MY neighbours were laughing at me (again). I didn’t mind, I’m used to it. “So, Suzsi, you working for the Council now?” snigger snigger. I was sweeping the leaves off the street. The whole street! […]
Whenever I plant something new, there’s a lot to consider: Will the plant get enough or too much sun? Does it need really good drainage? How big will it grow in the next five years and most importantly – how do I keep it alive?
One of my neighbours asked me to have a look at her garden. It wasn’t performing well. It was straggly and sickly looking with a lot of yellow leaves; a nasty black fungus on one plant, white mould on another.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Last November, I planted massed purple petunias for my mum. She loves them and keeps trying to decide which shade she likes best. But after months of hot summer sun, they have become straggly. The leaves have a dull white mould and although the flowers do their best to appear perky – it’s not a pretty sight.