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Sep 19 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, | 7 comments

Late Garden Bloggers Bloom Day in September

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I have been soaked to the bone this past week and I know that August and September have been some of the wettest months so far in the Cape! So, I had little hope of Spring flowers. I have to admit that the “gardening joy bug” hasn’t hit me yet and with the beginning of Spring already gone, I had to muster up some strength to venture outside into the soggy garden [...]

Sep 05 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, | 18 comments

Back in my Garden

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Well I guess you all thought that I left the country!! Well, I did! I travelled to Germany on business and also to visit family. During this time, my hubby stayed home and said that the weather was cold, wet, very wet and miserable!! I had a fabulous trip and took lots of photos, so I will have to do a special post on my trip. My garden looks forlorn and totally [...]

Jul 30 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 16 comments

What’s eating my parsley?

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Hello my gardening friends! I need your help with something. I just don’t know what is eating my parsley!! I have looked for insects and have looked for caterpillars and I don’t think it is a fungal infection. It is definitely a biting insect! HELP!! I am losing both my parsley bushes and they take so long to grow. Look at the stalk of the parsley – it is being chewed! If [...]

Jul 24 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Do it yourself, Fertiliser, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 4 comments

Keep on Growing

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I am proud to say that I am a Seed Gatherer! I have grown Heirloom seeds with some success and with the rewards, I am collecting the next seasons crop! The two tomato variations I have grown are Blondkofchen and Amish Salad Tomato. Blondkopfchen An heirloom tomato from eastern Germany. The name of this adorable heirloom cherry tomato means “little blonde girl”. These tomato seeds produce big, leafy, indeterminate, regular-leaf tomato plants [...]

Jul 18 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 12 comments

Mandela Day honoured

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Today is International Mandela Day and Madiba’s 95th Birthday! We have all been called to GIVE BACK on this day! The objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere. “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.” My sister, Marion, and I took [...]

Jul 18 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 5 comments

Growing up revisited

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Just a quick post to show the new seedlings growing. I can see the difference between the kale and the chinese cabbage now with the second set of leaves (I am sure they have a more scientific name) coming through. I am excited about the kale – I saw a recipe with kale and it looked so scrumptious!  With so much nutritional value, it can only be a great addition to any [...]

Jul 16 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 5 comments

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day in my winter July 2013

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I did not want to miss another Bloom Day! There is always something blooming here and wanted to join in again, so no one will think that I have closed my garden gate. Even though there is not a lot to see, I love the blooms that are coming through now – my favourite Borage and the sunny Calendula daisy. The worst of winter is passing and the days are getting longer. [...]

Jul 07 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 15 comments

Shabby Chic for the garden

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I have been told that my home is Shabby chic! This is something I have not heard before – where have I been? There is a definition for it in Wikipedia! Shabby Chic is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. We take pride in making almost all our [...]

Jul 04 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 15 comments

Growing up

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No matter what the weather – come winter or summer – rain or shine – seeds will grow!!! I still get excited when I see my seeds sprouting!! It has taken two weeks for them to go from seed to sprouts! The amazingness of nature!! So every two weeks I should be sowing seeds! Wow, I would have a harvest garden for all to envy! I still have to get to that [...]

Jun 25 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 4 comments

Rainy day blues

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I am staring out of my windows today, watching the rain pouring down. A peaceful and unhurried calm always comes over me when I watch the rain fall. It can be so gentle and nourishing, yet have a nasty streak by flooding and destroying! The world is experiencing devastating floods and I am on the otherside of the coin. I am very thankful. We have been having alot of rain this winter [...]