Kokedama is also called poor man’s bonsai.I first saw these plant balls at the Constantia horticultural show and today found this DIY project on www.Houzz.com. It is made of wet soil and peat and then formed to a ball. Aluminium or nylon wire or rope fixes the whole bundle. Kokedama must be watered regularly and needs a lot of light. Follow along with floral designer Mandy Grace of Hawaii as she walks us through how to make a cool hanging-plant string garden:
Where do you get your love for gardening from? From my parents. My mother always had a beautiful flower garden and my father was very serious about his vegetable garden.
Plant collector or landscape gardener? I am more of a plant collector.
Your favourite flower? Aquilegia
Favourite tree? Indigenous: Cape Chestnut. Exotic trees: Acer family
Your favourite garden in South Africa? Old Nectar in Jonkershoek. And Vergelegen in Somerset West.
Your favourite international garden? Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France.
Favourite shrub? Vibernum family
How would you describe the style of your garden? a Romantic garden with formal sections and mixed borders. A Complete garden in the sense that it has flowers, herbs, orchard and vegetable sections. http://fairviewhomestead.com/garden-2/
What advice do you have for new gardeners? Make your own compost. Keep at least three compost heaps going. Use organic fertilizer like ‘bounce-back’ ; plant self-seeding flowers and propagate your own cuttings.
Where do you get your love of gardening from? I grew up on a farm , so I was always exposed to people growing things ! My mother was a keen gardener and I helped her in her garden from an early age.
Plant collector or landscape gardener? I am always thrilled and intrigued by new plants and tend to notice interesting specimens when traveling , but I think I am more of a landscape gardener – I like to group plants together and think about the design of the garden as a whole.
Your favourite flower? Camellia
Favourite tree? Leopard Tree (Caeselpinia Ferrea)
Favourite garden in South Africa? Old Nectar , Una van der Spuy’s garden near Stellenbosch
Your favourite international garden? I have not visited many overseas gardens , but have always admired Monet’s garden from pictures. The nearest to paradise I have ever seen was the Panviman hotel garden in Mae Rim , Thailand.
Favourite shrub? Old – fashioned roses
How would you describe the style of your garden? It is a country style garden with old trees, rolling lawns , romantic roses and and a woodland section.
What advice do you have for a new gardener? Get professional help in the beginning to avoid expensive mistakes. Look at what is growing successfully in your neighborhood gardens.. Buy gardening magazines and study them to learn more and to get inspired !
So few people understand that the Garden Route is called that because of nature’s garden – the beautiful fynbos and proteas growing in our area. I would like to share the feedback on a field trip by Di Turner and her group of nature enthusiasts:
“On Friday, the colours were washed clean and vivid. Usually the Camferskloof landscape in the northern Outeniquas is sombre from a distance. Close by of course, it is full of stunning surprises and is the home of many rare endemics. Legend has it, that a rainbow signals the end of the rain. Well, legend and the weather forecast had it wrong, not for the first time. Persistent showers of rain swept over us, as we slogged up the slippery firebreak through Metalasia acuta (Horribilis maximus) and Hakea to reach the top of the ridge. Rain-laden Restios and Fynbos had us wet to the waist and waterproof boots became a liability. They filled with water that couldn’t escape, as we squelched along in the sodden fynbos.
We were in time for a spectacular showing from the gorgeous little Disa arida (Jan’s Disa or the Purple Spitfire – Endangered)) . We counted about 80 plants going up, traversing and descending the steep ridge. Rafnia vlokii (Jan’s Widowpea – Vulnerable ) was flowering, although the rain had soaked the flowers, causing them to look a little the worse for wear. Erica vlokii (Jan’s Heath- Endangered) was over, but the combination of russet and bright green was very attractive. They were all over the steep Fynbos-clad slopes. Psoralea diturnerae (Di’s Fountainbush – Endangered) was in flower on the lower slopes and Metalasia pulcherrima forma pallescens (Paleface Blombos) was all over the place. Protea lorifolia (Old Donkey Ears) in shades of cream to dark pink with its dark maroon centre was too beautiful. The lime-green yellow of the Leucadendron salignum (Common Sunshine Conebush) was dotted all over the slopes. Always stunning, raindrops added another dimension to the cream of Brunia noduliflora (Kolkol).
There were plenty of the usual suspects and the Hakea, Wattle and Pine need to be cleared from this valley. The presence of large numbers of aliens on Burnsleigh doesn’t help. The SAB Hop Farms need to address this. The Pine seed plantation should be removed as a matter of urgency. It has no place in one of the most precious Fynbos sanctuaries in the Southern Cape. Yes I know. You’ve heard this all before. However, I will continue to say it until something is done about these problems.
Zandile and Patrick of Cape Nature joined us for this field trip. Unfortunately Patrick had to leave halfway through, because his little boy was ill. Hopefully he has fully recovered by this time. We very much enjoyed having them with us and are hoping to try and find Zandile a job. He is currently working as a volunteer with Cape Nature and coming on field trips with us. He has a B. tech and did his practical at Gamkaberg, where I met him for the first time and was very impressed. We will be contacting Saasveld, Eden to Addo, the Garden Route Botanical Gardens and Ismail of CREW, to see what we can find. It is very upsetting when youngsters who have made the effort to educate themselves are unable to get jobs. We can’t change this for most, but we hope to change it for one young man. So please, if you know of a position that might suit him, please let me know.
The warmth of Bobby and Ria’s Pizza place ( Waboomskloof) beckoned on the way home. After some delicious grub we made our way back to George. The Outeniqua Pass was spectacular, with waterfalls cascading down steep rocky slopes into the rivers below. In the photographs, I have tried to give you an idea of the beauty of the day.”
I recently picked up a booklet on the Garden Route and was amazed to see the uncertainty about where exactly the Garden Route is. Officially it covers the area between Heidelberg and Storms River.
For years we’ve been admiring the lovely garden at the Delish Deli on the N2 in Heidelberg. A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to finally meet Raymond the gardener.