At Keith Kirsten Waterfall Wilds , we’re enthusiastic gardening evangelists and we always welcome beginners with open arms. To help as many people as possible enjoy the sense of wonder and satisfaction that comes from gardening, we regularly run special offers on the plants, equipment and supplies you need to transform your outside spaces. We also like to share new ideas on garden design so that you can save and be inspired at the same time.
WOMEN AND GARDENING
Why are women so rarely celebrated in the history of gardening? What is the history about women and gardening.
However for centuries gardens have been important to women and women have been important to gardens.
The vivid vignette of Mistress Thomasin Tunstall, a Lancashire gardener in the late 1620s whose passion for horticultural rarities earned her a fierce retrospective rebuke from the irascible 20th-century plant collector, Reginald Farrer, who blamed her for the disappearance of the Lady's Slipper Orchid from Britain.
The glimpse of Mistress Thomasin, digging up hellebores to send to a friend in London, is followed by a cascade of vivid character sketches from which it emerges that for women, gardening has always been about more than the mere cultivation of plants.
Many formidable women gardeners of the past seem to have turned to horticulture as a solace for grief or scandal.
Take Lady Anne Monson, an 18th-century charmer who captivated a string of men, bore an illegitimate son, for which her husband divorced her, and so entranced the great Swedish botanist Linnaeus that he named Monsonia Speciosa after her, dedicating it to her with a flirty note in Latin: 'Unhappy is the husband whose wife pleases no one but himself. I have never seen your face, but in my sleep I often dream of you…'
Then there was Lady Dorothy Nevill, married in a hurry to an elderly cousin after she incautiously spent half an hour alone in a summerhouse with a notorious rake. Bored to tears, she turned to gardening and began a silkworm farm, even contriving to produce enough silk to make herself a dress. Unluckily, the garment caught fire while she was wearing it, though with great presence of mind, she flung herself to the floor and rolled out the flames. Among her admirers were Charles Darwin and the Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, who thought her 'a very clever woman'.
On our local front inspirational gardening women include Nandi Dlepu of BLOOM a conversational platform for women creatives and entrepreneurs, Jane Griffiths, television producer, writer, artist and traveler who grows organic vegetables and herbs, Suzanne Ackerman who is a passionate gardener and committed to ensuring food sustainability through the Food to Waste programme that converts excess organic waste into high-grade compost through the naturally occurring digestive process in earthworms, Margaret Roberts who was a herbalist and author of over 40 books on herbs and related topics and the ever popular Tanya Visser, South Africa's very own garden guru and television presenter of the Home Channel’s popular show, The Gardener. Tanya Visser still considers herself a regular gardener by profession who’s taken on lots of additional ‘day jobs’ in order to do what she loves best.
Find your gardening mojo – whether it is to address your stress, have fun, get physical with your gardening tools, take an electronic sabbatical and find time for nature, just be fabulous, hang out with the best (yes your garden plants are the real deal) and do something adventurous, this month is your month to enjoy!
Culterra compost 30dm
Don’t plant yourself on your couch – get out and garden!
Culterra Compost is made from organic materials. It is free from weeds and harmful soil pathogens. Culterra compost adds beneficial soil microbes as well as macro and micro-nutrients to your soil.
Add copious amounts of compost as your summer plants have probably depleted the nourishment in your soil. Remember, you can use one 30dm3 bag of compost to every 4m2 of bed, to revitalize tired soil. The difference between thriving and surviving, is compost. This black substance is pure gold for gardeners! It improves the soil’s structure, retains moisture in the soil and provides plants with much-needed nutrients.
Compost on special at only R22.00 per 30dm bag for the whole month of August 2018.
Echeveria is an attractive, succulent plant that forms fast growing rosettes of powdery violet leaves.
The beautiful color on these succulent only gets better with more sunlight. It offsets freely to form attractive clusters up to 20 cm in diameter in time.
The flowers are orange in color.
Now on special at only R 19.95 until 31st August 2018.
Plant indigenous, water wise clivias this month and allow their vibrant spring blooms to brighten up the shady areas of your garden.
The vivid orange blooms of the indigenous bush lily or clivia (Clivia miniata) are a welcome spring sight in local gardens and remind us that life is a garden with cold, brisk, challenging, warm or cosy at different times of the year.
Clivias are always a popular choice for a shady spot in the garden – this is because they are low maintenance, low water plants that look good all year round. In fact, they meet all the requirements of the perfect plant – they bear spectacular flowers, have attractive strap-shaped, dark green leaves, are easy to grow and tolerate indoor conditions. They will even survive if neglected and are disease and drought resistant.
ALL clivias at 30% off for the month of August 2018.
Matsimela Hand Cream
Ladies - just in time for Women's Day - we celebrate you by offering 30% off Matsimela Hand Creams both 100 and 300ml.
In comparison, the skin on your palms is a lot thicker, so for moisture to penetrate this area a hand cream needs to be rich and full of moisture binding ingredients. Along with everyday tasks; exposure to water (gardening), chemicals and severe temperatures are the main cause of damage to the hands. Generally, hand creams differ from those used on the body, as the hands require a different type of care. As they are constantly exposed, they need to not only feel good, but also be protected. Using a daily hand cream that contains an SPF is a must (especially during the summer) and one that sinks in quickly means it can be used throughout the day.
Now you can pamper those gardening hands with this Matsimela special offer for the whole of August or buy for a friend!
In Full Flight
Life is a garden filled with the sound of birds! Don't forget to put our seeds and fill your bird baths for our feathered friends.
Many wild birds in 21st century urban and semi-urban areas suffer stress from loss of habitat and food sources. Safe gardens and suitable complementary feeding can help offset these stressors. In addition, avian visitors are a beautiful living asset to your garden and provide their human benefactors hours of viewing pleasure (and no doubt some urban stress-relief too).
Foods commonly offered include seeds, nuts, fruit, mealworms or other grubs, and fat. None of these alone is sufficient; the aim is to supplement the birds’ natural diet rather than create a complete alternative.
Bring in your own container and fill it with our wild garden bird seed or pick up one of our buckets of seed - all at prices on the cheep!