Jul 21 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 17 comments

Edible flowers in my garden

05 GBBD July 26

I came across an article on edible flowers some time ago and while I was thinking of something to blog about, I remembered this and I was quite surprised that I have quite a few of them that grow in my garden (some from Spring to Summer). Of the 35 or so flowers mentioned, I have 21 of them!! These blossoms are used in teas or salads. The borage flower has a [...]

Jul 16 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 27 comments

Mid winter in Two Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

Can you believe this Iris?

It’s the coldest winter we’ve had in the Western Cape here in South Africa for as long as we can remember. There’s snow on the mountains nearby and everybody is talking about how cold it is. The promised storms we were warned about passed us by and hit further inland with snow falling in places in South Africa where it has never snowed before. Around here we had a lot of rain, [...]

Jul 13 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 9 comments

Disaster struck (the story of the overgrown Bougainvillea)

After the collapse ...

We’ve had our fair share of stormy weather, but this was not a weather related incident. This was all about the Bougainvillea deciding it had enough of being trained up a trellis, growing thick and powerful and then planning its escape … Before … a happy space to while away the day When I bought this house there was  sort of mirror mosaic on the wall which we were not fond of. [...]

Jul 12 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Gardening, Perenniels, | 4 comments

New patch plantings

01 New Patch 02

Hi Chris – I know I mentioned this to you last week already, but I had little time to get the photo’s done and up for you to see. I know I keep telling you how I love your Nandina, well I have now bought some as well as azaleas to go in my shade patch in the back garden. Everything else I have planted here has died; either ripped out by [...]

Jul 09 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 9 comments

Gardening in July

01 Gardening in July 04

These wet and rainy winter days are enjoyed by some and not by others. I, on the one hand, like the cool and the wet because our summers are intense and the hard clay ground is unworkable. The winter ground is soft and yielding and I can now spend time digging beds and preparing them for the new season, plan the design of new paths, and any new constructions can be actioned! [...]

Jul 07 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 8 comments

Bugs ‘n Boids

01 Gardening in July 06

Had a bit of fun in the garden after it rained so hard. The poor birds looked like wet rags hanging on the bare fig tree. They are so part of my garden that you might as well call me the dove lady! Every morning the massive exodus of birds from my deck when I open the back door is a sight to behold. They all seem to sleep all over the [...]

Jul 06 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 20 comments

Meadow in colour

03 Meadow in July 09

Hi Chris – the meadow patch is blooming!! There are delicate flowers every where and more to come….. I know there are weeds in between the flowers, but thats a meadow, right? I know there are alyssums, nasturtiums, cosmos but no real flowers yet, there are phlox and marigolds and others I need help with. Take a look at how nice it looks now! It needs some sort of styling, but at [...]

Jul 05 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Bloggers Harvest Day, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 12 comments

Garden Bloggers Harvest Day in July

04 GBHD July 09

Winter Blues  are deep set this month as we start off on our seventh Garden Bloggers Harvest Day this 5th day of July 2012 in the southern hemisphere, and the gardeners of Two Gardens have very little to show off. All the gardening magazines highlight the fact that we should be harvesting our cabbages, cauliflowers and broccolis, but this is far from happening. Well, the temperatures have been rather cold and we have spotted snow on [...]

Jun 29 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 5 comments

Fleeing Fugitives


This week started off with a hint of “Police File” investigations. Familiar sounds – usually heard in prison, I mean cages! – emanating from the tree tops surrounding our house. Well, what do you know!?? Two fleeing fugitives caught in my camera sights…. Barney Blue and Yam Yam Yellow! Don’t know where they escaped from, but are now having either long soliloquy cheep-chats with bored pigeons or flitting at high speed from [...]

Jun 24 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 15 comments

Foliage in my wet winter garden

Cape thatching reed looks wonderful

After Barbie showed us her winter garden I thought it was about time I ventured out into the garden between downpours to take a few photographs so I too can show you my wet winter garden. This weekend it has rained pretty much non-stop here in the Newlands valley where I live. Its been cold and chilly and I have not been inspired to do any major garden projects. We’ve been staying [...]