Décor & Gardening
IT’S PARTY TIME!
It felt like the winter was never going to end. Lucky for us spring has finally sprung and we can’t wait to invite friends and family over for some cocktails, delicious food and fun in the garden. Why not add a few personal touches to your next garden party with some of these gorgeous décor finds. We’re talking lights, chairs, pots and pool inflatables.
On our list:
Keeping cool has never looked this good. All you need is a beautiful umbrella like the Ecru Parasol (R6 995 from Weylandts).
Spend some time in the sun and splash around in this cute Swimline lol cow floatable (R540 from Sportmans Warehouse). The kids will love it!
We can’t think of anything more relaxing than sipping a drink in one of @Home’s Colonial hanging chairs. This hanging chair is the perfect piece for enjoying a slow, easy afternoon, R5 999.
Did someone say cocktails? Of course you will need a bit of crushed iced. We love this mojito ice crusher (R369 from @Home). It’s pretty, portable and perfect for your next soiree.
Add some ambience to your garden with these nifty Fine Living solar lights (R209). No plugs or leads required. Simply let the sun work its magic. Details: www.takealot.com.
The correct lighting just adds that little something extra to any party. Simply hang a few tall steel lanterns like this gorgeous one (R850 from Woolworths) around your setting and voila.
Salvia ‘Mirage’ so named for its mass of pink, rose, cream, purple, or burgundy blooms. This first-year flowering perennial acts like an annual by flowering from spring until autumn, but stays in the garden to keep on flowering next year, and the next. It is a compact, neat plant and bees, butterflies and sunbirds love its nectar. Works well in containers too, mixed with verbena and trailing bacopa.
Garden tasks for spring
Spring gardens are all about flowers.They fill us with optimism and energy; a welcome dose of colour therapy after a drab winter. To make the most of your spring garden, and to keep it looking good, here are tips from Kirchhoff’s Seeds:
– Give all flowering plants a good drench of liquid fertiliser, like Margaret Roberts Supercharger or a light sprinkling of Vigorosa (a granular fertiliser) and water well afterwards.
– As day temperatures increase check the soil every two or three days to see if the plants are receiving enough water. Generally, beds, shrubs, creepers and lawn should receive 20mm of water a week in spring.
– Plant sun–loving spring annuals like Cape daisies (Osteospermum ‘Serenity’), gazanias (‘New Day’), petunias, phlox and pelargoniums. For shade, plant mimulus and torenia.
– Give the lawn its spring beauty treatment. Rake thatchy kikuyu lawn to remove dead grass, and then cut low. Don’t fertilise until it starts to grow. Top dressing helps even out the surface of the lawn. If the soil is compact, spike it with a garden fork. Then fertilise and water well. Longer growing evergreen lawns, including LM grass just need to be fertilised and watered well.
– Clean water features, bird baths and ponds, especially fish ponds. Before cleaning catch the fish and keep them in a bucket of water. Scrub the pond using fresh water but no chemicals. The water in the pond should be allowed to warm up before the fish are put back.
– Re-do containers if the plants are looking tired. Either cut back the plants, feed and water or replace them with a new batch of flowers.Just make sure you replace the potting soil as well because it will be spent of nutrients.
Plant of the month
Clivia – queen of the shade
Brighten that shady spot in your garden where few things will flourish, with beautiful bright clivia. They are a garden asset year round with bright flowers in spring, heads of bright orange or yellow berries in autumn and winter and dark green strappy leaves all year round Clivia may also be used as house plants provided they are not put in a hot sunny window. And as an extra bonus, they are water wise plants.Most important when growing clivia is to provide excellent drainage. When
preparing soil for garden planting, incorporate large amounts of well-rotted compost or manure and be certain the plants are not in a position where irrigation or rain run-off causes a soggy situation. Be sure the plants get very little direct sunlight and then only early morning or late afternoon. If the leaves start turning yellow, they are receiving too much direct or reflected sunlight. In fact, once the basics are provided you can almost forget about them because they just get on with life and will provide a great display.There are many shades of clivias these days from light to dark orange, dark orange red, bronzes, near white to golden yellow, salmon, peach or pink and the most sought after is the green clivia, known as Hirao.
There are broad tepals and narrow tepals, spider form and multitepals in different colours as well as short broad leaves and different forms of variegation including Light of Buddha and Akebono.There are also crosses between species providing interesting pendulous flowers and flower colours that extend the flowering season considerably. In fact, something to please everyone.
The various clivia clubs throughout the country mount stunning shows during the main flowering season in September. For information and dates of clivia shows nearest to you, check the clivia society website www.cliviasociety.org.
Details: Sakkie Nel: 012-361-6415 and Felicity Weeden: 028- 316-3092.
Orange – red