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									Autumn 2005 – Newsletter Hi to all Readers January to March is not the best time of the year in Zululand. Not only do humans and animals suffer from the enervating heat and humidity, many Frustrating, of our prize plants just turn up their toes and die. Frustrating, to say the least. It is therefore better for our nerves not to plant Cape things like Pelargoniums, or else, to accept the fact that most of them “Zofa” as my Zulu friends say. our It is much less stressful to live with things one cannot change, like our dear friends the monkeys. If we take care not to induce them to do evil deeds (like leaving tempting bowls of dog food out, or small children parading in front of hungry monkeys with delectable tidbits in their our grubby paws) we can share the bounty of our gardens. Remember they are not destructive when they just take a bite and throw nonthe fruit down. Evolution programmed them to do this in order for nonclimbing animals to access the food (in the same fashion elephants push monkeys over trees). They are monkeys not humans, or else they would be in side and we would be in the trees. Myself, I would rather perch in a tree particularly if it is a Tassel Berry (Antidesma venosum) loaded with juicy berries right now. The bird parties have to be seen to be believed! believed! Umdoni (Syzygium cordatum) attracts the beautiful gwalagwala or purple crested turaco (remember their names have changed). All the various Eugenias are full of fruit, attractive small trees with glossy leaves, an asset for any garden. The umKhuhlus, or Trichilia emetica are also fruiting. If you want to go big and shady, this is the tree for you.

Its sister the Forest Mahogany, Trichilia dregeana has similar attributes, but can be grown in a pot. Imagine an evergreen beauty near your pool or house. The Gardener is a very informative gardening magazine and the latest edition has a lovely illustrated article on the River Indigo (Indigofera jucunda). We have sold many and created incredible beauty sorry for months at a time, by doing so you will never be sorry if you plant this small tree/shrub. Talking about problem animals, mole rats like the taxman is always with us. I’ve had some glowing reports about the new mole repellants. I experiences prefer the live alternative, a Jack Russell terrier. My precious experiences with repellants from dog doo to sophisticated machines have been the same as with anti wrinkle potions. Mole rats and monkeys are part of the biorich fabric of bio-diversity. Plant your precious bulbs in sunken plastic pots (though one customer told me a male rat climbed into such a pot from the top and devoured the plant). Perhaps mole rats will be in parliament soon. I tactfully did not enquire, whether he actually saw the male rat doing this. As my sister says there ones are times when one must keep ones mouth zipped. I hate zips of any kind. I would Velcro or staple everything if I had my way. Remember to give your garden its late summer organic fertilizer dressing. It makes all the difference. We stock an excellent brand. all Plectranthuses are in all their glory now. Did you know that Plectranthus amboinicus (Country Borage) a succulent perennial, which will not die in February, like thyme, makes a delicious substitute for the latter? Anyway own. the aromatic leaves are a sensual experience on their own. Remember our web site at You can check availability etc. or else drive to our idyllic setting where our friendly staff 12/13 will advise you. Trust you enjoyed the open gardens in Kloof 12/13 March 2005.

Email: Web page: PO Box 575 Mtunzini. 3867 035035-3402947 Ph: 035-3402530 / Fax: 035-3402947 Cell: 083 630 6466 Jonathan / Suzy / Roy / Pearl

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