Asclepias fruticosa, Gladiolus, trees and the Cape Town Flower Show

Asclepias fruticosa, Gladiolus, trees and the Cape Town Flower Show

Flower Show unable to secure 2008 sponsor
The directors of the Cape Town Flower and Garden Show announced that they have been unsuccessful in securing the necessary funding required to host a show that meets the high standards the event aspires to, and have taken the decision not to stage the event this year.

Since its inception in 2003, the Cape Town Flower and Garden Show has intended to entertain and inspire a love of gardening in people and to provide a platform that celebrates and showcases the rich floral diversity of the Cape and Southern Africa.

Following the highly successful event held at Lourensford Wine Estate last October, organisers felt confident that they had achieved the correct mix of education, entertainment and aesthetic appeal. The event provided something for everyone, from the expert gardener to the outright novice, and from the very young to the very old.
Read more...Asclepias fruticosa, Milkweed
(widely distributed)

This shrub is multi-stemmed with slim, opposite leaves and yellowish flower clusters, followed by large inflated seed pods. These pods are covered with wiry hairs and the pods end in a sharp tip. Long, soft hairs are attached to the seeds.
Medicinal properties: aches, headaches.
Parts used: infusion or decoction of roots.

Choosing your ideal tree
The garden is designed 'around' trees. Careful planning is needed when choosing the type of tree for the desired look, birds you want to attract, a swimming pool that must stay mess-free and so on. The biggest restriction is the size of your garden and if it will accommodate your chosen tree. Fortunately the selection is vastà

One for the Birds
Take the plastic lid of a large clean coffee can and cut a hole into it through which the size of your "preferred bird" would fit. 3 cm underneath this hole punch out a little hole and paint the lid black. Take the (paper-free) tin and paint it yellow. Now, with masking tape, paint with black so that you will end up with a bee's black and yellow body.

Fit the lid (large hole at the top with a sturdy stick - seating - through the little hole). Spray with clear lacquer. Paint/glue on eyes, use pipe cleaners for antennas and thin foam for wings. Punch little holes through the top of the wings through which you can loop fishing line to hang the nest. See - the South African Birds List!

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