FYNBOS Fragrance

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Corfetti bush (Coleonema)
If you’ve ever taken a stroll in an area where fynbos occurs naturally, you’ll know that it has a distinctive fragrance. Scents of honey and herbs fill the air. It’s as if you can smell the plants growing. Fragrance is a lot more evocative than most people realize – have you ever noticed how people close their eyes when they smell something nice? That’s because smell and memory are closely linked. 
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Pink Coleonema flowers
Perhaps you’d like to recapture some lovely memory by creating the fragrance of fynbos in your garden? You probably won’t get the full aromatic bouquet, but you can go a long way towards capturing that elusive scent.

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Agathosma ovate
The buchu family’s is responsible for many of the wonderful herby aromas of the fynbos. That’s because their leaves are covered with tiny gland that secrete aromatic oils. The popular confetti bush (Coleonema) is a member of the buchu family. If you brush your hand against the leaves and then smell them, you’ll get lovely herby scent that smells a bit like tea-tree oil. The confetti bush is also a great example to prove a point; fynbos isn’t all that difficult to grow and not all buchus are difficult garden subjects.

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Agathosma serpyllacea
The buchus tat fall into the genus Agathosma give you the widest range of fragrances imaginable. There are spicy aromas, lemon scents, garlic notes and ever liquorice fragrances. You’ll recognize agathosma plants by the characteristic pink, white or lilac powder-puff flowers that most of them produce in late winter and spring.

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Agathosma apiculata
Agathosma apiculato is responsible for the garlic fragrance you’ll encounter in coastal fynbos, especially after rain. It’s a distinctive aroma that conjures up pleasant memories for many of us. This low-growing shrub has white flowers, but it’s the leaves that give off the marvelous aroma.

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Hymenolepis critmoides

Pink or white-flowering Agathosma ciliaris has a delightful scent, and taller-growing Agathosma ovate gives off a spicy aroma that’s difficult to define.
There are quite a few species of buchu available commercially, but be warned; your nose gets overwhelmed once you’ve smelled a few and agter a while it gets difficult to distinguish one aroma from another! Still, it’s lots of fun shopping with your nose.

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Hermannia
Another important component of the fynbos fragrance is the scent oh honey. Of course, the honeybush (Cyclopia) is one of the plants that add this rich fragrance to the aroma of fynbos. This time it’s the flowers that give off the scent, and the clusters of bright golden blooms really brighten up a winter’s day.
Not all the honey-scented blooms of the fynbos appear in winter. If you’ve ever driven down Sir Lowry’s Pass in the summer, you may have noticed shrubs with silvery foliage topped off with saucer-sizes cluster of lime-green buds that open to reveal bright golden petals. This plants goes by the name Hymenolepis crithmoides – quite a mouthful!

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Cyclopia genistoides
Spring is the time when a pretty groundcover called Hermannia Pinnata flavours the air with a taste of honey. The little bell-like blooms hardly seem capable or producing such a strong scent!

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Coleonema pulchtum “Sunset Gold’
If you’d like to create a fynbos garden, the most important factor is drainage. Most fynbos plants don’t like wet feet, so lots of compost will get you off to a good start. Compost will also help your soil to retain water without being soggy, and since most fynbos plants have fine roots that easily become desiccated, a good layer of mulch will also help to get you plants safely established.
Fynbos plants are only delicate during the first few months after planting. Once their foots are established, they’re actually quite drought-tolerant. They don’t like having their roots disturbed, so don’t let weeds get too big and don’t dig over the soil when doing garden maintenance.

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Coleonema alba (white breath of heaven)

‘To feed or not to feed fynbos?’ Is a commond question that confuses horticulturist and gardeners a like. For many years it was believed that one should never give fynbos plants any fertilizer whatsoever. Here’s the low-down: don’t use superphosphate, and bonemeal is unnecessary! That’s it. Slow-release fertilizers, organic fertilizers or a light dressing of 3:1:5 well watered in are all safe to use on fynbos plants and will enhance their growth. If you want to add a bit of fertilizer to the backfill when planting, go for really good, controlled-release fertilizer, the sort that lasts 3-6 months, and don’t overdo it.

When the Eden Project in the UK planted fynbos in one of their domes, they decided to stick to the ‘no fertilizer for fynbos’s philosophy. The result? Their fynbos plants didn’t grow well.
Last but not least, you will get the best results if you prune your fynbos plants. The buchus and ericas prefer regular, light trimming – a light ‘haircut’ every now and the prevents them from looking woody and gives them a lovely shape. Honeybush prefers a hard prune after flowering and light trims from time to time once it resprouts.
Now all you need to do is place a garden bench near your scented garden, spend a few minutes relaxing there every day and breathing in that lovely bouquet of a aromas Fynbos

Beauty of Bulbs

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Use mass plantings of the one species but in different colours. Tulips.

If you want to enjoy a cheery spring display
of flowering bulbs, start planning now

Autumn begins, it is time to decide which species of bulbs you would like to plant in your garden for a spring display. And if you choose well, bulbs planted now will generally flower in late winter and early summer too, not just in spring.

Growing conditions
There are bulb species suited to every climate but most need to be planted in autumn as the cooler ground temperatures promote flowering. The warmer your climate, the later in autumn you need to plant your bulbs. Most bulbs require an open sunny site with welldrained soil. It is important to have the soil well prepared before planting as it is difficult to improve the soil once the bulbs are planted without disturbing them.

Colour effects
Flowering bulb species are available in every colour of the rainbow, allowing you to create many different looks. For a pretty, relaxing effect, use white flowers and pastel shades of blue and pink randomly mixed together. For example, you could plant out a garden border or a collection of pots with white snowdrops, bluebells and pink tulips.
For an eye-catching look, use mass plantings of the one species but in different colours. You need to use the one species to ensure they will flower at similar times. For example, you could use blocks of red, yellow and orange tulips would to create bold, almost dramatic look.

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Daffodils prefer full- or half-sun locations. They are synonymous with spring and the cheeriest of flowers.
Size and layout
To work out the best layout, you need to know how high the flowers and foliage will grow. Many bulbs have leaves that will sit lower than the flowers; some will have the single flower stem first and then the leaves will shoot through later in the season. If you are planting out in a linear style and the area will only be viewed from one side, use taller, bushier bulbs towards the back of the bed and plant smaller, more delicate bulbs closer to the front.
Depending on the species and your climate, you may be able to leave the bulbs in the garden after they flower. This will mean the bulbs will spread, taking up more area each year. If leaving bulbs in the ground, mark where they are or draw a plan of where they are growing so you don’t accidentally dig them up when gardening at other times of the year.

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Freesias come in an array of colours and like freedraining oil and a sunny location. Ideal for cut flowers.
Flowering times 
It may take a few springs to work out the exact flowering times in your garden as these will diff er depending on the plant species, general climate and diff erent microclimates within your garden but armed with this knowledge, you will be able to orchestrate different types of displays. You might want to have just one area of the garden planted with bulbs to create a spectacular seasonal display for a few weeks. Alternatively, you may like to use a variety of bulbs scattered throughout the garden. This more informal approach enables you to have bulbs flowering in your garden from late winter right through to summer.

Planting ideas -Cooler-climate bulbs: Spider lilies, cyclamens, snowdrops, snowflakes, lily of   the valley, bluebells, crocus, hyacinth, alliums and daff odils.
-Warmer-climate bulbs: Jonquils, ranunculus, watsonia, freesias, baboon flowers, belladonna lilies, corn lilies, dahlias and hippeastrum.

6 Summer Time Leaves Perennials


Brunnera Macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’

Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ Heart-shaped silvered leaves with green veins and rim, plus a spring bonus of blue flowers. Shade loving. 14in (35cm).
ALSO TRY: B. Macrophylla ‘Looking Glass’



Hakonechloa Macra ‘Aureola’
Hakonechloa macra ‘aureola’ Elegant and slow-spreading, with long slender leaves striped in green, yellow and white. 14cm (35cm).
ALSO TRY: Hakonechloa macra ‘Allgold’



Heuchera ‘Caramel’
Heuchera ‘Caramel’ Slightly downy, lobed evergreen foliage in amber, apricot, caramel, yellowish green or red, with red undersides to leaves. 14in (35cm).
ALSO TRY: Heuchera ‘Citronelle’




Hosta ‘Christmas tree’

Hosta ‘Christmas tree’ Slightly ruffled,heart-shaped green leaves edged in yellow that fades to white later. makes an impressive clump. 22in (55cm).
ALSO TRY: Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’


Ophiopogon Planiscapus ‘nigrescens’

Ophiopogon Planiscapus ‘nigrescens’ Slow spreader with long, slender uniquely black evergreen foliage. Looks great against gravel. 8in (20cm).
ALSO TRY: O. planiscapus ‘Black Beard’



Pulmonaria ‘maJesté’


Pulmonaria ‘maJesté’ Shimmering foliage is almost completely silvered, except for a green central vein. At its best when the soil does not dry out. 10in (25cm).
ALSO TRY: Pulmonaria ‘moonshine’




GOOD CARE IN FOLIAGE PERENNIALS
Usually evergreens, notably on pots and pans, will be able to enjoy some cosmetic dental treatment through secateurs and your kitchen scissors

and Have a shot at so herbs don’t frizz simply because it might contribute to ones own foliage in becoming torn and even not as much superb rather than you’d enjoy.
and An intermittent dosage in dissolved rss feed on new season and even ahead of time the summer season can assist that renders start looking their finest.
and Don’t help taller neighborhood friends to help you show up on more compact foliage herbs and even cover ones own colorations.



FOLIAGE DESIGNED FOR POTS AND PANS



FOLIAGE DESIGNED FOR POTS AND PANS
Ajuga, hedera and even heuchera try to make very good spouses designed for keepers

A NUMBER OF FOLIAGE perennials that can be within ones own pinnacle with the summer season try to make fi ne compartment herbs -- regardless if implemented simply because example of beauty herbs on man or woman pots and pans and within the an important different the correct way on much bigger keepers. Brunneras, hakonechloas, heucheras, hostas, ophiopogons and a lot more get bigger clearly on terracotta and cosmetic keepers; choose to shrub one example of beauty at a cookware and shrub three or more at a much bigger cookware. Large hostas, get hold of, might most likely make spectacular includes once three or more herbs can be grown up at a sizeable compartment at which they will likely soon enough merge and appearance to provide a particular grown up shrub.

CREATE A POND IN A POT


 

A barrel makes a perfect pond for a patio display
   
Nymphaea odorata var. minor has fragrant star-shaped white flowers with golden stamens


IF YOU only have a little pond or you plan to construct a tiny pond out of a tub or barrel, it is wise to opt for one of the dwarf waterlily cultivars instead. For instance ‘Pygmaea Rubra’ (a cheery pink form) will only spread to 18in (45cm) and the amber ‘Aurora’ (bred by Latour- Marliac in 1895) reaches just 12in
(30cm) across. The great advantage of cultivating waterlilies in a little pond or tub is their closeness. While those with vast ponds must walk across planks propped up on the banks or sail out in boats to tend their plants, in a little pool they are easily accessible, making division and cleaning easy. Not to mention, they are also much easier to admire and to sniff!

PLANTING TIPS:


■ Purchase a waterproofed wooden barrel or tub or line it with a PVC pond liner and place it in an open, level, sunny spot.
■ Fill with water – ideally rainwater. If you have to use tap water, leave it in an open container for a few days to allow the chlorine to dissipate.
■ Submerge bunches of oxygenating plants to ensure the water stays clear and pure and consider adding marginals, such as Iris versicolor or Caltha palustris, for extra interest.


                  4 Pygmies for pots

‘Pygmaea Helvola’

Bred by monet’s supplier Latour-marliac, has primrose yellow flowers. Depth 4-8in (10-20cm), spread 12in (30cm) AGm




‘aurora’

true to its name, this form blushes through shades of pink and apricot as it ages. Depth 6-12in (15-30cm), spread 12in (30cm)





‘Ellisiana’

A carmine pink waterlily with starry blooms that flush red as they mature. Depth 6-12in (15-30cm), spread 24in (60cm)





‘PygmaEa RubRa’

Ideal for the uK, this small pink-red form loves cool conditions! Depth 6-12in (15-30cm), spread 18in (45cm)

EASY METHODS TO TRIM PLANTS

Easy methods to trim plants
LOWERING BLOSSOMS along with having these people inside your home to relish their scent can be the simplest way to encourage additional bouquets


1. SELECTING

The actual gold guideline would be to choose florida owers the moment these people open up, and when any kind of seedling mind type, reduce all of them away.


2. ORIGINATE DURATION


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3. POLLEN BEETLES

tend to be little dark bugs present in the actual florida owers. Move all of them through developing yellow-colored florida owers or even suspend yellow-colored sticky barriers. Depart reduce flowers inside a dim location and also the beetles may florida be towards the gentle.


5. TRIM PLANT


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10 Tips to Make You Grow Beautiful Roses

Beautiful Roses
Beautiful Roses
  
Planting roses is not difficult, it is important you follow some tips below ...

1. Go to a florist and ask what types of roses can be grown in your area. If it's your first 

    time planting roses it should be done to find out everything about roses. Plants,
    including roses are disease resistant and requires little maintenance.

2. Morning is the best time to plant roses and recommended planting in the sun for at 

    least 6 hours a day. Roses need a lot of light in order to grow properly. If you live in a 
    really hot climate though, you will probably get the best results by not planting your 
    roses in direct sunlight.

6 plants in the room Love in Darkness


After a long search I found a plant that will eventually adorn the hallway in front of my house:
Aspidistra
Aspidistra
1. The aspidistra, usually plants known as Cast Iron, has graced multiple workspaces. Many gardening experts describe the aspidistra as one of the toughest and most house plants adaptable. Leaves are shaped like long slender blades dark green and dark green or variegated white, straight out of the soil but in clumps and up to 75 cm and 15 cm wide. This plant is very easy to take care of him but it looks sweet. The plant is also only need minimal light, average temperature and  watering once a week.

5 indispensable tools for gardening

Gardening as a hobby or to fill time is fun and rewarding. Gardening involves dedication, time and consistency. There are a few things to gardening, namely enjoyment and also some very important equipment.

Below are 5 tools that should not be missed for gardening:
spade
Spade

1. Spade - A gardening spade to the existing grip, length and
width. This tool is used for digging and moving pieces of dirt from one place to another. It can also be used for planting.

Changing Meaning of Garden Houses



Beatiful Garden
Beatiful Garden
Before creating a garden we should consider several things, such as planning and shape of the park, maintenance and aesthetics. For what the park should also be made clear and focused, good only to enjoy its beauty or there is another element.

Usually the beauty of the main goal, while other elements such as ecology, religion, the social support element. However, lifestyle changes from time to time continue to create trend towards the objective of making the home garden.

5 Type Flowers to Start a Garden



5 Type Flowers to Start a garden
5 Type Flowers to Start a garden
The question that often arises when it will begin gardening is where we will plant, what equipment is needed and how it shapes our garden later? How much height and when to bloom? That is the question that is often questioned before starting a garden, you also do not know what kind of flowers would we plant.
This is a list of the five most popular types of flowers chosen gardeners across the United States: