Gardening Tips November

What inspires you? Well for me it is our natural surroundings!
It does not matter which window I look out, I see nature at its best! When you glance out of your windows, what do you see?

  • A blank wall?
  • Something unsightly?

This month we can help you change this with some of our lovely plants. It is the time of year when climbing plants come into their own, with their decorative branches beautifying the environment. There are so many of these creepers but make your choice from Bougainvilleas, Wisteria, Petrea, Clematis, Ivy, Pandorea, Gelsemium, Trachelospermumjasminoides and don’t forget the climbing roses!
Plant any of these now and to help you attach these to your walls, we have wooden trellises and wall panels at bargain prices!

Whew it is soooooo hot that if we can, we gravitate to any shady area. While there do you see an empty spot just waiting to be filled? Well our clivias are just the thing plant them in their specially formulated mix for the best results.

Those with sunny gardens don’t despair! Our euphorbia diamond frost and gauras will add long lasting, trouble free colour. After planting these plants have you flopped down on your lawn and found it was not as soft a landing as you would have liked? Get rid of those bare patches by planting grass seed from Kirchhoff’s or Starke Ayres, both at the irresistible 30% off!
During the second half of the month we help you keep the wind at bay by encouraging you to plant a hedge. Among others we have beautiful buxus, abelia and plumbago! Planted with bone-meal they will thrive!

And still keeping November natural let us attract birds and butterflies to our gardens. We all love birds and butterflies but tend to forget that you cannot have butterflies without caterpillars. This involves a change in mindset. When seeing a caterpillar one needn’t go into panic-and-spray mode, but should remember that plants are adapted to being eaten and won’t just die! After mating, butterflies lay eggs which hatch into caterpillars (the larvae), which eat voraciously! When grown the larva spins a cocoon, a pupa develops and in due course a beautiful butterfly will emerge. Visit our displays to see how to create a suitable environment for butterflies - one needs to have food plants for butterflies as well as food plants for caterpillars in the garden.

- For birds one needs to create a niche which again will mean gardening in a different way. Not all birds will love a neat, open garden - some prefer a remote, densely-planted up area and others need a boggy area while all of them prefer indigenous plants. Again pop in for suggestions of what to plant to encourage these interesting creatures to your garden.We also have lovely birding accessories such as bird-baths, bird-feeders and bird-seed at unbelievable prices.

This is the time for your children’s or grandchildren’s ballet concerts – seeing them in their tutus will no doubt remind you of fuchsias, the ballerinas of the garden! These are excellent plants for semi-shady areas. Feed with a high potassium fertilizer such as 3:1:5 or 8:1:5 to promote flowering. Nip out the tips for the next few weeks to get the maximum number of flowers around Christmas – flowers are produced on the new growth. We have lovely bushes and hanging bowls. Try to plant them where there is lots of air movement as this will naturally reduce the chance of whitefly and red spider-mite infestations which can be a pest on these plants. Red Spidercide, Neudosan and Ludwig’s Insect Spray should help to get rid of these insects!

While you are sitting at dusk in your favourite spot, it would be good to see your garden. How do you make it visible? Use a lot of white plants as they show up at night. A garden with only white-flowering plants in it is called a moon garden. It looks stunning in the dark, is elegant and romantic. Plants with silvery-grey foliage also belong in a white garden – they add a shimmering quality to the whole. Come in and see our all white displays.

This is the month that much activity happens in your garden so that during the holiday period it will look gorgeous and still look good in the new year.

  • Take care of your existing plants by applying fertilizer to the soil surface of all summer flowering plants, tie up the shoots of fast growing climbers, remove the old flower heads from spring flowering shrubs and neaten by pruning out long shoots that spoil the shape of the plant.
  • Control pests - try to take a picture of your problem and then bring it into one of our nurseries for quick identification and cure.
  • Roses are nearing the end of their first flush so dead-heading is a priority.
  • Mow your lawn regularly and feed every six weeks
  • Never buy new plants without buying enough compost for them
  • Keep your topiaries in shape with regular pruning
  • Preserve the moisture in the soil with a thick organic mulch
  • Mulch your hydrangeas with compost, feed with a general fertilizer and water with a solution of iron chelate. Give plants with yellowing leaves a handful of Epson Salts
  • Return your cymbidium orchids to a shady place in the garden
  • Pot on or plant out azaleas which have finished flowering
  • Anthuriums also need repotting every year and then they will flower and last for many years. These plants are ideal for your living room, dining room and bathroom
  • Feed your camellias with high nitrogen fertilizer and water well

At the end of this month, watch out for our fantastic POINSETTIA special. Remember that these vibrant red flowers are a symbol of Christmas and will brighten up any area of your home or patio


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