The Botanical Gardens of South Africa

Spring has sprung, the sun is shining, and the season is in full swing! It’s time to get out there and start enjoying spring’s greatest gifts, the flowers. You could take a stroll through your local park, do some work in the garden or go where the flowers are the most spectacular… the South African botanical gardens, a plethora of our nation’s natural beauty.

With botanical gardens situated across the country, there is little excuse not to go and lose yourself in the splendour of nature for just a while. The most famous of these botanical gardens is arguably the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, situated in Cape Town. Set against the eastern slope of Table Mountain, the Kirstenbosch gardens have two separate areas, the cultivated gardens and the protected area which is home to indigenous fynbos and forest. The cultivated garden is home to an array of flowering species of plants, while in the protected area one can see the King Protea, which occurs naturally there, in full flower. One of the truly amazing parts of the Kirstenbosch botanical garden is the Afromontane forest, which is awe-inspiring when walking through.

Sticking to the coastal botanical gardens we move on to one of the lesser-known treasures in South Africa, the Durban Botanic Gardens. This is the oldest surviving botanical gardens in South Africa, having been established in 1849. The highlight of these gardens is without a doubt the Orchid House, which is home to several different species. The best time to visit the Orchid House is without a doubt during the spring months, September through November.

Moving away from the coastal cities we find ourselves in the capital of South Africa, the Pretoria Botanical Gardens. Surrounded by urban development, this is a much-needed refuge from the hustle and bustle of modern life, not just for us, but for the wildlife that occurs there. There are over 220 recorded species of birds meaning that during spring the garden comes alive to the sound of thousands of bird calls. Stroll through the gardens and you can climb to the top of a ‘koppie’ from which you can view the entire gardens and the surrounding city, a scene that sets alight the senses with sound and colour.

The last botanical garden on this list is the Johannesburg Botanic Gardens. Placed just outside the city centre, the gardens are home to over 30 000 trees, 4500 species of plants, an arboretum, a Rose Garden and Herb Garden. The gardens are also frequently the venue for concerts and live performances.

This article by no means covers all the Botanical Gardens within South Africa, but rather the ones that, for many South Africans, are close to home. The gardens are perfect for spending a beautiful spring or summer day, whether you are taking the entire family on an outing or you wish to take that special someone on a romantic picnic, the gardens provide you with the perfect setting.

NetFlorist offers a range of fully stocked picnic baskets, complete with red roses, champagne or a beautiful bottle of red wine that makes those romantic moments so much easier to come by. For those family moments, NetFlorist also offers healthy fruit baskets and gourmet hampers that will have the whole family smiling.

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We realise that it is not always possible to get away for the day and take that stroll through the gardens, so why not send that special someone a piece of the garden instead with our stunning flower bouquets and flower arrangements. From proteas and orchids to lilies and roses, NetFlorist will deliver their own personal piece of the spring bloom, right to their door. NetFlorist delivers flowers nationwide and to all the major cities; Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, and Durban.

Tulips – Fun facts and caring tips

Taking care of your cut tulips and plants

Tulips are known for their beauty, popularity and being a favourite all year long. Today there are over 3000 varieties of cultivated tulips and a whopping 75 wild tulip species! Every year Holland grows and exports billions of tulips around the world. In this post, we are going to share some fun facts, and tell you how to care for your tulips, as fresh cut flowers and potted plants.

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Fun Facts:

  • Few know this, but in South Africa, Tulips are actually wintering flowers. They are rare in the warmer months of the year when they are grown in cold rooms.
  • Worldwide they are the third most popular flower, only beaten by Roses and Chrysanthemum.
  • They are the only cut flowers that grow in water!
  • Tulips feel the drop in temperature at night and close their petals.
  • The tulip’s petals are edible! Depending on the colour, they range from being sweet, to tasting a bit bland. PS. If you want to try this, the pink, white and peach petals are the sweetest, and the red and yellow the most flavourful.
  • About 90% of South Africa’s tulips are exported.
  • Tulip bulbs multiply when dormant.
  • Tulips are one of few flowers that have pores along the stem that absorb water!

Tried and tested myths that actually work:

  • If your tulip’s head flops to the side, simply pinch it through the neck with a needle or pin. The head will lift up soon after that and you might get an extra day or two of its beauty.
  • Or, you can drop a coin in the water. The reaction from the water and the copper has the tulip lifting its head up again.

Taking care of your cut Tulips:

  • First off, always buy tulips while they are still in bud. By the time you get home, they might have already opened, especially in the South African weather!
  • The first thing to do with your cut tulips is to cut down the bottom of the stems as its pores have closed. When you cut the stems, you open the pores again for the stems to absorb the water.
  • Once placed in a vase, only add about 5cm of water. Only top water up once a day. Don’t over water it, as it absorbs the water faster, causing the head to flop sooner.
  • Fresh tulips don’t need plant food – it simply needs fresh water to stay alive.
  • Fresh tulips are better on their own in a bouquet, as they only have a five-day life expectancy.
  • REMEMBER: Tulips thrive in a cool environment as they are fragile.
Tulips in vases

Spoil someone special with a beautiful tulip flowering plant or bouquet from NetFlorist.

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Caring for your Tulip Plants:

  • Tulip plants are grown in cold rooms in South Africa.
  • Keep the plants away from heat as it causes faster development.
  • Only water your plant twice a week. If you want, you can put water in a drip tray and place your tulip pot in there so it can absorb the water as needed.
  • Once the colour of the tulip flower starts showing, the life expectancy of the tulip plant is around a week to a week and a half.
  • Once the flower dies, you can cut it down and take the bulb out of the soil. Place it in a dry and dark place, or plant in a dry area in the garden.
  • The bulbs multiply in the ground in their dormant state.
  • In the late summer, you can plant your bulbs again for them to bloom during the winter season.
Tulips potted plants and bouquets available.

NetFlorist has the most amazing range of potted plants and flowering plants, like these beauties: Tulip flowers.

Tulips are beautiful flowers and although they don’t have an exceptionally long lifespan, they are beauties you want in your home and office! NetFlorist has tulips that come in just about every shade of colour and we know that these amazing flowers are an awesome gift for just about any and every occasion.

Spring Flowers to celebrate Spring Day

Spring flowers That will dazzle

Spring is the time of the year where the flower blossoms bloom, the sun shines warmer on the earth, and jeans, woolly shirts and boots are replaced with shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops. It is also the time to shake off the embrace of the winter months. It is a beautiful time of year where everything just seems to come to life. During this time, it almost feels like a necessity to add a bit of colour to your life, and a great way to do this is to buy spring flowers that please the senses.

As we will soon be swinging into Spring the 1st of September, many will be on the hunt for spring flowers to buy and send to loved ones. But, which flowers do you send that convey the message of springtime? We have selected a bunch of flowers we are fond of for Spring Day for you to choose from.

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Beautiful flowers for Spring Day – Gerbera Daisies, Tulips and Roses.

Roses

Roses are popular among many, and as a flower with vast meanings and symbolism, that is no surprise. Roses are the perfect addition to any home or office to brighten up the space for spring. Regardless of the colour, roses are a beautiful gift with their subtle fragrance and beauty.

Sunflowers

Known for their bright yellow petals and brown/green centre, sunflowers are great flowers for adding warmth and a sunny feeling in a home or office. They symbolise power, strength and positivity as they always turn their faces towards the sun.

Tulips

The world’s most recognised and a favourite amongst many. Since tulips are so popular, they are the perfect gift to a loved one to transition into spring. Send a bouquet of tulips in a variety of colours and brighten someone’s living space.

Buy Spring Flowers for Spring Day

A bunch of flowers to celebrate Spring Day – Daisies, Roses, Tulips and Irises

Irises

A strikingly unique and beautiful flower, ranging from deep purple and blue to white and yellow. The meaning of sending irises is that of hope. It is perfect as a spring flower, as it gives the hope of new beginnings and bright futures.

Daisies

South Africans will know these beauties by the amazing burst of colour they are part of from August to October in the Namaqualand. Every year the Namaqualand Flower Route attracts multiple visitors, making it one of the largest attractions in South Africa during springtime.

Beautiful Spring flowers for Spring Day

Flowers for Spring – Irises, Daisies and Gerberas

No matter which Spring flower you choose, you can be sure that they will be appreciated by the smiling recipients. Spring deserves to be celebrated, so show some floral happiness to someone special this Spring Day 2016 with NetFlorist!