Archive | April, 2009
Durban Botanic Gardens Permaculture Training Centre

Permaculture course

On Saturday I attended a permaculture workshop at the Durban Botanic Gardens run by Bharathi Tugh and her husband Reggie. Both are experienced permaculturists and work extensively with schools in KwaZulu-Natal through the Woolworths Eduplant Trust and Food & Trees for Africa. The workshop was well attended and dealt with some fascinating topics, including the […]

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Succulent mystery, part two

Succulent mystery, part two

A couple of months back, Sonya posted a photograph of a succulent with an interesting flower.  I have a succulent with a similar leaf structure to Sonya’s and with an equally interesting, but different flower.  Any suggestions as to what it is?

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Feed me to the worms

Every Clivia Miniata I have planted in our garden has been slowly but surely eaten alive by worms. It is the most distressing thing to see such a lush green plant being slowly destroyed. I have not gone the poison root for obvious reasons and so have had to say farewell, one by one, to […]

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Scented Grass Bulbine

Scented Grass Bulbine

In an earlier post, I wrote about  the Bulbine latifolia.  I also have another species of bulbine, the Scented Grass or Narrow-leaved Bulbine, in my garden and it has just started flowering.  It has tiny, delicate, starry-yellow flowers which shoot out on stalks, about 50cm high.  It is very easy to propagate – by dividing […]

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Red flower - good or bad?

Red flower – good or bad?

This creeper has taken over a whole section of my garden, even growing up a paw-paw tree.  It has a very beautiful flower but I’m suspicious that it may be an invader – does anyone recognise it?

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