Starring Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong'o, Black Panther centers on a black superhero T'Challa/The Black Panther (Boseman) the king and hero of the fictional African country of Wakanda. The comic that inspired the film was first created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966.
African daises like ‘Soprano’ are better for pressing than very full daises. Layer the flowers between sheets of blotting paper and flatten them under books or bricks for a week or two, or dry them in a box filled with desiccant. Use your pressed daises in crafts or frames; dried daises that retain their shape are pretty in floral arrangements or wreaths.
As the ornamental grasses sway in the wind, they draw even more attention to the sturdy South African aloes. With their long leaves and dark green coloring, these plants are a gorgeous addition to the garden.
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'Lonestar Snowstorm' is a standard African violet (R. Nicholas, hybridizer). Its white blooms are called "sticktite", which means that they don't drop from the bloom stem when they fade. African violets need good air circulation to help prevent disease, but don't put them in a drafty spot.
Semi-miniature trailing African violets, like ‘Linda Darnel’ (P. Tracey, hybridizer), grow about 6 to 8 inches in diameter. Use room temperature water when you’re watering your plants, and avoid using soft water. African violets actually need some chlorination, but if you can smell the chemical in your chlorinated water, it’s too much.
This South African ranch once belonged to famed golfer Gary Player. In addition to a private golf course (of course), the farm also has facilities for raising and training racehorses with stables, treatment rooms and an oval race track.
Try ‘Candy Fountain’ (I. Fredette, hybridizer) in a shallow container or hanging basket. This trailing African violet produces double, rose-pink flowers on long runners and has more than one crown. Be careful not to overwater these plants. An African violet’s soil should be moist, but never soggy.
‘Lyon’s Lavender Magic’ (Lyndon Lyon Greenhouses/Sorano, hybridizer) is a large standard African violet; large standards can reach over 16 inches in diameter. The plants have quilted, medium green foliage. Some gardeners put their African violets under grow lights, but they also thrive in natural light. Winston J. Goretsky, president of the African Violet Society of America, says, “African violets like to have bright, indirect light. Even a south-facing window with sheers is good, as long as it doesn't become too hot or the plant is allowed to dry out to the point of wilting.”
‘Milky Way Trail’ (J. Stahl, hybridizer) is a semi-miniature trailer with quilted, heart-shaped leaves. African violets need regular grooming; brush away any dust or dirt with a soft brush, and remove faded flowers and damaged leaves.
Habachy Designs wanted to create depth through texture. The chandelier is made from natural Nguni cow horn in Africa, the table is made of solid wood and clad in antique brass and textured. The dining chairs have a clean, modern silhouette but are slipcovered to give a more casual look. The atom bowl holding succulents is made of iron and hand-crafted which gives it more character. Accessories throughout the space are artifacts and imported pieces from Africa and Asia. The vintage lion door knocker was an accessory that was found, custom mounted and had a stand built specifically to showcase the piece on the mantel.
Located on the fertile banks of the Okavango River, this casually elegant home-away-from-home is worlds away from a typical hotel suite. Constructed to resemble a tent, this bedroom's canvas walls and ceiling contribute to the open, airy feel of the space.
This semi-miniature African violet, ‘Mac’s Strawberry Sundae’ (G. McDonald, hybridizer), has coral-red blooms. African violet blooms have many different flower shapes, including singles, stars (5 petals in a star shape), doubles, semidoubles, ruffled doubles, ruffled stars, and wasps (5 petals, with the upper two slightly curled back). Winston J. Goretsky, president of the African Violet Society of America, says the plants will bloom when they get sufficient light. “No amount of care or feeding will encourage them to bloom if they are not receiving enough light. Available light diminishes drastically, the further distance away from a window the plant is grown. A plant grown on a coffee table in the middle of a room will grow, but may not bloom.”
An African keyhole garden is basically a raised bed with a wire cylinder standing upright in the center. Most of these gardens have an opening that lets you walk into the bed and easily add materials to the cylinder. Flowers or veggies are planted in the bed, and as the materials decompose, rain or water from your hose carries nutrients and good organisms from them into the surrounding soil.
The spacious African-inspired lounge incorporates a thatched roof and smooth adobe walls. The welcoming natural tones and relaxed furnishings create a unique environment for enjoying the surrounding views.
African violets come in a spectacular variety of leaf types, flower shapes, colors and sizes. Learn more about their care at the African Violet Society of America. This plant, ‘Pixie Blue’ (L. Lyon, hybridizer), is a miniature trailer with single flowers.