Oct 27 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 13 comments

Last October Days

After the heat of yesterday and the windy morning, I finally ventured out into the garden to see what needed tending. Besides the blown-over trellis and the build-up of weed, I was amazed to see lots of new growth and happy flowers. I am amazed at how much a garden can really give you when you offer some love and care.  I treasure the surprises and the jump-for-joy moments, like the new […]

Oct 22 2012 by in 1 Minute Tips, Barbie's garden, Gardening | 5 comments

One Minute Tips from Barbie’s Garden – 5

We all love fresh lemons!! But how can we get the most out of them……. here is my tip on using lemons in the kitchen. What can you do with your lemon today? Do you have any tips and tricks? If you have a tip to share – let me know! Maybe yours will be selected and I will do a “One Minute Tip” on it! Happy Gardening xxxx

Oct 19 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 12 comments

Wet October day

Well, the sun is hiding behind dark, ominous clouds and the rain is coming down. I know my garden loves it and after a few warm days, I am quite happy sitting indoors. Just survived a bout of nasty flu and a quiet weekend inside with a great book sounds like a good idea. I did, however, take a quick walk around to see what needed my attention, but my plants all […]

Oct 15 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 16 comments

Mid-Spring in Two Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

My Japapanese Crabapple (malus floribuna)

The sun is up early and the earth is warming up day by day, now that we are midway through Spring. Some blooms have come to an end but this only makes way for bigger and brighter flowers. Trips to the well-stocked local nursery are frequent to get all that is needed for a burst of colour with new seedlings and flowering plants. Here’s what’s blooming in Christine’s garden in October 2012 The warmer […]

Oct 08 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, | 2 comments

Babiana Beauties

Christine introduced me to the indigenous flower called Babiana last year, but it never flowered because the chickens scratched it up a few times. Now that the garden is protected from the roaming marauders, I have had the pleasure of watching the Babiana grow and flower. I was so excited to see these in my new corner of the back garden. Babiana is a genus of flowering plants in the family Iridaceae […]

Oct 08 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 8 comments

A look around

And the Lilies have started to flower

I’m really tired of the cold weather. Where is Spring? It’s almost mid October and my barometer tells me its 10°C or 50°F (I’m not sure how accurate it is, but it sure feels that cold). Yesterday was a lovely sunny day (sunny but not warm) and I took a walk around the garden and was surprised at how much is looking pretty despite the weird weather. I’m loving the Lilies again […]

Oct 07 2012 by in Bloggers Harvest Day, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 2 comments

Small Spring harvest

Spring harvest

I was not very diligent with my Spring veggie and herb planting so my harvest this month has been small. The endless rainy and cool weather took the “feel-like-it” right out of me and now I’m regretting not planting a few more things a bit earlier in the season. But I do have a few things to show. Notably, the Lemon grass is looking fabulous and I’ve harvested plenty, so much so […]

Oct 05 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Bloggers Harvest Day, Gardening, | 10 comments

Garden Bloggers Harvest Day in October

The days are now longer and this our tenth Garden Bloggers Harvest Day, the 5th day of October 2012 in the Southern Hemisphere.  Two Gardens are spending more and more time out doors! Spring showers are the order of the day, but the sun is warming the days and invigorating the growth of our plants. Let’s see what can be harvested from Barbie’s Garden this month The sowing of seeds has been done and I am patiently […]

Sep 30 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 14 comments

Painting the pond

Special Gold fish

About two weeks ago we had a minor episode with electrical boards tripping and the problem was traced to the pond. Our wonderful friend and electrician Gavin was here in minutes and pronounced the wiring to the pond had deteriorated so badly it needed to be rewired. This required draining the pond so I decided it was an opportune time to repaint the interior of the pond which has been annoying me […]

Sep 27 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 15 comments

Six, Seven, Eight

Gaura and Lavender together

In January this year, Diana of Elephant’s Eye invited us to write a plant portrait each month. “I challenge you, in 2012, each month choose a plant. Archived pictures of flowers, berries, autumn leaves, wildlife endorsing your choice. Start fresh – what will be your signature plant?” In January I profiled Carex evergold and in February I raved about the Pittosporum eugenioides ‘Variegata’. In March it was Dietes grandiflora and in May it was […]