Décor & Gardening

April in the garden

April in the garden

This month we’re planting…

Agastache ‘Arizona Sandstone’ that produces masses of terracotta-orange edible, mint-scented flowers that birds and butterflies also love. The plant is compact, useful for containers, or planted with other perennials in the garden. It looks good combined with dark red or bronze-leaved plants. It is drought tolerant, grows in full sun, in normal to sandy soil that drains well. It survives frost in sheltered gardens but in very cold areas is best treated as an annual. Sprinkle the flowers into salads and desserts.

Indoor plant… Peperomia ‘Happy Beans’ are compact growers, great for desk tops, kitchen counters and even the kid’s rooms. The leaves look like a cross between sugar-snap peas and green beans, so the kids can have their greens but not have to eat them! Yippee. Easy to grow, they like good indirect light, moderate watering (let the soil dry out between watering) and trim them to keep in shape.

 

Garden tasks for April

  • Rake up fallen leaves and make compost with them
  • Sow Namaqualand daises, and plant spring bulbs and winter and spring annuals; calendula, pansies, violas, primulas, Iceland poppies, bellis perennis.
  • Divide overcrowded perennials once they stop flowering. They will settle in and be ready to flower again in spring.
  • Fertilise azaleas, camellias and other spring flowering shrubs with Vigorosa and water well afterwards.
  • Mow lawns once a week and fertilise with 5:1:5: or Vigorosa once more before winter.
  • In summer rainfall areas sow broad beans, carrots, leeks, lettuce, parsnips, peas, radish, Swiss chard and turnips. In winter rainfall areas this list can be extended to include beetroot, cabbage, celery, and onions.

 

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Its time to READ competition

A wise man once quipped: Creativity is contagious. Pass it on. Albert Einstein certainly knew what he was speaking about, and when it comes to encouraging creativity and imagination in our youth, just think of the untold treasure, waiting to be discovered!

 

Glad to go camping

The kids are on their mid-year hols and a camping weekend’s on the cards. Woo hoo.

 

How are you enjoying your Cadbury Breakaway?

Chocolate wrapped and filled wafer. On a chilly winter night, there’s really not much more we want than this, a mug of coffee and a good book.

 

July spoil

Adventure awaits…

 

Buon appetito!

With nothing but a suitcase full of dreams and her faithful friend ‘the cello’, Cecilia Di Cecco left Italy to work as a musician with the KZNPO in Durban. Here she learnt to cultivate her music and at the same time began a love affair with food that eventually led to the recent launch of her first cookbook, Cucina in South Africa.

 

A fairy tale for modern times

Being massive fans of everything royal (especially the recent wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry) we absolutely cannot wait for the release of this 124 page royal bookazine, The Royal Wedding: A People Magazine Exclusive Collector’s Souvenir (R100).

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