Shrubs/Trees
Abelia
Abutilon
Acalypha
Allamanda
Ardisia
Barleria
Bauhinia galpinii
Bougainvillea
Brugsmansia
Buddleja
Buckinghamia celsissima b
Caesalpinia
Carphalea Kirondren
Caryopteris x clandonensis
Clerodendron
Costus
Crotons
Dichorisandra thrysiflora B
Euphorbia millii
Euryops
Fiddlewood Tree B
Frangipani
Galphimia
Gingers Gmelina hystrix
Hedychium
Heliconia
Hibiscus
Holmskioldia B
Ipomea carnea
Ivory Curl Tree b
Ixora b
Jasmine
Jatropha podagrica
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

B = European Bees
N = Native Bees

b = Butterflies
C = Carpenter Bees
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


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

Climbers
Clerodendron
Cobaea scandens
Dalechampia roezliana
Hoya
Ipomoea Horsfaillaea
Mandevilla


Mansoa Alliacea
Phaseolus caracalla

Stephonotis


Thunbergia Mysorensis

Water Garden

Alocasia
Arrowhead
Water lilies
Thalia
Pots
Alocasia
Begonia
Calathea
Gloxinia
Kaempferia
Maranta
Snake Plant
Streptocarpus
Tacca integrifolia

Bulbs

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


Heliconia bihai
Frangipani
 
 
Alocasia esculenta
'black magic'
 
Lagerstroemia indica
Crepe myrtle
Aechmea fasciata
WHAT IS FEATURING IN THE GARDEN IN FEBRUARY:
February 2023
It has been lovely weather to date with cool nights, but February is our most humid month and the worst month for gardening.  However it does usually bring rain which is always good. It is lovely to have full rainwater tanks.

MANGOES like growing in light and free draining soils that are not necessarily rich; infact you actually get the best crops on soils of somewhat lower fertility. 

Growing mangoes from seed
is easy.  I put all my mango peels and seeds in my compost bin and that is where I get my new Mango plants from.  It is important to only take seeds from good Mangoes such as the Kensington Pride (Bowen) or any seed from what is called a "polyembryonic" variety.  This means that there will be more than one embryo resulting in more than one seed.  Polyembyronic seeds are identical, fruiting like the parent, within 2-5 years and are resistant to anthracnose.  Monoembyronic seeds produce a single seed, are hybrids from cross pollination, will fruit after 10 years and are subject to anthracnose.

Once you have a seed that has sprouted, pot it up until it is about 40 - 60 cms high, Like all plantings, it is best done in summer when the rains come.  Make sure you select a place in full sun, and make triple sure you really want a big tree there!

Mulch
your mango tree heavily and spread a bit of compost every now and then. If your soil is reasonable that should be all the tree needs. With poor soil, top dress with lots of organic matter by way of compost and mulch often.  Wood ash supplies potassium which encourages fruiting and makes the fruit taste better.
Mangoes flower profusely and self-pollinate very well.  The flowering is triggered by cool nights.  Mangoes flower at the tip of a branch, so the more branches you have the better the crop. You can encourage lateral branching with tip pruning.

The best way to harvest mangoes
is to cut them off with a long section of stem still attached, and handle them carefully so that the stem does not snap off.  If your mangoes get eaten by birds, bats and possums you can pick them before they start to yellow and when the bit before the point is rounded.  Use brown paper bags or fine mesh bags if fruit fly is a problem.

MAINTENANCE
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.

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.

The Duranta ‘Sheena’s Gold’ hedges and shrubs need to be cut back constantly so that they don’t seed.  This plant really is a dreadful weed if allowed to seed.

ORCHIDS
During summer orchids should be misted or watered every day on the days that it doesn’t rain.  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.

I will be doing a workshop on orchid growing and potting on the 18th March, the details are on the ‘what’s happening page’.

Good Gardening
Jan
 
THIS MONTH
IN THE GARDEN
with Jan

FEBRUARY
Cattleya orchid
Helichrysum petiolare
Coreopsis