South African plants

Daily Flower Candy: Polygala myrtifolia

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Polygala myrtifolia: myrtle-leaf milkwort, September bush, Augustusbossie   At the end of the summer I often buy plants to plug gaps in the garden, […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Nerine filamentosa

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  When I chose to buy bulbs of Nerine filamentosa, I was wooed by the catalogue description of flowers so delightful that one might […]

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How Does my Garden Grow? August

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  My garden has come together rather later than usual, but come together it has. Unburdened by not opening for the National Gardens Scheme, […]

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How to Persuade Agapanthus to Flower

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  It’s a good year for agapanthus here at The Watch House. A rough count of the flower heads produced by Agapanthus africanus tops […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Osteospermum

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  As indispensable plants for seaside gardens go, ostespermums are high on the list, and most certainly in the top ten. They are low-growing, […]

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Running Late

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  As someone who usually extols the virtues of timeliness, I have been letting myself down rather a lot lately. I planted my spring-flowering […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Streptocarpus saxorum 

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Streptocarpus saxorum: False African violet, Cape primrose. Streptocarpus and I have an on/off love affair. I buy them from the garden centre looking fresh […]

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Gold Medal Gardens – Southern Hemisphere

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Visitors to the Olympic park via the bustling Stratford entrance were for two weeks greeted by the showiest of the London 2012 gardens, representing […]

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