Christine’s garden

May 24 2012 by in Bugs & Pests, Christine's garden, Gardening | 9 comments

Bug Day

Caterpillar "face"

Is there a ‘Garden Bloggers Bug Day’? Just kidding, I couldn’t actually cope with another ‘gardening meme‘ – there are so many great ones and simply not enough time to join in with all of them, but as I always seem to be posting about bugs and know of at least two other bloggers that do it too, it got me wondering whether it’s just the few of us that are so [...]

May 20 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening | 7 comments

Bulb planting 2012

Some of the new bulbs (Freesias)

Last year I spent quite a bit on spring-flowering bulbs and populated my garden with lots of Daffodils, Ranunculus, Tulips, Ixias, Freesias and a few Dutch Irises. After my initial ‘bulb planting’ fest I planted quite a few Asiatic Lilies in the Azalea bed and loved the show I had during Spring right through to the beginning of summer. It gave me so much pleasure to be able to pick flowers in [...]

May 16 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 13 comments

Foliage Follow-up – What happened?

Acorus gramineus

It’s the 16th day of the month which means its time to join Pam at Diggings for Foliage Follow Up, the monthly gardening meme where garden bloggers showcase the beauty of foliage in their gardens. This month I’m looking for advice … “Variegation is the appearance of differently coloured zones in the leaves, and sometimes the stems, of plants. This may be due to a number of causes. Some variegation is attractive [...]

May 14 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 16 comments

It’s almost Winter in Two Gardens for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day

There's one! Barleria obtusa

Brrr … Winter is officially two weeks away but it’s feeling decidedly cold and ‘wintry’ already. There’s not really much blooming in our gardens right now but a little planning means we have a few pretty blooms so that we can still take part in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – this being our 15th time! Thank you for joining us for our late Autumn show of whats flowering in our South African [...]

May 13 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 4 comments

Camellia bed update

camellia-bed-01-big

I don’t really know why I call this ‘The Camellia Bed”, I have far more Camellias in the back garden than in this small corner, but that’s its name … the Camellia Bed. It started out as a very dark corner with overgrown trees casting deep shade onto the swimming pool – as a result we hardly used the pool). We slowly transformed the area as detailed in this post and then [...]

May 10 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 2 comments

Lovely Camellias

Lovely Camellia

Flowers are the poetry of earth, as stars are the poetry of heaven ~ Unknown The Camellias are like stars twinkling in my winter garden … Some of the branches have too many buds on them so I’ve been picking off the weaker looking ones so we get better blooms. There are so many flowers and hundreds and hundreds of still-to-open buds … it’s just lovely! Happy Gardening! xxx

May 05 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Bloggers Harvest Day, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 9 comments

Garden Bloggers Harvest Day in May

Harvest Day in May 2012

Welcome to our fifth Garden Bloggers Harvest Day this 5th day of May 2012. Our Two Gardens are in a change of season mode and being faithful to nature, we are preparing our gardens for the new growth ahead. So the sowing and the harvesting of seeds are the topic of discussion. We can officially declare summer over and the Autumn short! We are looking past all the fallen leaves and dead branches and, just by [...]

Apr 30 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 16 comments

New plants and grasses for the sunny bed

I love the colours and foliage

I’ve been dragging my feet with planting up the new bed in the back. I spent so much time “designing” and “planning” that I wasn’t actually getting anything done. I had this idea to add a rose on either side and a huge pot in the middle back spot. I hunted for the pot I have in my mind and I couldn’t find it. I don’t want to buy the first pot [...]

Apr 29 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 7 comments

Garden update

New shade plants

The wind has been whipping through my garden stirring up lots of mess and exposing areas in need of attention. I’m itching to get outside and get my bulbs planted but it’s really not much fun when its cold and blowing a storm. Today when I went outside to start planting, my sweet gardening buddies (dogs and cat) sat at the window and watched me from inside – so I realised my [...]

Apr 24 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, | 8 comments

The Colour of Autumn

Evergreens keep looking good

If you look past the mess and obvious work that needs to be done you will find little spots of colour and beauty in my Autumn garden. But, you reee-ally need to look past a lot of debris and fallen leaves to see it. If you love the look of fallen leaves and fading blooms, then you don’t have to look too hard to marvel at the changes that are happening in [...]