October Meeting

Posted by on September 22, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

October Meeting

Dear Friends, The next meeting of Gardening @ Leisure will be held on Date – Friday 6 October 2017 Time – 10.00am Venue- 26 Steenbok Crescent, Leisure Isle – home of Carol Kennedy. Parking is very limited, so travel in as few cars as possible. We suggest that you either park in Kensington Gardens or on the front near Bollard Bay. This will be a different meeting as we will be visiting three gardens this morning, all on Leisure Isle, what a treat! Tea will be served after all the announcements in Carol’s garden. Carol will tell us a bit about her lovely garden and how she feeds her roses etc. Then we will take a short walk to the second garden where the owner will tell us about her garden, from there we will then proceed to the third garden where the owner will do the same. There will be  a car on hand to take people to each garden if they feel they can’t walk ½ a kilometre. Remember to bring: A hat Mug for your tea Wear comfortable shoes Money for the raffle  Tea Hostess for this meeting are: Gert Sumner Joan Thomas Pearl Richards Barbara Gettliff Marion Forsyth Sue van As  One plate each please ladies.  Birthdays this month are: Maureen Cunningham, Margie Lynch, Bridget Tisdall, &  Barbara Gettliff  How are your Miniature Gardens coming on? – Date of our Exhibition is 12/13/14 October You can bring you exhibits  on Wednesday 11th October from 9am to Metlerkamps on Waterfront Drive – No Charge!  On the 14th you can collect your exhibits at 1pm when the exhibition closes. Remember – Leisure Gardens Open Day – 7th October Flower Festival in The Methodist Church – Saturday 14th October from 9am Take a look at our website and see all the wonderful things that are going on – w.w.w.gardeningatleisure.co.za See you all on Friday 6 October. Happy gardening. Love, Denise 044 3841896   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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Floral Festival 14th October.

Posted by on September 19, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

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

Posted by on September 16, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

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

Posted by on September 11, 2017 in Our Environment | 0 comments

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 Eastern Cape), they are not classified as threatened in the 2004 Red Data book. However, it is true that the species is becoming increasingly rare as their habitat is lost to urban development. Only buy from traders in demarcated areas – not roving hawkers While the illegal harvesting of arum lilies will not lead to the extinction of arum lily frogs, the sale of illegally harvested flora at traffic lights is cause for concern. If left unchecked, other illegally harvested plants such as proteas, ericas, and various bulb species may be seen at traffic lights in the future. The City...

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