Christine’s garden

Jul 29 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 15 comments

Too pretty to eat

New acquisition: Lemon Thyme

Hi Barbie – I was very inspired by your post about the Edible Flowers in your garden. It got me thinking, how many edible flowers do I have in my garden? Your list is really very comprehensive and includes some flowers I did not know were edible. I’ve been watching a lot of MasterChef series lately and am always charmed by the look of the dishes that use edible flowers in their [...]

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 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 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 [...]

Jun 22 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 12 comments

Camellia is fifth of my Twelve

Camellia

My shade garden in the middle of winter would be dull indeed if it were not for the bursts of colour provided by the Camellias known as ‘The Empress of Winter’. Another fabulous foundation plant in my garden, Camellias are wonderful evergreen shrubs or small trees that provide seemingly never-ending large blooms in hues of white, pink and cerise, even red. Any post I do in winter seems to feature at least [...]

Jun 15 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 21 comments

Two Gardens in Winter for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

The stunning red Camellia, size of a side plate

It is taking a little more effort in June to put together something interesting from our Two Gardens this winter. Even though the foliage and the surrounding trees and shrubs are not looking too shabby, the blooms are timid and don’t seem in the mood to show their faces. We have captured a few hidden gems and hope to impress a few of you this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day! Here’s what’s blooming [...]

Jun 07 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 7 comments

Surprises in the pond

Pond plants

At the end of February I wrote about my plans for giving my pond a bit of a make-over. I got as far as adding a few new plants to the pond and then … well Autumn came, it got cold, with that my enthusiasm waned somewhat and I decided to wait for Spring before I continue. But the plants have started to grow … So waiting for Spring was not on [...]

Jun 04 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Bloggers Harvest Day, Christine's garden, | 23 comments

Garden Bloggers Harvest Day in June

coriander

Winter starts us off on our sixth Garden Bloggers Harvest Day this 5th day of June 2012 in the southern hemisphere, and the gardeners of Two Gardens have been hit hard with the “flu blues” and “sinus struggles” the past week, but on the mend. Even though our winters are not that harsh, they can be wet and stormy. This threatens our delicate seedlings in our vegetable and herb gardens planted in autumn. The winter seeds [...]

Jun 03 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 9 comments

My Winter garden

Camellia

The stars of my winter garden are without question, the Camellias. Looking particularly beautiful this year, the big red Camellia in my back garden has just opened her first blooms and is covered in buds waiting to open. Tucked in amongst other plants and taller growing shrubs are the smaller Camellias shrubs, some of which are flowering for the first time this year. Their lovely pink flowers draw attention to the lower [...]