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Physical Address:

Greener Tidings Garden Centre,
Erf 7421
2 Knottrox Ave
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Polokwane
0699

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June in the Garden

The so-called ‘bleakness of a midwinter garden’ is a total myth, as many plants (whether indigenous like aloes, or exotic like camellias), flower with abundance in winter. Pretty foliage reigns supreme too, as the colour spectrum of plants like conifers, coprosmas, nandinas and leucadendrons intensify spectacularly in cool temperatures.


Shades of green

Colour makes the world go around but green (a colour too!) grounds us to the goodness of Mother Earth giving us a sense of wellness and peace. Create a little “pause architecture” this month on your patio and indoors with soft décor items that have bold botanical prints, and lots of indoor trees such the narrow leaf fig (Ficus binnendijkii), fiddle leaf fig (Ficus lyrata), weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) and the cute pseudo bonsai called Ginseng Ficus (Ficus retusa) – all of these are high fashion and very tough indoor plants, which anyone can keep alive, and which are the perfect gift for Father’s Day. All you have to do is to supply good light, a dust-free atmosphere and watering only when the soil has dried out completely, and they’ll do just fine.


Smart greens for mass planting 

Add a permanent ‘wow’ factor to your garden with the following top sellers
 

    
Scotch moss (Sagina subulata ‘Aurea’) – a very popular grass alternative which forms a moss-like carpet with bright, neon yellow foliage. Very dainty white flowers appear in spring. Perfect for full sun and remember, it does not like to be too dry or too wet.
Braai rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Barbecue’) – Evergreen and with and upright growing habit and strong, straight stems which are perfect to use as skewers for the braai. The leaves have a remarkable flavour and aroma and the blue flowers appear in mass. Perfect for low hedges.
Tanika grass (Lomandra longifolia) – this tough and drought tolerant ornamental grass is evergreen with soft, fine foliage in a fresh green shade. Small yellow flowers appear in spring. It is frost resistant, enjoys sandy soil, and is a perfect companion plant to provide shade to, and cool others in a meadow garden. This highly recommended grass reaches a height and width of 60cm to 65cm. It’s perfect for mass planting in full sun or light shade.
Flax Lily (Dianella) – These compact, tuft-forming grass-likes, have blue-grey foliage and produce masses of purple flowers in summer. They prefer full sun, don’t require much water and need very good drainage. Perfect for mass planting in modern landscapes with a mature height and spread of only 30 – 40cm.


Rose care for June

June is a perfect month to take leave from your rose garden as the plants are dozing, needing very little care.
Water once a week or once every two weeks.
• Spray against aphids using Rose protector.
• Plant new roses or replant old ones if necessary. 

Shopping news….

Fertiliser: Go shopping for fertiliser to feed your winter veggies – Nutrifeed is a great soluble one that is easy to apply

Saving: Water retention products have become very important (if not critical!) to gardeners. Worked into the soil is a great advantage to the plant as they help retain the moisture in the soil.Try Stockosorb, Vermiculite or Perlite.
Super soils: For General use- Mix our potting soil with coco peat & vermiculite to create your own super soil. For Acid loving plants- Mix Acid compost and peat moss. 


Bedding besties

Fairy Primula (Primula malacoides) are synonymous with winter and spring gardens. These tough annuals grow quickly and easily in spots with semi-shade. They are ideal for mass planting amongst spring-flowering bulbs, for edging, or in containers. Dainty stems with white, rose, pink, lavender or purple flowers appear well above woolly bright green leaves. They reach a height of approximately 20 – 25cm. 


Intensely cheerful and top trend!


It is prime time for pretty cyclamens too. The silver marbled foliage perfectly sets of the bright and cheerful blooms, resembling dainty butterfly wings, and are available in a wide range of colours. Cyclamens prefer bright, indirect light. They are fussy about water – allow the plants to dry out between watering, but not to the wilting stage. Rather water gently from the bottom, than dousing the whole plant, to prevent rot. Clean up old leaves and spent blooms.  

    
June prune

• You can start pruning deciduous fruit trees, like peaches and apricots, shrubs and trees for quality fruit, neatness and shape at the end of the month. Do not prune those that will flower in spring, like Cape May Bush (Spiraea), mock orange, ornamental prunus and bushveld bride (Dombeya rotundifolia).
• Regularly pinch back winter annuals like pansies, violas, and snapdragons to promote bushy growth and more flowers.
  
• Conifers grow actively in winter and can be lightly sheared to encourage denser foliage. This is the time (May to end Aug) when the conifer aphid is very active and it is best to drench the plants with Koinor which contains Imidachloprid as its active ingredients.
• Cut back ornamental veldt-like grasses such as pennisetum hybrids, Aristida juncea junciformis and zebra grasses.


Think about the birds

Top up bird baths regularly with fresh water and hang a few pine cones filled with a mix of peanut butter and bird seed amongst the branches of your trees. Also invest in a feeding table on which you can leave pieces of fruit for those feathered friends who love sweet stuff and might not find it from a natural source in the neighbourhood.

Checklist for June


• Plants that are dormant now, particularly deciduous plants, love to be planted at this time of the year, as it gives them time to settle in before re-wakening in spring. Plant new roses, vines and fruit trees and especially deciduous blossom trees like flowering peach, plum, cherry, quince and crab apple. The bees love their spring blossoms.

Aloe times! Compact aloe hybrids bred by our own aloe experts, produce wonderful winter colour and fit into even the smallest garden. Look out for ‘Bushwhacker’, ‘Little Joker’, ‘Peri Peri’, ‘Porcupine’ and ‘Hedgehog’ which are all flowering now

• Mini petunia (or Calibrachoa) is a close relative of the petunia with small, trumpet-shaped flowers in a stunning array of bright colours. These ‘new age’ hybrid’s claim to fame is its uniform and dense growth habit and cheerful flowering performance. Allow them to cascade beautifully in hanging baskets in a sunny spot and remember to water regularly.

Water the lawn every two to three weeks and mow as needed.

Keep Clivias fairly dry now as this will initiate flower spikes.

Prune vines, plum and apricot trees at the end of June and spray with lime sulphur. Do not use last year’s supply as it will have lost its potency. Buy fresh stock and use only on plants that have become completely dormant. 

If there has been a bout of cold, dry wind, give your garden a deep drink early in the morning to allow the plants to dry off during the day. Winter-flowering plants and especially camellias and emerging bulbs must be watered regularly to for a long-lasting flower display.

• Bedding plants like primulas, pansies and poppies are starting to flower and need regular feeding.

Protect tender leafy vegetables against the cold with frost cloth.

• Loose paving stones or bricks can be the cause of a bad fall. Go over these paved areas to replace broken pavers and also fix loose bricks

 

Happy Gardening!