Hanging baskets, containers and window boxes are a great way to add colour to your home during summer. There are lots of different ways to fill hanging baskets depending on your budget and the type of flowers you like.Now is the time to start preparing, planting and planning how to maintain them throughout the summer season. First you need to decide where you would like to put the hanging baskets around your house and garden.It is best to look for nice sheltered, sunny positions. Choose the size of baskets you would like – 12 inch up to 16 inch in diameter are the most popular.Then pick the type of basket you are going to use.There are lots of different types available, from the traditional wire with a moss style liner to a decorative metal or rattan material. You can even get self-watering baskets. Once you have chosen your basket you need to fill this with good quality compost.Use compost with a slow release fertilizer so that your plants will be fed slowly throughout the summer as they need it.Compost should also contain water retention gels. This means that the baskets will not dry out as quickly as ordinary multi-purpose compost might.Westland’s Container & Basket Compost contains both of these for optimum results.Now it’s time to choose your plants. Start by deciding what colour scheme you would like, there are so many options. You can go for one colour, a mix of different colours or a colour scheme depending on your taste.Pick an upright Fuchsia or Geranium for the centre of the basket, and then choose a selection of foliage with flowering basket plants for around the edge.There a so many plants to choose from. Surfinia (trailing petunia), Verbena, Sanvitalia and Million Bells are very colourful plants that will spread throughout the basket and several feet over the edge if well looked after.Choose a Nepeta for a large trailing foliage plant which will fill out your basket and trail down to the ground. If you use a wire basket it is possible to plant some lobelia or trailing basket plants around the side of the basket as you fill it with compost.Remember to push the plants through from the outside so the leaves don’t get damaged.Planting an upright plant in the centre with lots of trailing plants around the edge ensures a uniform shape to your hanging basket.For a 14 inch basket you will need 1 centre piece with 6 basket plants around the edge.Please contact any of the team at Robert Kee Garden Centre for suggestions and advice on other sizes of baskets or plant choices.David’s Top Tips for happy hanging baskets· Water your baskets well as soon as you plant them· Feed weekly with Levington Tomorite – always a good choice for flowering plants· Plants can be thirsty, just because it’s been raining doesn’t mean your baskets have had enough to drink.Water them every day and twice a day during hot weather but not when the sun is shining on them.To check if your basket has been watered enough, place one hand underneath it and try to lift it.If it is very heavy it’s well watered but if it’s quite light, water more.As flowers fade, cut the old flower and a bit of the green stem off. This will keep your baskets flowering in abundance.During stormy weather it may be best to lift down your baskets to prevent them getting damaged.If you have any questions or gardening queries feel free to contact us at Robert Kee Garden Centre, Laghey. Tel: 074 9721805 Ext. 4 E:[email protected] W: www.rkee.ieTalk soon, David Perry HND. Hort, Garden Centre Manager, Robert Kee, Laghey.ROBERT KEE GARDENING TIPS: HOW TO ACHIEVE SUCCESSFUL HANGING BASKETS was last modified: May 28th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Gardening TipsHanging BasketsnewsRobert Keesummer
AIR China has moved to distance itself from “inappropriate’’ comments in an in-flight magazine slammed as racist.The airline says it has ordered the removal of the magazine from its aircraft after a CNBC reporter noticed a travel tip advising visitors to London to take precautions when entering areas “mainly populated by Indians, Pakistanis and black people’’.“We advise tourists not to go out alone at night, and females always to be accompanied by another person when traveling,” the tip said.The entry in the September issue of The Wings of China magazine caused a furore in Britain and prompted demands for an apology.”I am shocked and appalled that even today some people would see it as acceptable to write such blatantly untrue and racist statements,” London-based MP Virendra Sharma told CNN.Air China said in a statement that Wings of China was one of almost 100 magazines distributed in its planes.“These publications are only supplementary reading materials and none of them represents the view of Air China,’’ it said. “The safety tips seen in the article “London, City of Hat Tricks’’ on the September issue of Wings of China are inappropriate.’’The airline said it had also demanded the Wings of China editorial team “learn the lesson, enhance content security so as to avoid similar issues from happening again.’’As an international airline with routes covering six continents, Air China “always highly respects the cultures and traditions or the people from different ethnicities in the world,’’ it said.The incident was deemed serious enough to warrant involvement by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which said it hoped Air China would properly handle the situation.”I want to emphasise the position of the Chinese government,” ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular press briefing. “We always hold that all races are equal and firmly oppose all forms of racial discrimination.”
South Africa now has a new set of banknotes, with the Nelson Mandela notes going into circulation on Tuesday 6 November. The current and new banknotes will circulate together and both remain legal tender.The back of the new notes still feature the Big Five animals and other cultural elements such as San art (Images: South African Reserve Bank, Facebook)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa now has a new set of banknotes, with the Nelson Mandela notes going into circulation on Tuesday 6 November.People used to the colourful animal-themed banknotes will now see an image of the former president on the front, while the reverse will feature the Big Five animals as before.South African Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus described the South African currency as a symbol of the nation, with people handling millions of banknotes every day.“The Reserve Bank is proud to be able to honour South Africa’s struggle icon and first democratically elected president in this way,” she said, “and we thank all our stakeholders for their hard work in making this process possible.”Education and awareness campaignThe Reserve Bank has been running a countrywide educational and awareness campaign in the months leading up to the launch, with advertisements in all media formats including social media, and a dedicated minisite.Citizens have had the chance to familiarise themselves with the security features of the new banknotes through events such as road shows and other outreach initiatives. The region’s common monetary areas of Swaziland, Namibia, Lesotho, Mozambique, Botswana and Zimbabwe were not left out.At the launch of the communication campaign in September, Mandela’s former wife Winnie Madikizela Mandela said she was proud of the new design and thankful to the staff of the Reserve Bank.The current and new banknotes will circulate together and both remain legal tender, said the Reserve Bank.South Africa’s notes are printed by the South African Banknote Company while all coins are manufactured by the South African Mint, both subsidiaries of the Reserve Bank.Improved security featuresThe Reserve Bank has advised people to get to know their new currency through the look, feel and tilt method.Holding the note to the light will reveal a watermark of Mandela on the upper left side, while a representation of the animal that appears on the reverse will be seen in an oval on the lower left. The note’s denomination is written in micro-lettering in the animals just to the left of the main Mandela image. This feature can also be seen on the reverse.Each note has a unique code comprising letters and numbers – these are printed vertically on the bottom left and horizontally on the upper right of the back.By feeling the note, several raised features can be discerned – they are the denomination numeral, the image of Mandela on the front, the words “South African Reserve Bank”, the coat of arms in the top left corner, and the motif on the back.In addition, there are raised lines on the bottom left and right that will help visually impaired people to identify the denomination. The R10 has one raised line and the R20, R50, R100 and R200 have two, three, four and five raised lines respectively.When the note is tilted, further features become apparent – the security thread colour will change to the colour of the respective banknote, and in the thread, the note’s number, the coat of arms and the words SARB and Rand will be seen.The back of the new notes still feature the Big Five animals and other cultural elements such as San art.The number on the bottom right of the R10 and R20 notes is printed in colour-changing ink, while the ink on the R50, R100 and R200 notes gives a rolling-bar effect.Finally, when the note is tilted almost to the horizontal, the denomination numeral appears in the band below the image of Mandela.Decorative elementsThe new notes are decorative as well as functional – each features elements of traditional San rock art, depicting the ancient figures hunting, fishing or engaged in other activities. The familiar Big Five animals are still present on the back – they are the rhino (R10); elephant (R20); lion (R50); buffalo (R100); and leopard (R200).In terms of size, the new notes are the same as the current banknotes. They are 70mm in height, with 6mm differences in length. The colours are also for the most part the same, except for the R200, which is an orange-yellow colour that distinguishes it from the R20 note.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
NBA Africa Game 2018 Competition Terms and ConditionsThis promotion is open to all South African residents aged 18 years and older.This online promotion runs from 1 August 2018 – 2 August 2018.Competition entry mechanics:Entrants must answer a question correctly, as posted on the Brand South Africa social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). Five correct answers will be drawn. Five winners, based in Joburg, will be selected by and notified by a Brand South Africa representative. The winners will be notified via email or telephone. Winners will be prompted to send their details to Brand South Africa via email or telephone In the event that the winners do not respond within 48 hours of notification, or cannot take the prize, new winners will be drawn and substituted as the winners. Prizes – 5 x double tickets to the NBA Africa Game at the Sun Arena Square, Pretoria on the 4th August 2018. The prizes are not transferable and are not exchangeable for kind. 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Man Utd will hand Solskjaer January fundsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have money to spend in January.The Daily Mail says United put the Norwegian in charge of a rebuilding process when he was appointed full-time in March and accept that it will take time for him to turn the club’s fortunes around.They will back Solskjaer in the January transfer window if he wants to strengthen his squad again after spending nearly £150million this summer on Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Dan James. In particular, United are in need of a striker, having allowed Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to leave without signing a replacement.The decision has backfired after Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were injured, while teenage prospect Mason Greenwood missed the West Ham game with tonsillitis. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Arsenal stopper Mustafi reveals he played injured in Liverpool thrashingby Freddie Taylor17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveShkodran Mustafi has revealed he played through injury for Arsenal last season.The German endured a terrible night in the 5-1 loss to Liverpool in December 2018, but he has revealed he wasn’t fit enough to play the game.”I had missed three weeks injured and then went into the game without training with the team because the coach needed me,” he said. “At half-time it was 4-1, I had a few bad moments and injured myself again. “Afterwards, I got a lot of negative comments from Arsenal fans on Instagram and Twitter, and articles were written in which I was harshly criticised.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Aston Villa boss Smith ‘extremely proud’ of Mingsby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa boss Dean Smith was delighted for Tyrone Mings over his England debut.The defender was impressive in Bulgaria, dominated by the racist chanting of home fans.Smith said, “Talking about his football first, extremely proud to see one of my players make his debut for England, assured performance, the biggest accolade I could give him was that it looked like he was playing for Aston Villa. “He was organising people around him, was calm on the ball, the sort of performance we see regularly. “Didn’t get tested defensively but played his part in a good result for England.”He continued, “He’s come back here and trained, got on with things as normal and not really said too much about it. I can only sing his praises. “When we go and look at players and speak to them we know what they’re going to bring football-wise, but it’s that personality, character that you’re looking to find out about. “Me and JT went to meet him and he impressed us. Having met him, brought him here on loan and signed him – we’ve seen him every day and it doesn’t surprise me how he handled the whole situation. “He’s articulate, intelligent and a very good human being as well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@zzLIAMzz11Update: ESPN’s Brett McMurphy has more from Fisher on Golson:Jimbo Fisher: “I’m not making the decision (Golson is). (If he picks FSU) then we’ll talk & go through it”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 12, 2015Jimbo Fisher on Everett Golson meeting: “We never (promise) a guy he’ll be the starter”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 12, 2015Earlier: Earlier today, news came out that former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson is visiting Florida today. Yesterday, Golson was at Florida State, and Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher has confirmed that he has spoken to Golson and is interested in bringing him into the program.Jimbo Fisher met w/Everett Golson Monday. “We’re negotiating. He’s a great young man.”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 12, 2015We’re not sure what he means by “negotiating,” but Fisher has experience coaching against Golson. Last year, Golson very nearly won a dramatic last second game in Tallahassee. If he plays for the ‘Noles this season, it certainly adds a major wrinkle to the ACC in 2015.