Floral Festival 14th October.

Floral Festival 14th October.

Celebrating the Knysna Methodist Church 125th Anniversary on 14th September, come and view the exquisite floral displays by talented floral artists .       Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new...

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2017 Miniature Garden Exhibition

2017 Miniature Garden Exhibition

The Miniature Garden Exhibition hosted by Gardening at Leisure will take place on 12th , 13th October from 9.00 to 5.00 pm., and morning of the 14th October from 9.00 to 1.00 pm. at Metelerkamps, Waterfront Drive, Knysna. To partake bring your exhibits on the morning of the 11th, there is NO entry fee and you can exhibit as many little gardens as you wish. Conventional containers should not exceed 400mm x 600mm, ‘natural’ containers eg.  seedpods or driftwood can be bigger. For more information call Kathy 082 3208302 or Esther 072 4661781 Categories include: Cottage gardens Contemporary gardens Fantasy: Fairy gardens, Prehistoric Formal gardens: Clipped hedges, topiaries Terrariums Zen gardens Natural landscapes: Forest, Seashore, Lagoon, Dunes, Wildlife reserves Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new...

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Setting the facts straight on arum lilies and frogs

Setting the facts straight on arum lilies and frogs

I was requested to set the facts straight regarding arum lilies and frogs.  Three years ago I posted an article that was forwarded to me by a concerned resident of Knysna. As we also have vendors selling Arum lilies on the N2 we thought it relevant to publish the article. A recent joint press release issued by the City of Cape Town, CapeNature and SANBI (August 2010)There has been inaccurate information circulating about the sale of arum lilies, and the protection of two of the Cape’s amphibians, the arum lily frog and micro frog. A campaign urging residents not to purchase arum lilies from vendors at the side of the road seems to be gaining momentum whilst spreading inaccurate information about arum lilies and frogs. This misleading information has also gone viral, and is being spread via e-mail and social networking tools. It is important that the public understand the facts about these frogs, before making a decision on whether or not to purchase the flowers. Correct information about arum lily frog The Environmental Management (ERM) Department, in conjunction with CapeNature and the South African National Biodiversity Institute would therefore like to highlight the facts. The information being circulated refers to the ‘arum lily micro frog’ which does not exist. There are, however, two different species of frog, namely the micro frog (Microbatrachella capensis) and the arum lily frog (Hyperolius horstockii). The micro frog is smaller than a fingernail, while the arum lily frog is somewhat larger, growing to about 40 mm in length. It has been reported that the ‘arum lily micro frog’ is in danger because of the sale of arum lilies, but this is not at all correct for either of the frog species. The supposed threat to these frogs’ habitat has been cited as one of the main reasons why the public should not buy arum lilies. However, no frog species breeds in the flowers of arum lilies. While the arum lily frog occasionally uses the flowers for shelter, it is not dependant on them. Arum lily frogs breed in wetlands and not in the flowers of the arums. The micro frog is ground-dwelling, breeding in temporary pools, and it does not climb into any flowers. Arum lily frogs are very pale and they hide their bright orange feet and legs under their bodies during the day. In this way, the frog is able to use a white background as camouflage against predators and this background is sometimes the white arum flower. They do not use the pollen of the flowers to camouflage themselves, as has been suggested. While arum lily frogs are only found in the Western Cape (and a small area of the...

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RECOMMENDED: TREES AND DUNE PLANT SPECIES

RECOMMENDED: TREES AND DUNE PLANT SPECIES

National Arbor Week campaign encourages the planting of indigenous trees. Some recommended indigenous trees and dune plant species effective for post-fire rehabilitation. GARDEN ROUTE NEWS – The National Arbor Week campaign (01- 07 September 2017) encourages the planting of indigenous trees. Some recommended trees and dune plant species for post-fire rehabilitation were provided by SANParks scientist, Johan Baard. Planting indigenous is important for the ecosystem as trees provide food and shelter to animals and are important to biodiversity (encouraging diversity species of animal and plant life). SANParks also has 2 nurseries with indigenous trees (Diepwalle, Knysna forest) and also in Wilderness. Most nurseries in the Garden Route sell indigenous trees and plants. Podocarpus falcatus Ekebergia capensis (essenhout) Virgilia divaricata (Keurboom) – nitrogen fixing Buddleia saligna Buddleia salviifolia Burchellia bubalina (wild pomegranate) Celtis africana (white stinkwood) Diospyros dichrophylla (monkey plum) dune Halleria lucida (white olive) Kiggelaria africana (wild peach) Nuxia floribunda (forest elder) – bees Pterocelastrus tricuspidatus (candlewood) dune Rapanea melanophloeos – Boekenhout Tarchonanthus littoralis – camphor Psoralea pinnata Erica discolor subsp speciosa dune Salvia africana-lutea dune Leucadendron salignum dune Leucospermum glabrum dune Rhus chirindensis (Rhus is a synonym of Searsia) dune Rhus lucida dune Rhus crenata (dune-crow- berry) dune Dune specific Asparagus rubicundus and other Asparagus species Zygophyllum morgsana (and other species( (Zygophyllum is a synonym of Roepera) Carissa bispinosa Colpoon compressum Maytenus procumbens Ehrharta ramosa (grass) Carpobrotus edulis (yellow flower) or C. deliciosus (pink flower) ‘We bring you the latest Garden Route news’ Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new...

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September Birthdays.

September Birthdays.

The month of September heralds Spring, a season of new life.  We wish all our members celebrating their birthdays this month  happiness,  and good health. 4th ~ Heather Busby 4th ~ Sally Perceval Maxwell 9th ~ Jean Dedekind 9th ~ Lynne St. Quinten 19th ~ Anne McMurray 23rd ~ Judy Krige 28th ~ Rose Clogg Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new...

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