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All on trees and shrubs / Quercus ilex
« on: February 27, 2015, 14:45:55 PM »
In 2012, May 27th, I posted a request on this forum for members to identify a tree in my garden.

I always thought that it was a Quercus ilex and now I have the proof. After 14 years we discovered 4 small acorns on the tree! At the moment the one in the picture measures 2.5 cm x 1.4 cm.


Bulbs / Agapanthus
« on: February 17, 2015, 16:02:21 PM »

It is a pity that agapanthus stems are cut as soon as the flowers are spent. I remove the dead flowers and then the stems with green seeds make a beautiful display for a few weeks more. This only applies to the big plants and not the dwarfs cultivars.

General / Encephalartos lebomboensis
« on: February 11, 2015, 14:14:28 PM »
My lebomboensis is pushing five cones. 

General / Fungus attacking my Dymondia
« on: June 07, 2014, 16:32:50 PM »

An unknown fungus is going rampant  in my Dymondia! I tried Dithane but to no avail!

I interplanted the concrete blocks about 12 years ago with this very effective groundcover. It was beautiful until a few weeks ago. The bare spots are becoming bigger and bigger. Must say that this time of the year its is in the shade of big shrubs.

Please advise!

All on trees and shrubs / Kapok tree
« on: April 26, 2014, 09:21:16 AM »

I saw this beautiful kapok tree (Chorisia speciosa) in Racecourse Road in Durbanville a few days ago.

Bulbs / Veltheimias
« on: September 14, 2013, 16:55:30 PM »

My veltheimias, yellow and pink, flowering now.

General / Aloe variegata
« on: August 30, 2012, 20:57:01 PM »

The plant in the square pot I received as a gift five years ago. It was flowering at the time and I later harvested a number of seeds and now the babies are all in flower too!

Home Gardens / Camelia japonica
« on: June 26, 2012, 20:42:15 PM »

About the only colour in my garden at the moment!

All on trees and shrubs / Please ID this tree
« on: May 27, 2012, 21:38:37 PM »
This query initially appeared under What's going on in your garden in May 2012.

In the previous post Jan vL mentioned it might be a Ficus, but damaged leaves or twigs do not secrete a milky substance. It is also not a camphor tree, because I have a camphor tree growing right next to it. You can see some of the branches behind the cycad on the right hand side.

Here is a photo of the leaves of the unidentified tree (left) and the camphor tree (right) viewed from the back and front. Note this differences in colour and form of the leaves.

In spring new fluffy, whitish leaves and very small flowers appear, but no acorns. I will post photos of the flowers and seed next spring.

Anuals, bianuals and perennuals, / Please ID
« on: January 10, 2012, 17:36:23 PM »

A friend asked me to ID this plant. Any idea what it could be? It forms a bush. The flowers are borne on long, slender stems with flowers and small leaves all along the stems. The person who gave it to her called it "Tannie met die Rooi Rokkie" (Lady with the red dress).


General / Encephalarthos villosus
« on: March 14, 2010, 12:40:52 PM »
Hi Abbey,

I'm re-posting my question as you requested here about whether my cycad is male or female.  Here is a photo of the cones taken today.

E. villosus

At the moment the measurements of two of the three cones are: 33 cm x 12.5 cm and 34 cm x 13 cm respectively.
The present ratio length to width is about 2.5 : 1 but will probably change as the cones are still growing.

Yesterday I visited the website of the Cycad Society SA for more information:

I hope a "plant gynaecologist" will resolve the matter for all of us!
Kind regards,

Bulbs / Hippeastrum reticulatum var. striatifolium
« on: March 07, 2010, 09:32:30 AM »
Hi Everyone,
Could you please identify this bulbous plant?
The person who gave the bulbs to me said it bears beautiful pink flowers.

Suggestions/Questions / Gardener Forum cookie
« on: November 24, 2008, 12:01:56 PM »

Hi All,

Why is it that every time I run my antivirus programme it displays under "Threats" a cookie originating from Gardener Forum? In tandem with this I now also have to provide my password every time I open Gardener Forum even though I indicate that the programme must remember it. Any suggestions?

General / Aloe disease
« on: September 04, 2008, 23:34:25 PM »

I noticed white spots on the leaves on this aloe recently given to me. My friend said that it had been caused be red spider and that he had already treated it with Metasystox. Do you agree with his diagnosis or is it something else? Is it safe to put it among my other aloes/plants?
It is a probably a cross between a ferox and another species and bears beautiful yellowish flowers.

General / A borer has struck our Acacia galpini
« on: June 08, 2008, 15:48:07 PM »
Hi all,

In spring 2007 our young Acacia galpini (Apiesdoring) lost all it's leaves. To my surprise most of the branches sprouted new leaves by mid-summer. A week ago one of the dead branches snapped, and on closer inspection we discovered borers (2.5 - 3 cm long) in the dead wood. Can anyone please identify them for me?

We removed all the dead wood and poured a strong solution of Kelprin (garden insecticide) into the tunnels left by the borers. The remaining branches look healthy but I'm worried that the borers will attack them too. And what about other trees in our garden?


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