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Day of Pink

What is the Day of Pink?

April 11, 2018 marks the International Day of Pink. It is a day where communities across the country, and across the world, can unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, and all forms of bullying.

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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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Seed Bombs

Now is the time to start preparing your seed bombs. Take 2 parts of compost and 1 part of clay and your chosen seeds. I would choose a mix of water wise, colourful shrubs and ground covers to brighten up ugly areas that you often drive past. Mix in some water and and form into bombs. Dry slowly, out of the sun and start planning your bombing sites. I would wait until after the first rains before distributing them. Enjoy the fruit of your labour when they germinate and ultimately when they flower. They will be a joy to birds, bees and fellow travellers.
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Choosing plants for the shade garden

When choosing plants for the shade garden, look carefully at aspects like texture and leaf colour. Many of the Plectranthus have interesting, textured leaves which are also fragrant and the Crassula family have glossy leaves and many are interesting shapes. Some of them develop a pinkish outline during the colder months. Variegated leaves also lift the dark shade areas as they bring in the light.
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How to turn straggly plants into neat bushes

Some of our indigenous shrubs have the habit of looking untidy. This can be overcome if we pinch out the top two leaves of the stems/branchlets. This encourages more stems to grow from the base and we land up with a neat rounded shrub. it is time consuming but well worth the effort. Sometimes the shrub sends out one long branch and that needs to be pruned back to the length of the others. Your perseverance will be rewarded.
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