Shrubs/Trees
Abelia
Abutilon
Acalypha
Allamanda
Ardisia
Barleria
Bauhinia galpinii
Bougainvillea
Brugsmansia
Buddleja
Buckinghamia celsissima b
Caesalpinia
Carphalea Kirondren
Caryopteris x clandonensis
Cassia fistula
Clerodendron
Costus
Crotons
Dichorisandra thrysiflora B
Euphorbia millii
Euryops
Fiddlewood Tree B
Frangipani
Galphimia
Gingers
Gmelina hystrix
Grevilleas
Hamelia patens
Hedychium
Heliconia
Hibiscus
Holmskioldia B
Ipomea carnea
Ixora b
Jasmine
Jatropha podagrica
Jatropha multifida
Justicia
Lagerstroemia indica BC
Leucospermum
Loropetalum
Magnolia
Megaskapasma erythrochlamys
Mussaenda
Odontonema
Otacanthus
Peltophorum africanum B
Petrea
Poinciana
Pseuderanthemum
Quisqualis
Roses
Sambucus nigra
Stachytarpheta b Stenocarpus sinnuatus
Thunbergia erecta
Tibouchina
Yucca recurvifolia
Zingiber spectabile




Perennials
Agastache
Angelonia
Anthurium
Artemisia
Asters
Barlaria
Begonia
Celosia
Centrantherum
Cleome
Coleus
Coreopsis
Cosmos
Curcuma
Dianthus
Echinacaea
Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost'
Fuschia
Gaura
Gerberas
Globba Ginger
Helichrysum
Heliotrope
Impatiens
Indigofera
Lavender
Leonitis
Mirabilis Jalapa
Nasturtiums
Nicotiana
Oenothera
Pachystachys
Pelargoniums
Pennisetum Burgundy
Pentas b
Perilla
Phlox
Plectranthus
Russellia
Salvias
Scutellaria
Solidago
Turnera
Verbena
Whitfeldia





B European Bees
b Butterfiles
C Carpenter Bees









Orchids
Cattleya
Oncidium
Miltoniopsis
Vanda
Bromeliads
Achmea
Guzmania
Hohenbergia
Neoregelia Carolinae
Vriesa

Climbers
Clerodendron
Cobaea scandens
Dalechampia roezliana
Hoya
Ipomoea Horsfaillaea B
Mandevilla
Mansoa Alliacea
Maurandya
Phaseolus caracalla
Stephonotis
Thunbergia Mysorensis

Water Garden
Alocasia
Arrowhead
Water lilies
Thalia

Pots
Alocasia
Begonia
Calathea
Costus
Gloxinia
Kaempferia
Maranta
Snake Plant
Streptocarpus
Tacca integrifolia

Bulbs
Agapanthus Bb
Alocasia
Belamcanda chinensis
Canna lilies
Dahlias
Eucomis palliflora
Gladioli
Habranthus (Rain lily)
Lycoris
Tulbaghia


















SALVIA PHYLLIS' FANCY
 
 
HOLMSKIOLDIA SANGUINEA
 
AECHMEA FASCIATA
 
WHAT IS FEATURING IN THE GARDEN IN FEBRUARY:
February 2024
January felt like a normal February with much needed rain and high humidity, so it will be interesting to see what our final summer month brings us weather wise. It is lovely to have full rainwater tanks.

Propagating
The warmer temperature and high humidity is a great opportunity to take a few cuttings. 
Particularly of the subtropical plants like Carphalea, Crotons, Ixoras, Justicia, Eupatorium and Mussaenda.  Take a soft stem cutting with a joint, take off the lower leaves and cut off any flowers.  Plant a few of these cuttings in small pots with the joint just below the surface of the soil.  Put the pots in a shade house or under a tree and make sure they are watered daily.

Roses are best grown on their own roots and this is an ideal time to strike some cutting.  Cut a pencil thick stem which has a node with a couple of branches, cut about 5cms below the node.  Cut the stems to about 20cms and put the stem in a pot in soil with the node below the surface of the soil. Put in a shady spot and keep well watered.

Salvias are wonderful fillers in the garden and if you have large clumps, you can simply dig up a small clump with roots and spread their cheer around the garden in the bare spots, keeping in mind the size of the clump and the colours.  Taking cuttings is just as easy, just cut a green, soft stem just below a node, cut off the lower leaves and the top including the flowers.  Plant the stem with the node just below the soil in a pot and keep moist and in a bright or sunny spot. Once established in the garden, most Salvias are very drought hardy and come in a wonderful range of colours.

I donít use a rooting compound and I use sandy loam as my soil.  You can use honey but it has to be natural otherwise its anti-bacterial qualities are lost.

PLANTING
What wonderful planting weather!  Consistent rain and high humidity.  I keep popping things in all over the place.  I donít even water them in as I usually do as there is always a shower of rain to send them on their way.  I have planted sunflowers and perennials after sowing them from seed in the bush house.

PRUNING
With so much growth, cut backs are very necessary during this warm season.  I find a small battery powered hedge trimmer and chain saw invaluable when pruning, along with the secateurs.  Small branches, hedges and shrubs all need to be trimmed if they are encroaching into another territory.  Perennials need to be cut back after flowering.

We put all our trimmings either on the garden if it is fine mulch or on our paths if it is wood chippings.  We fine that the wood chippings on the paths are much better than crusher dust as it doesnít move as easily as crusher dust.

Mulching benefits greatly not only by supplying nutrients as it breaks down but also by keeping the soil cooler and it conditions the soil to make it more water retentive.  Mulching also protects the soil from the heavy downpours of rain. Palm fronds, can be mulched by putting them through the shredder, and then put back onto the garden beds

VEGETABLES
Are loving all this extra moisture.  Put in more beans so that you get a staggered crop.  Perennial onions may be starting to shoot.  The rhubarb is going well and so is the lettuce.  I have got them in a shady place where they only get morning sun.  Pak choy is also enjoying the heat and moisture.  Chillis and capsicum can also be planted.  Gingers and Turmeric are going gangbusters and loving the full sun and moisture.  Herbs can be spread around the garden as well as near the kitchen so that they can be easily gathered when needed for cooking.

ORCHIDS
During summer orchids should be misted or watered every day on the days that it doesnít rain.  On very hot days, they can be misted twice in one day.

Make sure that there is good air movement around your orchids.  They are best hung in hanging baskets if large or terracotta pots if smaller so that they dry out between watering.

Good Gardening
Jan

 
THIS MONTH
IN THE GARDEN
with Jan

FEBRUARY
Crepe Myrtle
Lagerstoemia indica
Quisqualis indica
HELICONIA ROSTRATA
Let nature be your guide
FRANGIPANI
SUNSET
ALOCASIA ESCULENTA 'BLACK MAGIC