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Water saving ideas

The most efficient way to water is using a drip system which is on a timer and which works at night, except in the winter. During the winter be sure to only water in the mornings. We all forget that the sprinkler is on, so either install a timer that will switch off the water, or set a timer on your phone or watch. A watering can is a sensible way to water newly planted seed or plants as you will then know exactly how much water you are giving the plants. Gardeners love to fleetingly water the top 2 cm of soil and this will evaporate very quickly.
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Black spots on Vachellia/ Acacia xanthophloea bark

Unfortunately this fungal disease is rather common on Fever Trees. The fungus has been identified as a rust, similar to Uromyces. The suggestion is to totally spray the trunks with triazole type fungicides. (Defender or Bumper 30 ml per 100 L water) Probably the most popular treatment is a total drench with Trichotec --- Trichoderma spp. A living fungi that is antagonistic to many other pathogenic fungi. After the drench it is essential to cover as much of the treated trunk with newspaper to shield the Trichoderma from ultra violet light for a few weeks.
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The meaning of flower colours

Red flowers send a clear message of love and passion while orange flowers offer happiness and joy. Pink flowers combine innocence, playfulness and sensitivity. Yellow flowers represent friendship, trust, compassion and respect and blue flowers have a calming effect and are associated with serenity. Purple flowers symbolize charm, grace, elegance and refinement while white flowers are associated with purity, honesty, perfection and innocence.
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Love Charms made from SA plants

Acacia caffra – roots are a love charm. Aptemia cordata 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. Gloriosa suberba – aphrodisiac and love charm, aids impotence and infertility. Heteropyxis natalensis – bark is an aphrodisiac and treats impotence.
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The Language of flowers

The language of flowers dates back to the early Chinese Dynasties and was brought to Europe by the King of Sweden in 1714. Queen Victoria’s fascination with the language of flowers in 1847 prompted her to spread the word throughout the world. Ironically it came full circle as Kate Middleton chose specific flowers for her bouquet when she married William in 2011. The flowers Kate used in her bouquet were : Lily of the Valley for the return of happiness. Hyacinth for the constancy of love. Ivy for fidelity and friendship. Other South African flower meanings :
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