Spring is in the Air

Ann Hamilton-King

Simply “the best time of the year” for me! Plants, shrubs and trees are all putting their“best foot forward” and starting to get new leaves or flowers. Msasa trees are changing colours, fish are spawning and to me, everything is putting energy into leaf and colour everywhere and the flowers are alive and well!


All the above “action” is about how growth and how life generates in spring and it is a very good time to look at all the wonderful beauty we so often take for granted. Gather your seeds now because it is the change of season; make sure you keep the seeds in a dark place in khaki paper or newspaper, not plastic. Everything is waiting for new life – great energy in the air and everywhere you look. That’s why we have “spring cleaning!” to get rid of the dust and dirt in the house and polish furniture! Please do not forget to put half a cup of paraffin to your floor polish, as this will give you an extra shine to wooden floors and furniture! It is also time to empty out the clothes you are tired of and give to the old people’s homes, orphanages and the needy and less-privileged in our beautiful country. This applies to the gardens as well, as it is the time to takes cuttings, gather seeds, cleaning flowerbeds and plant new flowering plants.

What to plant now for colour: at the top of the list for me is Petunias in the sun. Busy Lizzies and Cinerarias need to be planted in part morning sun and afternoon shade. They need to be fed with food, i.e. with single superphosphate, compost and a spray of folia feed, and then covered with dry grass. Lawn clippings, freshly cut or dried, can also do the job, and can be used as mulch in your flowerbeds. Lastly, water the plants well. Happy Gardening!

About the Author: 

Ann Hamilton King began her journey into the world of horticulture through the influence of her mother Elsie Grobler Hoffman. Later in life, being open minded to opportunities that come with volunteering; Ann volunteered to work at Kew Gardens in England and had the opportunity to see and learn how gardens are maintained. Amazed by how tiny seeds could grow into such beautiful flowers and plants, she combined the knowledge from Kew gardens and the desire imparted to her by her mother and decided to embark on a lifelong adventure exploring the world of horticulture. Over the years she has studied and photographed Zimbabwean plants in diverse habitats. Her experience is reflected in her articles in Harare Magazine and many personal blogs like www.12fleetwood.co.zw

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Ann Hamilton-King
Author: Ann Hamilton-King

Ann Hamilton King began her journey into the world of horticulture through the influence of her mother Elsie Grobler Hoffman. Later in life, being open minded to opportunities that come with volunteering; Ann volunteered to work at Kew Gardens in England and had the opportunity to see and learn how gardens are maintained. Amazed by how tiny seeds could grow into such beautiful flowers and plants, she combined the knowledge from Kew gardens and the desire imparted to her by her mother and decided to embark on a lifelong adventure exploring the world of horticulture. Over the years she has studied and photographed Zimbabwean plants in diverse habitats. Her experience is reflected in her articles in Harare Magazine and many personal blogs like www.12fleetwood.co.zw

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