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A Special Spring Shrub

Contributor: Leonie Twentyman Jones Each year when our Mickey Mouse or Carnival bush (Ochna serrulata) is covered in its new pinkish bronze spring foliage and gorgeous bright yellow flowers, I am reminded of how special this shrub or small tree is and what an asset it is to the...

September Meeting

Our September meeting will take place at the historical home of the Rutherfoords at The Point.  We are fortunate to have Carol Kennedy as our speaker at this meeting.  Carol was responsible for the beautiful gardens at The Baynesfield Estate situated near Richmond in KwaZulu-Natal. She will give you...

More Thoughts on Growing Trees

Contributor: Leonie Twentyman-Jones Everyone agrees that choosing trees for a suburban garden is not easy. Even with the best intentions and access to detailed information from a range of experts on the internet as well as local advice, it is still possible to choose the wrong tree for your...

More About Our Club

‘Gardening at Leisure’ offers garden lovers of Knysna the opportunity to share their interest with like minded people. Our club has a range of activities and events designed to meet the needs of anyone wishing to add a social dimension to their interest in gardening.

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August 22, 2016 |

A Special Spring Shrub

Contributor: Leonie Twentyman Jones Each year when our Mickey Mouse or Carnival bush (Ochna serrulata) is covered in its new pinkish bronze spring foliage and gorgeous bright yellow flowers, I am reminded of how special this shrub or small tree is and what an asset it is to the garden.  The flowers, enjoyed by bees and butterflies, don’t last long but are soon replaced by green berry-like fruits which gradually turn black and are attached to bright red sepals. Soon the entire shrub is covered with little red and black ‘Mickey Mouse’ faces. Fruit-eating birds queue up for the berries, particularly the Red-eyed doves, and disperse the seeds – resulting in young plants popping...

August 17, 2016 |

More Thoughts on Growing Trees

Contributor: Leonie Twentyman-Jones Everyone agrees that choosing trees for a suburban garden is not easy. Even with the best intentions and access to detailed information from a range of experts on the internet as well as local advice, it is still possible to choose the wrong tree for your garden. Some trees grow bigger and more enthusiastically than expected, others don’t produce the anticipated flowers, or else refuse to grow at all because the chosen spot is too hot, too windy, too cold etc. etc. Not everyone likes trees. As the 18th century English poet William Blake wrote, ‘The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only...

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