Christine’s garden

Apr 29 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 12 comments

The Gardening Blog in the News!

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I was so excited when Christine told me that “We are in the Fair Lady Magazine!!” It was such a surprise to the both of us that our “little” blog made it in one of the top woman’s magazines here in South Africa! We are both grinning from ear to ear and had to share this with all our gardening friends! And the Article reads: “Life long friends Barbie and Christine are [...]

Mar 17 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Perenniels, | 12 comments

Early Autumn in Two Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

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The cooler days are slowly replacing the swelter of summer. The refreshing rains in March will give the Two Gardens a welcome time out! This is the time to reflect and review – what is coming up this season and what can we look forward to. Here’s what’s blooming in Barbie’s garden in March 2013 I have started early with all the cleaning and cutting and digging and clearing. I feel ready for the [...]

Feb 15 2013 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 10 comments

Late summer in Two Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

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When the heat ebbs and the lazy afternoons have been replaced with plans to re-do the beds, then you know that summer is going to be replaced real soon. February has always been the best month of summer, but it looks like this summer was really short! Here’s what’s blooming in Barbie’s garden in February 2013 I am really keen to yank out all my used and dead foliage and get my beds ready [...]

Feb 14 2013 by in Christine's garden, | 11 comments

Flowers to say “I’m Sorry”

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To all my dear gardening friends, I owe you an apology. Life and work (mostly work) caught up with me and have kept me from my garden and my blog. I miss the daily banter and commenting about our gardens tremendously and I’ve missed ‘watching your gardens grow’. Unfortunately it doesn’t look as if things will slow down anytime soon and I’m committed to this crazy work schedule for at least another [...]

Jan 18 2013 by in Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 10 comments

Mid-summer in Two Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

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The Festive Season has passed and the New Year resolutions are still top of mind. The summer has deepened and the blooms are inviting the butterflies and the bees for a friendly visit. The wind this time of year is unusual and the hot, searing air makes all the flowers and plants thirsty. The heat of the summer is upon us so stay cool this Bloom Day! Here’s what’s blooming in Barbie’s garden in [...]

Jan 05 2013 by in Bloggers Harvest Day, Christine's garden, | 7 comments

A Summer Harvest

Another look at the gorgeous Brinjal

My limited edible gardening produces just enough to keep me interested. I like to try new things to see how they grow here and this month I’m having great fun with the Brinjal “Black Beauty” I planted recently. It’s obviously in an ideal spot because it produced flowers almost immediately and the first Brinjal is almost ready for picking. I think I could pick it now but I’d like it to get [...]

Dec 15 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 12 comments

Summer in Two Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

A few of our favourite blooms ...

The summer heat has arrived with a bang! The temperature is rising and the cool spring days have gone. The holiday season is here and the gardeners are keen to get the sprinklers on and new plants in the beds. Time to enjoy the weather and the lazy summer days just gazing into the garden. Here’s what’s blooming in Christine’s garden in December 2012 My garden is flourishing and I’m really thrilled with it. [...]

Dec 07 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 13 comments

Seasonal Celebrations in the Rose Bed

And even more today!

If you come to visit me you’ll ring the door bell from outside and then as you enter and close the door, this is the first thing you will see … It’s what I see every time I look out of my back door and its bursting with blooms right now. In this small corner of my back garden, the roses are maturing and much larger this year. Covered in so many [...]

Dec 05 2012 by in Bloggers Harvest Day, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 14 comments

A Short but Sweet December Harvest

Rosemary and edible Viola thriving in shade

It’s a small harvest. Lots of herbs we use daily and I pick as I need, no big baskets full of produce here this month, just regular picking of the most delightful Basil I’ve grown yet. We’re eating it raw in salads and putting in everything it seems. This one is Basil “minuette”.  It is much smaller (smaller leaves, smaller plant) than the other Basil I grow which has a much stronger [...]

Dec 01 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 19 comments

Intimidating …

Intimidating?

I have a new project. It’s extremely intimidating. Let me share … In November last year My daughter and her partner took ownership of a house they bought, in the same block around the corner, from my home. It’s a fabulous area* and they bought at a great price. Reason the price was so great is the house on the property was so neglected it required extensive work. It was in fact [...]