In Our Garden – Starlings

Flocking Starlings One of the bird species we frequently see at our bird feeders is the Cape Starling. These constantly chattering birds, with their iridescent feathers that gleam blue/green/purple, depending on the way the light catches them, flock around our...

In Our Garden – July 2019

Is spring on its way? We see Southern Masked Weavers year-round in our garden. Males change into breeding colours annually, and seeing them in breeding colours is often for us a sign that winter will soon be over. Last week, 17 July, we noticed that some males are...

Butterfly friendly Gardening

The Garden Commodore or Garden Inspector (Precis archesia archesia) is a common garden butterfly in Gauteng. There are two colour forms, the dry season form pictured here, and a wet season form pictured below. Most gardeners enjoy having butterflies in their garden....

Maintaining your indigenous garden

1. Watering. When first planted, you need to water your garden well every 1 to 3 days, depending on the weather. In hot, dry or windy weather you may need to water every day. Rather water well less frequently than poorly more frequently. Before watering scratch the...