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Aloe flowering guide

January
Aloe tenuior, Rambling, 3m
Aloe zebrina, Spotted Aloe, 0.5m
Aloe cooperi, Grass Aloe, 1.2m
February
Aloe dyeri, Spotted (Shade), 2m
Aloe zebrina, Spotted Aloe, 0.5m
Aloe cooperi, Grass Aloe, 1.2m
March
Aloe dyeri, Spotted (Shade), 2m
Aloe zebrina, Spotted Aloe, 0.5m
Aloe cooperi, Grass Aloe, 1.2m
April
Aloe dyeri, Spotted (Shade), 2m
May
Aloe marlothii, Single Stem, 2-4m

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Game - trees utilised by game.

This list will be useful if you need to rehabilitate a game farm.
It will also make your next trip to a wilderness area more interesting
as you observe what the game are eating.
We have not listed the grass species.
Acacia burkei – Leaves browsed by black rhino, elephant, giraffe, kudu, nyala, impala, steenbuck and grey duiker. Pods by game and bushbabies. Gum by monkeys.
Acacia caffra – considered a good fodder tree, utilized by black rhino.

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Plants that provide nectar for sunbirds all year

Sunbird Food All Year

 Spring – Watsonia, Pincushions, Cotyledon orbiculata, Schotia brachypetala, Strelitzia            reginae, Erythrina, Halleria lucida, Tecoma capensis

  Summer – Kniphofia uvaria, Burchellia bubaline, Agapanthus inapertus, Ericas, Aloe striata, Aloe cooperii

 Autumn – Leonotis leonurus, Velthemia bracteata, Strelitzia reginae, Tecoma capensis

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How to stop cats from digging in your garden bed.

Take a spray bottle and fill to 4/5 with water. Add several drops of one of the following essential oil: peppermint, eucalyptus, lemongrass or lavender. You could also do this for your house plants or to stop cats from scratching furniture. Adding coffee grounds around the plants also helps to keep cats away. 

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Informal hedging, screen, wind-break.

Aloe arborescens Bauhinia galpini Bauhinia tomentosa Brachyleana discolor Buddleja auriculata Buddleja saligna Buddleja salvifolia Chrysanthemoides monilifera Coleonema alba Diospyros lycioides Diospyros whyteana Dodonaea angustifolia Dovyalis caffra Duvernoia angustifolia Ehretia rigida Freylinia lanceolata Freylinia tropica Gardenia cornuta Gardenia thunbergii Gardenia volkensii Grewia occidentalis Halleria lucida Kiggelaria africana Leucosidea sericea Noltea africana Olea europea subsp africana Plumbago aurticulata Phoenix reclinata Pittosporum viridiflorum Podocarpus henkelii
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Flowers for the vase.

Agapanthus praecox - Common Agapanthus, Aloe arborescens - Krantz Aloe Amaryllis belladonna, Asparagus sp, Bulbine sp, Chondropetalum tectorum, Clivia miniata - Clivia, Cotyledon orbiculata - Pig's Ear, Crassula multicava - Fairy Crassula, Crinum bulbispermum and others, Crocosmia aurea - Falling Stars, Cussonia paniculata - Cabbage Tree, Dierama pendulum - Hairbell, Dombeya rotundifloia - Wild Pear, Eucomis autumnalis - Pineapple Flower, all ferns, Gerbera jamesonii - Barberton Daisy, Gloriosa superba - Flame Lily, Greyia sutherlandii - Natal Bottlebrush, Helichrysum petiolare - Imphepho,
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Frost hardy shrubs

Anisodontea Classic serice – Pink Mallow Anthericum – Weeping Anthericum – (white) Barleria Purple Prince – (purple) Chondropetalum tectorum – Cape Thatching Reed Cotyledon orbiculata – Pig;s ears (Pink) Eriocephalus Africana – Wild Rosemary (white) Euryops plectinatus – Golden Daisy Bush (yellow) Freylinia tropica – Blue Freylinia Freylinia lanceolata – Honeybell Bush – (yellow) Gomphostigma virgata – River Stars – (white) Hibiscus peduncularis – Forest Hibiscus – (Pink) Hypoestes aristata – Ribbon Bush – (purple) Leonotis leonurus – Wild Dagga – (orange or yellow)
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Frost hardy climbers and groundcovers

Climbers Clematis brachiata – Traveller’s Joy (white) Gloriosa superba – Flame Lily (orange) Podranea – Port St John’s or Zimbabwe creeper (pink) Groundcovers Artotheca calendula – Cape Marigold (Yellow) Asparagus sp – Cat’s Tails Asparagus Bulbine frutescens – Stalked Bulbine (Yellow) Carpobrotis – Sour Fig – (Pink) Crassula expansa – Felicia amelloides – Kingfisher daisy (blue/white) Helichrysum sp – (white/yellow) Gazania rigens – Trailing Gazania (yellow/ white) Lampranthus - Vygies Lobelia species Osteospermum – Mauve and white trailing daisy Othonna capensis - Scabiosa - Pincushion
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