Apr 16 2011 by in Christine's garden, Design, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Products, | 8 comments

Non-plant garden things and some non-garden plant things

Non plant Bird Bath

Hi Barbie – your post about Non-plant Garden Things you did last week motivated me look around the garden and see what photo-worthy “Non-Plant garden things” I have. I have a few but I don’t have as many as I would really like. Right now I’m dreaming of a statue for my deep-shade garden, maybe a fair maiden carrying a water jug, surrounded by some lovely ferns and moss, a few lillies […]

Apr 14 2011 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Design, Gardening, | 5 comments

The great big gardening makeover!


Hi Chris, I have been so busy with work and stuff this past week, I hardly had a moment free! So now I have to catch up on all my posts I have been saving up! I am so inspired and excited to let you in on my BIG gardening makeover. After our trip to Elgin I have been reading and researching on grasses and paths and designs and permiculture. I am […]

Apr 09 2011 by in Christine's garden, Design, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 2 comments

A Garden Pathway


Hi Barbie – this one is especially for you. Here are the photographs of the garden path you asked me to take at Fairholme Nursery in Elgin on Wednesday. I love this look too and am seriously considering doing something like this in my back garden. The lawn I have there is not really doing it for me anymore and it guzzles huge amount of water to keep it looking even half-way […]

Mar 30 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Gardening, Miscellaneous | 5 comments

Plan for the front patch


Hi Chris, Your suggestion about adding grasses into my front patch has really got me thinking. I’m going to totally revamp this old lavender patch – shame, they have had a good 4 years. So – I am going to pull all that out and start fresh! I sat having a coffee and sketched out, more or less, what I see for this front section. I have the dry river bed effect […]

Mar 09 2011 by in Design, Miscellaneous | 5 comments

The Gardening Blog gets a Logo

The Gardening Blog Logo

The lovely and talented Kristen of Scarlett Design has designed a logo for us here at The Gardening Blog… we hope you like! We’re very proud of our new logo. Why do we need one? We don’t really n e e d a logo but we thought it would be nice to have one anyway. If you need a logo designed for your blog or business contact Kristen Barret at Scarlett Design. […]

Mar 06 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Gardening, Products, Reviews, | 1 comment

The Magic Seeder

Magic Seeder

Hi my friend. I had the chance to test the Magic Seeder you bought for me – and what a GREAT product! You know how I find the whole process of sowing the seeds and then having to separate the seedlings quite difficult ….. when they are so delicate. I also tend to put too many seeds down and when they grow, the mass of seedlings are too compact, reason for the […]

Feb 18 2011 by in Design, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 5 comments

Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens

Water Lily at Stellenbosch Botanical Garden

A dear friend of mine, Wanda of the award-winning South African Eco-directory and blog, Urban Sprout, sent me these photographs she took on a recent visit to the Stellenbosch Botanical Garden. She has very kindly said I may use the photos here on the blog to show our non-South Africa friends this very small but gorgeous garden tucked away in the second oldest town in the Cape. As I was born in […]

Jan 18 2011 by in Christine's garden, Design, Miscellaneous, | 2 comments

Unusual Planters

Unusual Planters

I love creative gardening – you know, when people do creative things in their gardens with plants and planting vessels. Like these two old boats filled with vegetable plants and the other with Nasturtiums. A friend of mine was in the little fishing village of Paternoster on the Cape West Coast recently and they stopped off for coffee at a little place called “Oep vir Koep”. (For our non-South African readers, “oep […]

Jan 16 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Design, Do it yourself, Gardening, Products, Reviews | 2 comments

The DIY Planter

DIY Planter

Here is the Planter you gave me for my birthday. I just love it! It works beautifully and I so love this that I am going to make more for the garden – they are simple to put together. And now that you have given me your dimensions, we are going to be busy building a whole lot of them. They are waist high, so you have an easy reach when you […]

Jan 14 2011 by in Design, Miscellaneous | 2 comments

The Nogg Urban Chicken Coop

Nogg Chicken Coop

I just stumbled across this Urban Chicken Coop by Nogg and thought you might like this. If I was going to have chickens (would love to, but Dexter & Hercules … well, you know!) I would so get me one of these for them to live in. How cool and stylish is this?? The blurb goes … A stylish & sculptural piece of garden furniture with breakfast thrown in! Here is a […]