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Malcolm Griffiths
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  • Create summer interest by diversifying your selection
    Jul 4, 2017 8:00 am

    Create summer interest by diversifying your selection

    The drought, which started in April and ran through June, created a heavy flowering of oleander, hibiscus, lantana, pentas and other species.

    It was, however, interesting to note that many of them were late in leafing up and flowering.

  • When growth is active be aware of potential problems
    Jun 20, 2017 8:00 am

    When growth is active be aware of potential problems

    Growth is a natural occurrence which, in the garden, is part of the design process which knowingly adheres to this activity.

    Growth in plants consists of a two-way dimension; trunk and branches have an upward direction whereas roots have a...

  • Reach for tools with the emergence of spring
    Mar 14, 2017 8:00 am

    Reach for tools with the emergence of spring

    It’s time to dust the cobwebs off your garden tools and clean them up for the start of a new growing season.

    With this in mind, one should also have a plan for the coming year.

    Maintenance is a word with much deception; what is...

  • Gardening: February is a month purifying
    Feb 21, 2017 8:00 am

    Gardening: February is a month purifying

    The word February comes from the Roman Februarius.

    It was named after the Latin term Februum, which means purification from the ritual Februa held on the 15th of the month.

    But why anyone would want to do anything — especially in the...

  • Transition time in the garden
    Nov 15, 2016 8:00 am

    Transition time in the garden

    In the original Roman calendar November was the ninth month (novem in Latin = nine). But then the Romans added January and February so November became the eleventh month, which only proves there is nothing as constant as...

  • Think going cool and be colourful
    Oct 18, 2016 8:00 am

    Think going cool and be colourful

    This month we should see a downward movement in temperature.

    With that comes the opportunity to do some planting, especially the wide range of annuals which will add colour through the cooler months of the year.

    Herbs can also be...

  • The winds of change
    Sep 13, 2016 8:00 am

    The winds of change

    September, a month of the unknown with hot humid weather and the unpredictable winds of chance be they gentle breezes or possible hurricanes.

    Hot summer days, with little respite during the evening hours, thrown in with periods of rain...

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