Planting at the Police Station

IMG_1250Our team was out this morning again to keep Hout Bay beautiful with our first planting project at the Police Station in Hout Bay. With the permission and help of Police Officer Tanya Lesch, we planted 14 Cape Honeysuckles along the green fence by the Main Road. The idea is to cover the fence completely with nice greening and flowers to make it more beautiful.

Have a look at our project pictures below to see how our planting mission worked out.

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The plants, compost and bonemeal, we purchased at a discounted rate at the Valley Farmstall Nursery in Hout Bay and a big THANK YOU goes out to Carryn, who supported us in our first planting project!

Thanks to everyone and keep it beautiful! 🙂

LEARN MORE

If you are interested to learn more about the Cape Honeysuckle, read below some details about the plant.

images Tecoma capensis 

Family name: Bignoniaceae

Common names: Cape honeysuckel (E), Malangula (Swazi), umsilingi (Xhosa)

 

 

 Distribution and habitat

Cape honeysuckle is a fast growing, scrambling shrub, which may grow up to 2-3m high and spread more than 2.5m. This shrub is widely distributed throughout Northern Province, Mpumalanga, Swaziland, KwaZulu-Natal, Cape coast and Mozambique.

Cultivation

Tecoma capensis is an evergreen plant in warm climate areas and flowers very erratic, often all year round. Flowers vary from red, deep orange, yellow to salmon. Flowers are tubular and bird pollinated, attracting nectar.feeding birds, especially sunbirds.

Uses

Tecoma capensis is an ornamental garden plant commonly used for screening and decorative purposes. It can also be trimmed to form a hedge. It is often planted specifically to attract birds and butterflies. The powdered bark of this attractive garden plant is used as a traditional medicine to relieve pain and sleeplessness.

Growing

Tecoma capensis is widely cultivated and very easy to propagate. It can be propagated from cuttings or by removing rooted suckers during the active growth phase. Cape honeysuckle can be planted in semi-shade to full sun. To keep this shrub clean and tidy, it must be pruned back in late winter to promote new growth and flowers. The application of a balanced fertilizer after pruning will enhance the growth and flowering.