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Sep 26 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 11 comments

Spring Splendour

10 End September 03

Never have I been so enamored with a flower as I have with my Louisiana Irises. I think that the first specimen has been so magnificent that I have placed this flower on top of my Most Have To Have list. It is so tall and is so perfect that any other Iris will have to bend in its shadow. I wake up in the morning and open my back door and [...]

Sep 26 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Reviews, | 5 comments

Book Review – Exotic Planting for Adventurous Gardeners

Book by Christopher Lloyd & friends

Today I am once again I’m joining Holley of ‘Roses and Other Gardening Joys‘ in doing a monthly book review on a favourite gardening book from my personal library. My chosen book this month was a Birthday present from my Brother last year – and how I love this book. Exoting Planting for Adventurous Gardens by Christopher Lloyd & friends is a beautiful book full of rich colourful photographs showing the exotic [...]

Sep 22 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 16 comments

Front garden cleanup

09 Garden work 05

It has been an eventful week in my garden – with my first Louisiana Iris bloom and with the warm sunny days we have had all week, the energy is there to get the garden looking spiffy! Out came the lawnmower and the big job to cut the knee-high grass! Oh boy! What a job. As the sun sets on a productive day, I look out over my front garden and am [...]

Sep 21 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 7 comments

Seasonal Celebrations

Who me? No Mom! I didn't trample your plants

We’ve been celebrating Spring for the past week and enjoying lovely sunny days and the effect it has in the garden. My favourite tree the Cherry Blossom (type: unknown) is in full bloom and dropping the lovely petals to the ground which creates a magical snow-like look in the beds below. I can stare at this tree for hours, knowing that in two to three short weeks she will be covered in [...]

Sep 20 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, | 9 comments

What beauties

08 Irises 07

I am jumping with glee!! It is so amazing to see my Irises going from buds to blooms. I was like a child waiting for Christmas to arrive!! And it was so worth it! They are magnificent. I was never a real flower garden person, but to have these extraordinary flowers all over my organic vegetable garden has been a great delight!! I will say no more! Just look at the photos! [...]

Sep 15 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 20 comments

Spring in Two Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

06 GBBD September 11

Spring has finally arrived here in the Western Cape, South Africa. As if Mother Nature flipped a switch, the days are warm and the sun is melting the snow of the far mountain pecks. The gardens are excited to get going and we can feel the rush of spring. “Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the [...]

Sep 13 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 8 comments

In the grass bed

I have pinks and whites and a single blue

The ornamental grasses are still a no-show (all cut back and barely visible now), but look … planted as an after-thought the teeny little Salvia plants I couldn’t resist at a nursery visit are coming along splendidly! Who would’ve thought? I’m always reading rave reviews about them, nearly every garden blogger mentions them at some stage and show theirs off – but if I’m being honest, I’ve never been overly enamoured. Up [...]

Sep 12 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 11 comments

Azalea love

I ♥ the Azaleas in my garden

I was asked in the comments section on a previous post for some advice on how to grow and care for Azaleas. I am definitely not an expert, far from it, but I admit that my Azaleas are probably the most reliable and prolific of all the flowering plants I have in my garden. Every spring they surprise me when they start flowering and continue to do so for what seems like [...]

Sep 12 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 8 comments

Another rainy day

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Oh well, the spring sun was covered with clouds today and the rain came tumbling down – again. But Spring is all about the warmth and the rain – the flowers and the showers, right? So here is my garden today – wet and warm. The Spring feeling is in the air and the blues have melted and the spirits are high. I’ve been in the garden all day yesterday – pulling, [...]

Sep 10 2012 by in 1 Minute Tips, Barbie's garden, Do it yourself | 5 comments

One Minute Tips from Barbie’s Garden – 4

Barbies Garden Intro Web

Recycling is an important activity in my house. I always like to find new ways with old things!  Most of our home is furnished with old wood made into tables, old corrugated sheeting hanging from the ceiling, ropes and chains. Here is a quick and easy way to recycle old tins and used clothes pegs. What can you recycle today? Do you have any recycling tips and tricks? If you have a [...]