture of 5 tablespoons dishwashing liquid, 5ml eucalyptus oil and 5L water.
Double pink poppies are beautifully displayed against the purple flower clusters of Chinese wisteria.
Page over to see how Ramona entertains in style.
Chinese wisteria Ramona het die ou grasperk vervang met tuinpaadjie van sementblokke en gruis.
An angel sits atop a birdbath(above) – one of six water features in the garden.