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.

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Become water-wise with NetFlorist

Water is a natural resource that is absolutely necessary for all life forms on Earth. As population numbers increase, the important resource dwindles. The scarcity of water is not to be overlooked. It takes a natural phenomenon such as a drought to remind us to always be water-wise.

Succulent in a Cement Pot

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The drought in the Western Cape persists and it seems we can no longer depend on their rainy season to make up for the lack of water. It’s time for us to be proactive and take responsibility where we can! That is why NetFlorist has developed this particular Water Wise campaign. Send a cactus to someone special and we’ll donate R10 to drought relief projects in the Western Cape, proving you love more than one person.

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Spoil someone special with a sweet succulent which is displayed with white stones in a unique chalk pot which can be scribbled on with white chalk! This cute gift will certainly make an impact!

We’ve fondly named the campaign #LoveEveryone. Flowers say, ‘I love you’ but a cactus says, “I love everyone’. Spend time browsing through our cactus and succulent options, but also take a moment to look at home you can create a water-wise garden. Here are seven tips to take into consideration:

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The perfect low maintenance gift for a friend or loved one, this small succulent in a blue ceramic glazed pot will look great sitting on their desk at home or at the office. Send this cute little plant as a great gift with NetFlorist today!

Choose locally suitable water-wise plants

There are a number of stunning plants that require minimal water. Plant said plants after the first rains. This gives the plant the opportunity to create a strong root system just before it faces the dry season. Choose indigenous plants and shrubs. They are usually less ‘thirsty’ than alien vegetation. Check that are both locally occurring and hardy, non-thirsty plants.

Group water plants according to their water needs

By grouping your plants according to their water needs, you avoid wasting water on plants that don’t need it. An irrigation system is best for watering your garden. They use controlled amounts of water, unlike a hosepipe. Another tip is to soak the ceramic pots instead of the actual plant. The ceramic retains moisture for longer and it seeps into the roots.

Reconsider grass

Grass lawns are incredibly ‘thirsty’. Be sure not to cut your grass too short as longer leaves shade the roots and reduce water evaporation.

Prepare the soil well

Make sure you dig in plenty of compost at least once a year. This helps aid the water retention of the soil. It also adds nutrients, encourages earthworm activity, improves aeration and drainage.

Use Mulch

Organic mulch helps to reduce evaporation, run-off, erosion, suppresses weed growth, enriches the soil and it helps prevent compacting of the soil. The best formula for making organic mulch is by mixing shredded leaves, straw, compost, shredded newspaper and grass clippings.

Water correctly and only when necessary

Save water by watering thoroughly but less often. Water when evaporation is at its lowest – in the early morning and late afternoon. A drip or underground irrigation also helps.

Create shade and windbreaks

Plant wind-resistant, fast-growing and water-wise trees and shrubs. Wind and the sun are both factors that can dry out plants.

SUCCULENT IN LOOPED VASE WHITE STONES

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This one’s definitely a keeper! A mini cactus and succulent are displayed in a beautiful triangular geometric vase with loop chain, white stones and potting soil for that extra glam effect. It’s the perfect gift for any plant-loving person!

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  • Succulents
  • Fynbos
  • Lavender
  • Air Plants
  • Aloes
  • South African Daisy
  • Sweet Pea
  • Jasmine

DESERT ARRANGEMENT IN GREEN VOTIVE

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Spoil a loved one with either a gorgeous desert rose, a cactus, or a succulent which comes presented in a unique green glass votive. This is a gift that will look great displayed in any home or office, so send now!

Join our campaign today and visit netflorist.co.za.

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Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day: 10 unexpected things you see at NetFlorist

Every year, the NetFlorist bunch spends a lot of time mentally and physically preparing for Valentine’s Day. The special occasion is one of our busiest occasions (next to Mother’s Day, of course). Permanent staff work overtime to ensure that the day is a success for all. Temporary staff are also employed to help make some sense of the Valentine’s Day mayhem! Here are just 10 unexpected things you will see- if you had to walk into our warehouses- at NetFlorist over the Valentine’s Day period:

Stacks of pizza boxes

From pepperoni to mushrooms, peppers and onions, to a good old Margherita; our paper recycling bins are filled with empty cardboard pizza boxes!

Sneakers

Stripes, laces, thicker platforms and spongy soles keep NetFlorist employees on their toes.

Yellow highlighters

Delivery sheets are painted yellow as they are covered in highlighter markings. Also, instead of the usual Bic pen in your pocket, NetFlorist employees sport yellow fingers and yellow highlighters instead.

Portable showers

With the number of late shifts, warehouse runs, sweaty foreheads and tired eyes, NetFlorist has set up 20 portable showers for employees to make use of.

Beds

Yes, you read right. NetFlorist has beds for employees to take precious and crucial naps in-between their shifts.

Hundreds of WATER BOTTLES

Hydration is key during Valentine’s Day.

Coat racks with winter jackets

With thousands of extra rose stems, delicious choccies, plants, and not to mention an addition of dozens of temporary employees, NetFlorist has to boost up the cooling system in the warehouse. The result is a winter wonderland!

COFFEE truck

Everybody needs some good juju! Caffeinated motivation is available throughout the course of the day.

Other modes of transport

If your order needs delivery, we’ll find the means to deliver it whether it means using bicycles, razors, roller skates, or more!

Giant audio speakers

For NetFlorist employees, Valentine’s Day is a time of celebration. Smash-hits will be pumping throughout the course of the day. The music helps keep spirits up, hands moving, and bums grooving!

 

Celebrate Secretary’s Day 2017 with NetFlorist!

When it comes to office life and the day-to-day chaos of being ‘the big boss’, it just wouldn’t be the same without those office superheroes, otherwise known as secretaries. For this reason, it’s only fitting that 6 September 2017 is a day which has been devoted to secretaries! Secretary’s Day is nearly upon us, and NetFlorist is here to help you spoil that special secretary of yours in style!

You can’t go wrong with Secretary’s Day flowers:

Flowers are always a definite winner, which is why our range of Secretary’s Day flowers are a real must-send. From rose bouquets, to plants in a vase, to flowers in a mug, we really have it all. If subtle is your style, we have some beautiful petite arrangements for your secretary, and if you want to really make a statement, we also have some more extravagant flower baskets, boxed flowers, and more.

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Chocolates and Sweets for your Seccie:

If your secretary has a sweet tooth, then best you go the sweet route and send them something tasty from our range of Secretary’s Day chocolate gifts. From candy jars filled with nougat or Lindt balls, to delicious hampers, to yummy bakery treats, your secretary will be totally bowled over!

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Keep it personal:

If you really want to make your secretary feel special this Secretary’s Day 2017, then you can opt for one of our personalised Secretary’s Day gifts! For example, every seccie loves a good notebook, right? So how about a personalised notebook with their name on it? We also have some great personalised candy jars, bakery goods and floral treats.

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No matter which Secretary’s Day gifts you choose to send him or her, NetFlorist is here to make it ultra easy! Simply log on, choose, and let us deliver it straight to your seccie’s desk! Smooches!

Celebrate Easter 2017 With Egg-Citing Gifts!

Easter  2017 is around the corner, and NetFlorist has egg-ceptional and egg-stra-ordinary Easter gifts with which to spoil your loved ones over this special time! Read on for some exciting Easter gift ideas from NetFlorist:

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Make it a happy day with this yummy and special gift! A tray of twelve assorted Belgian truffles is housed by a sleeve with a unique ‘Happy Easter’ design which is also personalised with a name.

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Hop right to it and send that lucky someone this cute and useful jewellery holder! With its pink ceramic rabbit design, it will easily store rings and other jewellery, while looking great too!

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Wish those near and far a Happy Easter with this special wine gift! A bottle of white wine (750ml) is branded with an adorable ‘Happy Easter’ label design which is personalised with a message for that special touch.

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Remember the days of hunting around the garden looking for all those delicious Easter eggs? Why not bring those memories flooding back when you send this stunning cookie 
bouquet to your loved ones? This beautifully decorated cookie bouquet comes with 4 Easter bunny cookies and 8 Easter egg cookies! The best Easter gift!

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This Easter Sunday, why not spoil your nearest and dearest with a beautiful flower basket from NetFlorist? Made up of bright and beautiful pink and yellow roses and hand painted Easter egg decorations that come presented in a woven basket, this is a delightful gift that anyone will love receiving!

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Wish a loved one a hippity hoppity happy Easter with this exquisite arrangement of white roses and pink and yellow daisies in a glass vase filled with the Easter bunny’s favourite gifts – beautiful decorative Easter eggs. Spoil them with flowers filled with hugs, kisses and Easter egg wishes from NetFlorist today.

No matter how you choose to spoil loved ones this Easter, make sure you do it with NetFlorist! We have a wide range of unique Easter gifts, meaning there is no excuse not to hop to it!