Whether it’s a Christmas table decoration you’re after or a big symphony welcoming guests outside your front door, it’s easy to grow amaryllis, and grow them fast!

Hippeastrum, the impatient gardener’s delight

Patience may be a virtue, but it’s rather time-consuming waiting for something exciting to happen. That’s why Hippeastrum, better known as amaryllis (but not to be confused with the indigenous Amaryllis species) are the go-to bulb for those with a little less patience than the virtuous.
First up in early dawn, the Glossy Starling eyes shine like the Morning Star.

For the Birds: Ubani igama lakho?

NELSON Mandela once said, “If you speak to an African in English, you’ll get into his head. But, if you speak to him in his own language, you’ll get into his heart.”
Yellowbilled Kite.

For the Birds: When is a hawk not a hawk?

I HAVE written about weavers and doves not being just ‘weavers and doves’. Although they appear similar, one might have at least three species of each family in the garden.
The biggest, reddest 4x4 of them all - King of The Jungle by Far.

Bushwhacker of the Month: Mine’s bigger than yours

THE law of the jungle should read like this: “The big guy always wins”. The impala with the longest horns, the elephant with the heaviest tusks, the croc with the biggest teeth, the lion with the loudest roar.
Pit Bulls, as a breed, are not a problem. When the ground-work is done appropriately, puppies grow up to be wonderful companions and protectors to their families without ever becoming a liability.

Dogtor Steve: Pit-falls

SOMETIMES, while speaking telephonically to puppy owners about pups that are 16 weeks or older, I tell them that the litter departure age was six weeks or less and that they have the alpha male or female.
Delving into the canine mind.

Dogtor Steve: Delving into the canine mind

WHILE researching the word ‘discipline’ the following caught my attention: ‘moral or mental improvement’, ‘control obtained by enforcing compliance’, ‘punishment intended to correct or train’.
Steve van Staden

Dogtor Steve: Human behaviour

“THE worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent. That is the essence of inhumanity.” ~ George Bernard Shaw.