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Fake it ’til you make it

29/08/2019 Suzsi Mandeville

In winter many of our plants die back and the garden looks bare and stark. But I like colourful flowers, so I cheat. Yes, I do. I buy fake flowers and place them amongst the foliage until the plant blooms again. The trick is to not go too flashy or too colourful. I choose small white flowers and unless you look closely, you can’t tell.

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Hanging around in the Holiday Season

23/11/2018 Suzsi Mandeville

Are you going away this Christmas break? Yes? I can hear your pot plants screaming already! That’s the problem, isn’t it? Who will look after your precious pot plants and hanging baskets while you go off for your vacation? Who will care for them as well as you do? In my family, the answer is no one.

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Suzsi’s garden – Green, green grass of home

31/08/2018 Suzsi Mandeville

Spring is the time to prepare your lawn for summer. Your grass has endured a long cold winter and won’t have taken up any nutrients. It may look sad and yellow. My grass has amazing green patches – but on closer inspection, it turns out that they’re weeds!

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Suzsi’s garden – Lose a friend to save a friend

02/06/2018 Suzsi Mandeville

JUST recently, a plant died in my garden. That’s not so unusual – my plants die just like anybody else’s. In fact, it always puzzles me that out of a punnet of six healthy seedlings, there’s often one, planted on the same day into the same soil, that will curl up its roots and wither away while the others thrive. Despite my best care, it’s bound for plant heaven!