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Create a garden for bees

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Creating a Garden for Bees

Plant a variety of plants that flower throughout the year.

Bees like flowers that are blue, yellow, violet and purple.

Bees are attracted to fragrant flowers.

Avoid the use of pesticides.

 

Trees

Acacia karroo - Sweet Thorn

Apodytes dimidiate – White Pear

Berchemia zeheri – Red Ivory

Brachylaena discolour - Forest Silver Oak

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Create a garden for butterflies

Don't use any pesticides and convert to an organic garden.

Plant trees as a larval host plant.

Leave open sunny areas.

Create wild, exclusion areas with grasses and a wide variety of plants.

A pond will provide water and a mud puddle.

Plant a hedge if you live in a windy area.

Butterflies are also attracted to rotting fruit, animal droppings, nectar made from honey in water and beer. 

The best time to watch butterflies is between 11 and 3 pm on sunny, windless days.

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Bulb Flowering Guide

Bulbous Plants – Flowering Calendar

Spring Flowering

Albuca nelsonii - Candelabrum Lily (Flowers in Sep to Dec)

Albuca tortulosa - (Flowers in Oct)

Aristea ecklonii - Blue Stars (Flowers in Oct to Dec)

Boophane disticha – Tumbleweed (Flowers in Jul to Oct)

Bulbiine abyssinian - Golden Stars (Flowers in Spring)

Bulbine frutescens - Stalked Bulbine (Flowers in Sept to Jun)

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Water wise entrance garden ideas

The most important thing to consider is visibility as one would not like to be responsible for an accident. Stick to low growing succulent plants which are colourful, waterwise and low maintenance. One can achieve a colourful entrance garden as there are many succulents with various shaped leaves and colourful leaves, Remember to plant with good compost and organic fertilizer and mulch well after planting to retain the moisture in the soil.Some plant suggestions are:

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Benefits of planting trees

Trees absorb carbon dioxide during the process of photosynthesis and release oxygen which we need to live. Those that grow on river banks reduce erosion and flooding. A treeless environment would not only be a great loss to all the birds, animals and insects that rely on trees but a very strange world. They do beautify the landscape and provide an environment for breeding and feeding for a diversity of wildlife. The shade in summer that is created by large trees reduces the cost of air conditioning whereas they slow the cold winds in winter and this saves heating costs.

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Dyes made from Indigenous plants

Acacia burkei root dye is yellow.

Acacia caffra gives a light brown colour

Acacia karroo bark gives a reddish colour

Acacia meliffera woodash dyes a red brick colour

Acacia sieberana gives a grey colour

Aloe zebrina and Aloe marlothii roots are used for a yellowish brown dye.

Aloe cryptopoda roots produce a reddish brown colour.

Berchemia discolour roots also produce a reddish brown colour whereas the boiled fruit gives an orange dye.

Carissa macrocarpa fruit is boiled to produce a pink dye.

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Indigenous Love Charms

Love Charms

Acacia caffra – roots are a love charm

Aptemia cordifolia – tuber infusion to bath babies

Asparagus virgatus – Love charm and a protective charm

Burchellia bubalina roots

Combretum erythrophyllum roots are an aphrodisiac and the bark aids fertility

Cyrtanthus breviflorus – love charm and has protective qualities

Dombeya rotundifolia

Gladiolus dalenii – love and fertility charm, brings good luck

Gazania rigens – root infusion is a love charm

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Evergreen Trees for Butterflies

To attract butterflies

Acocanthera oppositifolia - Bushman’s Poison

Bauhinia galpinii - Pride Of De Kaap

Bauhinia natalensis - Natal Bauhinia

Buddleja auriculata - Weeping Sage

Buddleja saligna  -   False Olive

Buddleja salvifolia – Sagewood

Combretum molle - Velvet Bushwillow

Dodonaea angustifolia - Sand Olive

Euclea crispa - Blue Guarri

Euclea natalensis - Natal Guarri

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Evergreen trees for a bird garden

To attract birds ,fruit, nectar and nesting

Apodytes dimidiata - White Pear

Burchellia bubalina - Wild Pomegranate

Calpurnia aurea  -  Wild Laburnum

Carissa macrocarpa - Big Num Num

Diospyros whyteana - Bladder Nut

Dodonaea angustifolia - Sand Olive

Duvernoia aconitifolia - Lemon Pistol Bush

Grewia occidentalis - Crossberry

Halleria lucida - Tree Fuchsia

Harpephyllum caffrum - Wild Plum

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