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Watsonias.

Watsonia is a genus of 52 species restricted to  southern Africa  where it has a wide distribution from the mountains and coastal belt of the western and southern Cape to the Drakensberg escarpment of Swaziland and Mpumalanga. The historical background of Watsonia goes back to 1752 – 1758 when...

One year after the fire and the hills are alive with Fynbos.

Travelling to Brenton these days is such a pleasure, the views are open and wide, no more encroachment of wattle to spoil the wonderful vistas of lagoon and sea. The country side has made a remarkable recovery after last year’s fires.  The hillsides are now covered with bietou, selago,...

2nd November Meeting : Talk by Peter Unite – One of the SA Olive Oil  Awards winners.

  Venue: Highlands, Home of Marion and Don Forsyth, 82 Upper Duthie Lane, Belvidere Estate. Time:  10am Many of you will remember Marion and Don’s beautiful garden when it was on show a few years ago. Visitors are welcome, R20 p.p.   Remember to bring a cup for tea, sunhat...

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‘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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October 19, 2018 |

Watsonias.

Watsonia is a genus of 52 species restricted to  southern Africa  where it has a wide distribution from the mountains and coastal belt of the western and southern Cape to the Drakensberg escarpment of Swaziland and Mpumalanga. The historical background of Watsonia goes back to 1752 – 1758 when species had been collected and were represented in European herbaria or had been illustrated in botanical works by 1775, but only four species had been named.   Cape plants became extremely popular in Europe after 1780. Cape Proteaceae, Ericaceae, Geraniaceae, Iridaceae were sought after by the wealthy and privileged who maintained large greenhouses for their collections.  At least five species of Watsonia were grown at the...

October 16, 2018 |

One year after the fire and the hills are alive with Fynbos.

Travelling to Brenton these days is such a pleasure, the views are open and wide, no more encroachment of wattle to spoil the wonderful vistas of lagoon and sea. The country side has made a remarkable recovery after last year’s fires.  The hillsides are now covered with bietou, selago, and lately large colonies of  Senecio elegans, Senecio glastifolius, Felicia echinata  and Ursinia paleacea appeared – the hues of pinks and mauves are truly a feast for the eyes. Felicia echinata has always been there, albeit a bit scraggly, not showy at all.  This year the bushes are ‘fat’ and round, covered with hundreds of flowers.  Ursinia paleacea provides sunny splashes of bright yellow flowers between the...

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