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Home Gardens / Hardy palms wanted
« on: July 26, 2015, 21:54:03 PM »
Hi guys.

Does anyone perhaps know of a nursery/private person in SA that stock some of the species below? It is possible to get seeds from the US, but many of these are desert plants and really slow growing.

Would appreciate any leads.

Trithrinax campestris
Brahea armata
Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera
Nannorrhops arabica (Silver)


General / Aloes
« on: June 30, 2014, 19:14:03 PM »
We visited Andy de Wet's Aloe farm near the Hartbeespoort dam yesterday. Like usual this time of the year, it was stunning. If you are anywhere close-by, do yourself the favour and go and take a look.

Even you guys in the Western Cape should drive to Swellendam and visit Jaap Viljoen's Rooiklip nursery.

General / Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve
« on: May 04, 2014, 19:14:12 PM »
Hi everyone.

I've been planning to visit this reserve for some time now, but due to mostly bad reports on the infrastructure and general state of things, haven't got round to it.

However, we drove there this afternoon, and things were mostly as reported regarding management and upkeep. Regardless, we went for the nature, and it being one of the only decent sized nature areas in Gauteng, in that regard it didn't disappoint.

The 66km of roads are still in decent shape as traffic is light. The weren't loads of animals to be seen, but we did spot a few groups of zebra, think I saw blue-wildebeest in the distance, a small herd of Kudu and a solitary red-hartebeest.

Plant-wise we saw some stunning Marlothii aloes, no sign of flowers yet, and some Kalanchoe's in flower.



General / Summer Succulent garden
« on: February 10, 2014, 18:56:49 PM »
As it's so quiet on the forum lately, here are some photos of a 2 year old garden I did.

Just to show that aloes and succulent can be really pretty, even in summer. Some aloe species flower in summer, and some hybrids will flower twice a year.


Home Gardens / Butterfly Bush and an unknown plant
« on: November 16, 2013, 13:00:58 PM »
Good day everyone.

Interesting shrub you can consider. Just needs a bit of frost protection.

Cerodendrum Ugandense,  Blue Butterfly Bush.

I saw these plant flowering in a field near Benoni. I have no idea if it is indigenous or exotic. Have anyone else seen them before?



Bulbs / Lachenalia
« on: August 30, 2013, 10:28:49 AM »
Good day.

Here is a photo or 2 of some Lachenalias now in flower. They are a genus of Southern African bulbs we should grow much more often. Some lovely cultivars have been developed here in SA, something we can be proud of.

There are a variety of colours, but I missed some of my earlier ones.

General / Interspecie Clivias.
« on: July 15, 2013, 21:59:23 PM »
Myself and Rena had a discussion on these plants, and how underappreciated they are.

Keeping in mind that most flower now in the Southern Hemisphere, in the middle of winter, it is a shame that more people doesn't grow them.

If you are a clivia fundi, you can stop reading here! For the rest, just a short intro and description. Obviously, more can be found on the Clivia Forum, but for the general gardening guys, here you go:

There are 6 species of clivia, the most common being the open, flared petal (sepal) Miniata.

The others are all tubular species. (klokkies) With much smaller and  narrower flowers. They are Gardenii, Robusta, Caulescens, Nobilis and Mirabilis.

The interesting and important thing for us is that you can cross pollinate (mix) these plants with Miniata, and get some very interesting results.

Very important as well are something called Hybrid vigour. (Baster krag) This is a term often used in the breeding of food plants.

Hybrids often grow faster, and flower sooner than either parent plant. And as I said earlier, they flower now, in winter.

The clivia forum had a small Interspecific show this past weekend. Here follows a few photos.

Hope you enjoyed these, and consider it for your garden.

Hi everyone.

I've also been a bit scarce for a while...
Will do a post or 2 in future.

A friend of mine is looking for Orange Rainlilies. I Googled it, and only found some US growers. Does anyone know of local growers in SA?

It seems many new hybrids are being developed by Fadjar Marta in Indonesia.


General / For Susan
« on: November 13, 2012, 22:58:49 PM »
I thought I shared these a while ago, but  can't seem to find them.

Anyway, Susan, these are some of your gifts growing in Upington.

General / Aloes in flower (9 photos)
« on: September 15, 2012, 21:27:18 PM »
Good day everyone. Aloe time is not yet officially finished, but as the forum is a bit quiet, I will do my post on aloes that I promised a while ago.

Most of these plants are hybrids, photographed at various growers' gardens.


General / Aloe Tomentosa
« on: July 08, 2012, 18:35:35 PM »
Hi everyone.

Thought to share this natural wonder with you. It's from the Yemen in Arabia.

Tried really hard to get some seedsetting  last year, but no luck. Might need another one of the same species, as none of the hybridising I tried, worked.

Regards. (Keep watching this space, as I'm planning a nice post on aloes.)

Climbers / Corkscrew vine
« on: June 09, 2012, 21:08:56 PM »
Hi, this was mentioned a while ago under Snail vine. Don't know if you guys have seen it before.

I was given some pods of this today, and looked up some pics.

Tell me what you think!

Suggestions/Questions / Grow lights
« on: March 04, 2012, 23:39:22 PM »
Good day everyone.

I don't know if any of you use grow lights, I remember Abby posted a yellow clivia that she flowered after only 2 years, using them.

I'm thinking of boosting some clivia seedlings this coming winter.

I've found a few products that's not too expensive. Have any of you tried them before?

I will appreciate any input.


Bonsai / Princess Persimmon - Diospyros rhombifolia
« on: April 30, 2010, 09:42:18 AM »
Hello everyone.

I have been very lucky to see a number of very nice Oriental trees in Korea, that is perfect for bonsai. Luckily I found some seeds of a few species, so hopefully I will have a few growing soon.

The first was small trees I saw for sale in a Gwacheon plant/flower market. The fruit were brown, and some were on the ground, so I asked the owner for a few.

The shape seemed very suited to bonsai, so I got the name (in Korean..! and with a friend's help, translated it. This is what I found.

A small leaved persimmon very popular for bonsai because of their dwarf habit, small flowers and small round orange fruit. Fruits are usually one to two inches. Leaves are one to two inches long and dark green. Leaf stems, wood, and roots are black. Very difficult to obtain in the US. D. rhombifolia is polygamodioecious, that is, they are essentially dioecious (male and female plants), but there are a few complete flowers on some plants. For bonsai purposes, you should consider them to be male and female. Only females will fruit and the presence of a male plant will probably be necessary for pollination.

Isn't this just awesome?

Has anyone seen these for sale in SA?

Climbers / Hanging Gourds
« on: March 19, 2010, 15:06:51 PM »
While we were discussing different creepers, I forgot to mention something we have encountered here in Korea.

They use decorative gourds as arbor plants. I think this is a very artistic way of decorating pergolas and other frames. Remember that these vines also have nice flowers before they produce fruit. Some are yellow, and others are white.
I bought a few different types of gourds/pumpkins to try back home.

Take a look at some of these.

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