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The Gardener Magazine

The Gardener Magazine June 2020

The Gardener is a monthly, national magazine dedicated to inspiring gardeners, providing practical advice and showing step-by-step garden projects. Our monthly features include garden design, in-depth plant features, growing vegetables and herbs, water gardening, garden wildlife and pets, specialist plant articles and much more. We have an extensive database on our website that is growing daily.

South Africa
Lonehill Trading (PTY) LTD
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R 250
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.

If you have got to this point then congratulations are in order! You have successfully downloaded the very firstever, pioneering, brand-new digital copy of The Gardener magazine! Who would have thought that a virus pandemic would alter the course of our lives so much: our businesses, livelihoods and the way we interact with the people around us? I feel some days as if we are living in a parallel universe, and all I want to do is step out of it! The virus has shut down our printers and crippled our distribution company. The effects have been so drastic that several large and trusted brands in the magazine world have closed their doors and will no longer be publishing our favourite companions, which we have loved and supported for years, even…

8 min.
the great garden goodie giveaway

Click here to enter WIN THIS CHAINSAW Enhance your home with the quiet and nifty GTA 26 The latest release from STIHL is the GTA 26 cordless handheld chainsaw. Gardeners and DIY fans – this versatile machine is for you! Compact and highly manoeuvrable, with a 10cm guide bar, a powerful, accurate cut, and impressively long battery life. Ideal for multiple gardening tasks such as pruning and cutting up small branches, as well as wood-based DIY projects and home upgrades. So quiet, the neighbours won’t hear you, inside or out, and no ear protection is necessary. The STIHL GTA 26 – totally convenient and efficient, plus easy on the ears and easy to use. You couldn’t find a more user-friendly assistant for cutting work around your home if you tried! WIN THIS TOY CHAINSAW Something…

2 min.
big-hearted for mass planting

Tulbaghia violacea (wild garlic or society garlic) Wild garlic is perfect for the hottest spot in your garden, and even in light shade, and is able to withstand prolonged periods of drought. But if you treat this bulbous, clump-forming perennial well, with compost-enriched soil and regular water, it will flower even more impressively. The leaves are narrow, long and strap-like with a fleshy texture and a strong garlic smell when bruised. Mauve tubular flowers arranged in umbels are produced on sturdy flower stems and appear from summer to autumn. They also smell of garlic, and are great pollinators for butterflies and bees. Both leaves and flowers are edible. It is believed that these strongly aromatic plants discourage snakes, moles and aphids. Chlorophytum saundersiae (weeping anthericum) Botanists refer to these plants as ‘gregarious’, which means that…

1 min.
father’s day

Get dad something novel this Father’s Day The versatile GTA 26 battery-operated handheld chainsaw from STIHL is the ideal gift for the woodworking or gardening enthusiast. Compact and lightweight with a 10cm guidebar, the innovative GTA 26 offers an impressive and accurate cutting performance, quiet operation and a long battery life - everything you need for pruning, cutting up branches or working on wood-based projects. www.stihl.co.za Gardening Gifts Celebrate Father’s Day with a gardening gift from his favourite child. Beautifully crafted garden goodies are available at www.tanyavisser.com. Hanging Bird Feeding Cage There’s nothing better than a garden teeming with life. Bring all the birds to your yard using this hanging bird feeding cage from Eva Solo. Made from ceramic and stainless steel, it is robust and sturdy enough to hang outside in all weather. www.yuppiechef.com The…

4 min.
breathless at bosjes

When the owners of Bosjes contracted the services of Londonbased but South African-born architect Coetzee Steyn from Steyn Studio, their brief was fascinating. They wanted him to design a chapel in their vineyard that could be used for weddings and other functions, and they wanted him to find his inspiration in Psalm 36:7. Steyn’s design, now firmly entrenched in the landscape, has sweeping curves that resemble the outstretched wings of a large white bird ready to take off. This beautiful structure, enclosed with glass walls, was also inspired by the majestic Slanghoek and Waaihoek mountains, the historic Cape Dutch gable of the manor house on the farm, which was built in 1790, and the typical gables of so many other Cape Dutch farm houses in the countryside of the Western Cape. Once…

4 min.
basic styling the triangle

Most bonsai trees are styled to have a triangular silhouette. This is more obvious with traditional bonsai styles, i.e. Northern hemisphere trees, but is still relevant with our African styles like the baobab and the flat crown. However, sometimes you need a fair bit of imagination to see this triangular shape – it is a bit like seeing the constellations in the stars. Sometimes the shape seems invisible until somebody points it out, and after that you can’t help but see the triangle. Here is how it works. A miniature tree that has not been styled is simply a small bush. The branches grow out in arbitrary directions, and there is a whole lot of foliage. Our task as bonsai growers is to create a beautiful, stylish miniature tree out of…