The African wormwood, pruning your plants, Japanese rock gardens and water lilies

The African wormwood, pruning your plants, Japanese rock gardens and water lilies

Protect Garden Wildlife helpline
A helpline for gardeners and homeowners who want to protect their garden wildlife and control pests in an environmentally responsible way has been launched by the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and Kirchhoffs.

The helpline number is 072 952 2552 and will be run by the Wildlife Conflict Prevention Group (WCPG), which is part of EWT, during office hours. The helpline is sponsored by Kirchhoffs. It has also distributed brochures to garden centres giving tips on environmentally healthy ways to garden and the benefits of gardening for nature.

Artemisia afra, African wormwood
(widely distributed)

This large, multi-stemmed perennial shrub is highly aromatic and has feathery foliage, finely divided and dullish green. Unremarkable flowers of yellow appear along the branch ends.Medicinal properties: headaches, fevers, colds, coughs, headaches, influenza, earache, malaria, worms.Parts used: leaf infusions or decoctions.

You may need to prune a subject for good performance or to cut away diseased wood for rejuvenation, limiting the size or cutting away unwanted growth. Certain plants need older wood for flowering and it is therefore necessary to know the plants requirements when pruning. You will need sharp and clean tools, such as a pruning saw, bushman saw, secateurs or pruning shears. Commercial sealant should be used in disease-risk cases and always on roses, never use nail polish!

Japanese rock gardens...
... of perfect balance. These asymmetrical, harmonious theme gardens are based on the perfect proportions of plant - and rock sizes, numbers and placing. The timelessness and solidity of nature is achieved by using rock, pebbles, sand and evergreen foliage plants. The five elements of water, wood, fire, earth and metal are included through chosen objects with added antiquity and emotional associations. Use line and mass in the garden design and concentrate on greenery rather than flowers. Concentrate on achieving a close resemblance of nature in the wild with simplicity as the key.

Making a Cinnamon Stick Box
Glue 4 sticks flatly together for the bottom with your glue gun. Next, glue 11 pieces for the lid together, with an extra one on opposing sides to fit the lid over the box. Use another stick, cut in half for the front of the lid serving as a handle. Let dry.

Create the sides of the box by gluing onto the base the upright sticks all around. Let dry. Fit into the box some florist oasis and pin into this deer moss, from the outside by using hairpins. Finally fit on the lid and tie it together like a gift, using raffia with a decorating last touch such as dried herb twigs of flowers on top.

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