Barbie’s garden

Jul 21 2014 by in Barbie's garden, Miscellaneous, | 4 comments

The Mouse Whisperer

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This is the cutest thing! I have a family of striped field mice living under our outside deck and every day I throw them a Provita cracker. Lately, they have been waiting for me. I always whistle and make a “Provita feeding time” sound, so I decided to try hand feeding today. The smallest mouse – I call him Scout because he is the one they send out to collect the food [...]

Jun 17 2014 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 2 comments

May Day Blooms

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I have been so amazed with the weather we had in May and early June. We had sunny & warm days and wet & windy days as well as snow-on-top of Table Mountain days!!! And this can all happen in one week!! The garden takes a real knock, though! The big confusion happens when the peach tree is dropping its autumn leaves and then, ….out of no where a PINK BUD! A [...]

May 25 2014 by in Barbie's garden, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 16 comments

Garden revamp for water wise gardening

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Hi all my gardening friends!!!! I have been re-vamping the garden so that 2014 is going to be a water-wise and energy efficient year! One of the reasons I fell off the radar!! All the work was done by my hubby, Hannes, and myself so any extra free time was spent fixing and building! I am going to share with you the front garden changes and the new addition of our rain [...]

Feb 24 2014 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 7 comments

Badboy bugs

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This last season I hardly had any problems with beetles, bugs, caterpillars and aphids in my garden. The ones that did come by uninvited, they didn’t leave too much damage – almost as if they were being polite. The aphids were devoured by ladybugs and the caterpillars were hand-picked and “placed” elsewhere (the chickens don’t like the furry, colourful squigglies) But these little nasties destroyed my rocket OVERNIGHT!! My sweet rocket and [...]

Feb 18 2014 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, | 12 comments

Sunflowers from sunny Cape Town

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Hi all gardening friends!! My year started off very busy work wise and the summer has kept me more outdoors than in! We are experiencing a heat wave in Cape Town these past few days so 32 to 38 degrees is the average!! Whew!! Hot in Philly!! I have to show you my beautiful Sunflowers that were all over my garden this summer. They are now going to seed, but were spectacular [...]

Nov 22 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Miscellaneous, | 7 comments

Spotted an Owl

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This beautiful Spotted Eagle Owl was spying on me while I was working in the garden. It looks like we have a pair that are breeding behind our house in the field. I think he was the male because his call was only two “Hoooo hooooooo’s”.  I see a number of owls where we live and are not fussed by us. Our mice have suddenly disappeared since seeing them around.  I found [...]

Oct 25 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 12 comments

October clean up

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It is always a good idea to have a family visit to motivate you to get the garden looking great! This got me energized and I have enjoyed the manual labour! Got all the muscle groups working! I ordered bags and bags of compost and bark for mulch and got my act together! It might not look like much from the photos but the whole garden was tackled! I also have some [...]

Oct 15 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 1 comment

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day in October

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My joy to see some sun and that the garden is looking springy for the first time this Spring. It still needs some loving care from the gardener, but in essence it is looking colourful and fun. There are areas where Mother Nature has used her own initiative and gathered a few seeds from last season and made a fabulous display! I spent less at the garden nursery these past months and [...]

Oct 13 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 6 comments

Garden Clutter

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Ok – so now I am back in my garden and all I see is clutter and mishmash and an overgrown, totally out-of-control garden. Well, that is not so bad because I don’t particularly like too much order in my garden! They say that weeds are plants that haven’t learnt to grow in rows! But a happy companion growth is good!! All I decided to do today was record the, aah-hem! mess! [...]

Oct 11 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Bloggers Harvest Day, Recipes, | 10 comments

Iris Delight

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I have missed my garden and I have missed my gardening friends and I have missed my best friend – all because of too much work and bad weather, in that order! I can never have too much work, because this means there is a positive feeling out there in the market! The bad weather isn’t really BAD – just when too much rain takes over the garden, I don’t feel like [...]