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Today John the Farmer is saving seeds of Marigold !

Marigold (Tagetes patula) seeds
Marigold (Tagetes patula) flowers

Tagetes patula is native to Guatumala and Mexico. The flowers are used to add to poultry feed to intensify the color of egg yolk. The essential oil is used in perfumery. It is also used as a pesticide, grown alongside vegetables to fumigate for nematodes. It is used as a saffron-like spice.

The bright flowers of Marigold are also used in the festival of the Day of the Dead in Mexico. They are said to guide the spirits of the departed to their friends and loved ones.

Arum Lily, Zantedeschia. Feature plant at Towerkop Nursery.

Zantedeschia ‘Picassso’ hybrid.

Arum lillies are native to Southern Africa but are cultivated world wide for their long lasting blooms.

It is dormant or evergreen depending on habitat or location. It remains evergreen under cultivation, given plenty of water in a free-draining substrate.

They make good bedding plants, spaced 15cm apart.

The tubers were boiled and fed to pigs, hence the Afrikaans name ‘Varkoor’.

The common white variety Zantedeschia aethiopica is medicinal. The warmed leaves used a poultice to treat sores, boils, insect bites, gout and rheumatism.

The Wilde dagga, Leonotus ocymifolia, attracts sunbirds to the allotment.

I managed to finally capture the Malachite sunbird feeding .

The plant is used medicinally for the symptomatic treatment of coughs in acute bronchial disease, high blood preasure, headaches, asthma and viral hepatitis.

My wheelbarrow at the end of summer.

Containing nasturtium, pansies, portulaca.
A rare, for me, double portulaca. Enjoy !

Aloe ferox tapping in the Little Karoo.

Tapping

Aloe tappers near Calitzdorp in the Little Karoo arrange the cut aloe leaves in a ring around a depression in the ground lined with plastic. Aloin sap flows from the aloe leaves and is collected in the plastic. It is then boiled and reduced to a resinous form taken as a laxative and for arthritis.

Today Towerkop Nursery is recycling.

wine

The carrier handle on this wine box makes a good plant tag !

Aloe variegata, flowering now at Towerkop Nursery.

aloe-variegata

This small Aloe is widespread in the arid western interior of South Africa.

Featured plant at Towerkop Nursery.

orbea_variegata

Carrion Flower – Orbea variegata. Native to the Southwestern and southern cape of South Africa.

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Hanging Hessian planter at Towerkop Nursery

Hanging Hessian planter at Towerkop Nursery

Hanging Hessian planter at Towerkop Nursery

Today John the Farmer made paper pots!

Paper pots

Paper pots