Design

Oct 12 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Perenniels, | 10 comments

Before and After

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I have been watching the growth of my garden and, with the gentle prodding from our friends, I had to do this post to showcase the tremendous change that happened in my small part of the world in the short 6 months since I started my whirlwind, one-woman landscaping exploit. I will do each part separate: I have divided the garden into front, veggie patch (along the side), the fruit tree area [...]

Sep 26 2011 by in Christine's garden, Design, Gardening, Trees | 4 comments

For the Birds …

For the birds

Barbie, this post is especially for you to show you two new additions to the Brazilian Pepper in the back garden. Remember you commented last week that you’d hang things from the tree? Well I took that to heart and then I found this cute bird nectar feeder at the nursery and decided my birdies that wake me at 5 am every morning might make a bit less noise if they had [...]

Sep 25 2011 by in Christine's garden, Design, Gardening, Perenniels, | 11 comments

Garden Bloggers Foliage Day

Festuca Glauca, Acorus and Lamium

Another post I’m late with – I’m joining Christina of Creating my own garden of the Hesperides in her new monthly Garden Bloggers Foliage Day which takes place on the 22nd of every month. As I also took part in Foliage Follow-up on the 15th, I found it a bit difficult to do another post about foliage so soon after, without being totally repetitive. That is, until I had the bright idea [...]

Sep 18 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Trees | 4 comments

Apple Espalier

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My next project is to learn how to do an Espalier Tree. I bought 2 apple trees last week and I have an ugly vibracrete wall I want to hide, and this will be perfect!! The term espalier refers to the way fruit trees are trained to grow against a wall. It makes the tree easier to prune and the fruit easier to pick. This decorative method was often used traditional walled [...]

Sep 04 2011 by in Christine's garden, Design, Gardening, Perenniels, | 39 comments

All about Change – the Azalea bed, then and now

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If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.  ~ Author Unknown I’ve long hung on to the overgrown trees I inherited in my garden, believing that excessive cutting back or pruning would change things radically. I was wary of changing things too much. Mostly, I was wary of losing my fiercely guarded privacy. You see, I’m a very private person, reclusive some will tell you. And mostly, I liked it that way. [...]

Aug 10 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 10 comments

Patchwork Patio design

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Hi Chris, I thought about what you said on coming to sit on your patio to get a feel of it. I had this Patchwork Patio idea in my head but did not actually know what it was going to look like. I did my research on the tiles and pebble prices and found everything at Cape Garden Centre. The prices were the best by far and got everything – I mean [...]

Aug 03 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 16 comments

New grass patch

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Hi Chris – today was the day! I fetched my grass sods from our friend, Kevin, who grows the most amazing indigenous grass. (Star Light Lawn) This grass is Cynodon – an indigenous grass, valued for its drought tolerance compared to most other lawn grasses. Also known as Bermuda grass, originally from the savannas of Africa. It grows in open areas where there are frequent disturbances such as grazing, flooding, and fire. [...]

Jul 28 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, | 17 comments

Design beginnings for the back

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Hi Chris, I was busy again this weekend – I don’t know where this energy comes from!! The bags of compost arrived from Nonke – all 30 of them!! They are super heavy and I had to scheme how I was going to bring each one to the back garden. I worked out a 3-phase plan to get each bag into the wheel barrow, whew! I managed to get 15 bags (one [...]

Jul 20 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 20 comments

back-breaking back garden project

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I have finally completed the hard landscaping of my back garden. It has been a gruelling weekend with great weather to help me complete the job! I don’t know where the energy came from, but I was literally in the back garden from sun up to sun down. I think the photos say it all! I was constantly being “assessed” by the chicken brigade! But I did get the final nod by [...]

Jul 11 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 9 comments

Finished the bed building

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It has been back-breaking business, but I have finally finished building the raised beds for the back garden this weekend. The chickens enjoyed the company and the new play area! I have filled the first bed with all the good and rich organic material. I have a friend that has horses and had straw bales for me! It is out-of-season, so they were more pricey than normal. But they are the best [...]