Christine’s garden

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 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 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 08 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 7 comments

It’s all too beautiful …

Azalea Alley

It’s all too beautiful when the spring sun starts to warm up the earth and the plants respond by showing their first blooms and sprouting forth with lovely fresh new foliage. Gardening buddy Holly from Roses and other Gardening Joys said to me recently that when the first Iris blooms it is officially Spring – so hallelujah Cape Town! It is officially Spring here and this is the beautiful first Iris in [...]

Sep 02 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 9 comments

The second Spring day

Happy Spring!

Welcome Spring! At last some lovely weather, we’ve had two cold but sunny days. Wonderful sunshine and the plants have perked up by the end of the second day. Welcome Spring! The Azaleas are the star in my early spring garden. I love all the pink and cerise blooms and after the rains they are all showing lovely fresh growth and beautiful blooms. The first Ipheon flower has shown its face. I [...]

Aug 31 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 6 comments

Almost …

The first Iris bud (I forget the type)

It’s almost Spring! Yay! The first sunny day in weeks and I went to see about the damage caused by storms and all the rain. Lots of neglected corners, the lawn needs serious attention, lots of plants need care, pruning, cutting back and my “To Do” list gets longer every second as I walk around the various sections of my garden. But signs of Spring are everywhere. Weigelias are starting to bloom, [...]

Aug 09 2012 by in Annuals, Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 13 comments

Spring is on its way

Which will soon look like the others

It was a public holiday here in South Africa today (Women’s Day*), AND the sun was shining for a change, so I managed to get out into the garden. Several urgent tasks required my attention and thanks to the sunny weather, I was able to get quite a bit done. The new Jasminum polyanthum which I bought as a replacement for the Bougainvillea (that became overgrown, crashed and was removed) were finally [...]

Aug 05 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 19 comments

My Late Winter Harvest

A closer look at my stash

I’ve been winding down my little herb and vegetable plantation (read: pots and planters filled with herbs and greens) in order to prepare the planters and pots with fresh compost and soil for planting up of fresh seedlings for Spring. So my harvest is small, but it sure packs a punch. For our August Garden Bloggers Harvest Day I’ve managed to fill a basket with wonderful herbs we will use in out [...]