Beekeeping

BEEKEEPING – To collect 1 kilogram of honey, bees make 120,000-150,000 flights, one bee carries 20-30 milligrams on each trip David Baxter is a fulltime management consultant with a South

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HARLEQUIN LADYBIRD (HARMONIA AXYRIDIS)

HARLEQUIN LADYBIRD (HARMONIA AXYRIDIS) An aphid (a sap sucking insect) excretes sugar water which collects on leaves making nice food for the black fungus that covers the leaves of our

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INDIGENOUS TREES OF THE WOODMEAD ESTATE (GREEN TAGS) SA: 16 Podocarpus falcatus – Outeniqua Yellowwood, Common Yellowwood SA: 36 Salix mucronata – Safsaf Willow SA: 39 Celtis Africana – White-stinkwood

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EXOTIC TREES OF THE WOODMEAD ESTATE (YELLOW TAGS) X18 Araucaria araucaria – Monkey Puzzle, Chilean Pine X24 Pinus canariensis – Canary Pine X46 Cedrus deodara – Deodar, Indian Cedar, Himalayan

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GRASSES OF THE GREATER WOODMEAD ESTATE Agrostis lachnantha – Bent Grass Anthephora pubescens – Wool grass Aristida congesta subsp. barbicollis – Spreading Three-awn Aristida congesta subsp. congesta – Tassel Three-awn

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Alien Invasive Species – Amended Regulations

ALIEN INVASIVE SPECIES The amended regulations on alien and invasive species in South Africa….. Do you have any alien invasive species in your garden? The amended regulations on Alien and

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AFRICAN HARRIER-HAWKS (Gymnogene) take up residence on the Greater Woodmead Estate… Our Golf Professional and enthusiastic birdwatcher, Owen Grobler recently reported seeing a pair of African Harrier-hawks constructing a nest

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Eucalyptus Gum

EUCALYPTUS GUM Called gum trees because they exude copious amounts of gum from any break in the bark…. Gum trees are very much a part of our history in South

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Common Spotted Aloe

COMMON SPOTTED ALOE, TRANSVAALAALWYN Aloe greatheadii var. davyana The genus name, ALOE is derived probably from the Greek word alsos which just refers to the bitter juice from the leaves

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The Wildpear

The Wild Pear Dombeya Rotundifolia Nothing heralds spring quite like the Dombeya. The “Bushveld pride” is a wonderfully apt name for the wildpear which when in flower is unmistakeable. The

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